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GTX 570 Twin Frozr III PE vs GTX 580 Lightning 1.5GB

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I have been back and forth in this decision on my graphics card, but now I have come upon a complication. I don't have the room for the desk I wanted, so I won't be able to get 3 monitors.

I have already purchased 2 Dell U2312HM monitors, and I will only be gaming on 1 of them when I game. I will be playing BF3, D3, GW2, and Skyrim primarily.

I have narrowed it down to these MSI cards.

MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III PE 1.25GB $370

MSI GTX 580 Lightning 1.5GB $500

Either one of them is in my budget, but is the 580 worth the extra $130 over the 570 in my case. I will be keeping this card most likely until Maxwell releases, which is when I will get new cards and run 3 monitors.

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Lightnings are amazing clocking cards, I always have the opinion of going for the best that you can afford. Since its not going to hinder the rest of the system components you're going to buy (as you already have them), I see no reason to not get the 580 Lightning.
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1.What are the rest of your system specs eg CPU RAM poer supply etc

2.What resolution and quailty do you want to play at.

3. What kind of FPS is acceptable.

If the above does not matter get the GTX 580
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well I don't actually have the rest of the parts yet, but I am buying everything in the next month. But I don't plan on changing anything in it. Just to add whichever graphics card I decide.


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1.What are the rest of your system specs eg CPU RAM poer supply etc

2.What resolution and quailty do you want to play at.

3. What kind of FPS is acceptable.

If the above does not matter get the GTX 580
The entire system is in my sig down below. I will be gaming at 1920x1080. I want to play at as high of settings I can, while maintaining really good FPS.
    
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At the point where you can both afford them it's really whether you want to pay 130,- extra for 8-15% performance difference? And whether you really need it at 1920*1080.
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At the point where you can both afford them it's really whether you want to pay 130,- extra for 8-15% performance difference? And whether you really need it at 1920*1080.
Yeah.
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Id like to play at 1920x1080, and if its only 8-15% extra performance, is that before overclocking the gpu?
    
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Nice sig rig!

Go for the GTX 580 to top it off. Best plan. ^_^
     
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I can't tell you if it's worth it to you, but what I can say is that $500 is a good price for the 580 as it's usually at $525. The 570 is actually pretty high currently, it's been at $315 for quite a while on Amazon and was even up for like $270 on Amazon for a few hours. So if you must buy now then IMO the 580 is a better deal, because the 570 has been much cheaper in the past and will likely be again in the future. That's doesn't mean it's going to be worth it to you, but I like my Lightning and feel it's a good performance increase over the 570 I used to have. It's really nice to be able to just max any game and play it smoothly without having to fiddle with settings or worry about what frames you can expect.
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Either one of them is in my budget, but is the 580 worth the extra $130 over the 570 in my case. I will be keeping this card most likely until Maxwell releases, which is when I will get new cards and run 3 monitors.
Like Juano said, whether its worth it or not is really pretty subjective. Given what you said above though, imo you should get the single most powerful card you can.

In terms of raw price/performance, it's not the best buy. The 580 is ~12% faster but costs ~40% more.

Overall Performance


Performance Per Dollar (based on MSRP)


But the extra memory and horsepower may give the card longer legs if you really plan to hold off til 2013 or later. BTW, is SLI a possibility for you?

If price is a big issue, you might want to just wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Always amazing deals then... I'm hoping to snag a 256GB M4 myself
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