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Hey all,

Just trying to finalize my build before I make all my purchases.

I have decided on going with 2 x Dell u2412m monitors, and 99% of my gaming will be on one monitor in windows mode/single screen while I use the other monitor to multitask/web surf/ etc. I primarily play WOW in windows mode, MW2/COD, etc in 1920x1080.

As you can see my sig build, I have chose to go with the EVGA GTX 580, but I am stuck at the moment on whether this card as a single GPU is worth it, or am I better off going with 2 x 570s in SLI.

I prefer to stick with NVIDIA, not a fanboy just a personal preference.

My real question is, what is the best current card(s) setup to satisfy my needs of running high graphics settings and will last me 1-2 years before an upgrade.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 10
A single gtx 580 would be plenty to max out those games and have the other monitor open for multitasking, I do the same thing while raiding with my asus 27" and Acer 22", if you want some sweet overkill for those games and some headroom for new games coming out to max (bf3, skyrim) sli 580's should keep you in the clear for the next year or two.
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hey all,

just trying to finalize my build before i make all my purchases.

I have decided on going with 2 x dell u2412m monitors, and 99% of my gaming will be on one monitor in windows mode/single screen while i use the other monitor to multitask/web surf/ etc. I primarily play wow in windows mode, mw2/cod, etc in 1920x1080.

As you can see my sig build, i have chose to go with the evga gtx 580, but i am stuck at the moment on whether this card as a single gpu is worth it, or am i better off going with 2 x 570s in sli.

I prefer to stick with nvidia, not a fanboy just a personal preference.

my real question is, what is the best current card(s) setup to satisfy my needs of running high graphics settings and will last me 1-2 years before an upgrade.

thanks in advance.
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post #4 of 10
Take a look at 6950s CF. They are 70-80% over the 580's perfomance and cost the same.
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post #5 of 10
Single card solutions are almost always recommended over two-card solutions in most situations.

In reality, two-cards are needed to power much higher resolutions, upwards of 1600p, or the larger three-monitor/3D gaming resolutions.

My suggestion is to stick with one GTX580.
    
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post #6 of 10
Yeah a single 570 would be more than enough... so a single 580 would be future proofing.
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Thank you all for confirming that my research skills are still reliable.
post #8 of 10
Please get two GTX 570's in SLI.

Here are my fraps benchmarks for the first 5 minutes outside on Operation Metro at Ultra (defaults to High, Ultra not yet supported) graphics settings at 1920 x 1200 fullscreen:
Rig 1 = i7 2600K @ 4.9GHz and two GTX 570 SLI at 890MHz Core Clock.
Rig 2 = 1090T @ 4.2GHz and three HD 6970 Tri-fire at 940MHz Core Clock.
Rig 3 = 965 @ 4.0GHz and single GTX 580 1.5GB at 840MHz Core Clock.

Rig 1 = Min 62 FPS, Max 106 FPS, Avg 79.303 FPS
Rig 2 = Min 69 FPS, Max 179 FPS, Avg 99.576 FPS
Rig 3 = Min 18 FPS, Max 100 FPS, Avg 46.918 FPS
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post #9 of 10
AFAIK WoW does not officially support SLI, so just get a single GTX 580 1.5 Gb and you will be rolling.
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post #10 of 10
Get a GTX 580 3GB. Games are requiring more VRAM.
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