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I am considering upgrading my video card solution primarily for BF3, but also for other games coming out this fall and next year.

Currently, I am running SLI MSI GTX 460 HAWK. I have them overclocked to a talon attack.

My current PSU is a Corsair TX850 v2 (850 watts)

I know Kepler will be out soon, but if they release at a price point that begins around $500, I won't be able to afford it anyway. Therefore, I am trying to plan out my decision now, and hoping the 5xx series will have some sales this winter because kepler is right around the corner.

The first thing I need help with is choosing between the following:

Buy 2 GTX 570's (SLI) (Is this worth getting over a single 590?)
Buy 1 GTX 580 now, and another when I find the money
Buy 1 GTX 590 now (if $ was there), can I even SLI these down the road?

Given the fact that I only have an 850w PSU, are all these even viable options? I sort of like the idea of the single 580 now, and wait for a super sale to pick up the second if my PSU would handle it.

I know the 570's offer better cost to performance, and realistically, I wont need faster in any current games, is that true? Any recommendations?

I am partial to MSI, so I have been looking at these two cards below. Kills me that the 570 is like the most expensive 570 out there...

570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127582

580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127579
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Your PSU will handle SLI 580's - 590's are extremely hard to find, and its only going to get worse down the road, so I wouldn't even consider those. 570's will probably be more than enough, but 580's have dropped in price quite a bit and will most likely continue dropping, as well as offering more vram than 570's.
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I would probably do nothing now. I would definately stay away from 590s for the reasons stated above. From what I can tell, your dual card setup is better than a single 580, so you would be downgrading now for the HOPES of getting a 2nd later, which may or may not ever happen. If you were to do anything right now, I would get SLI 570s, but with the 600 series around the corner, I think there is zero reason to spend money now.

Edit: And as stated above, your PSU is fine for any two card configuration for single GPU cards.
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Thank you for your reply. I am thinking the same thing. Seeing that the 570 I like is the highest price 570 on Newegg's site, going for the 580 which is more competively priced with the others may be the way to go.

If it matters, I run in 1920x1080
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2x 460 hawks are a nice set up, I would save and buy after the 600 series is released

Possibly ala 670 flavor as 680 will easily be at the 500 mark.

But from what I am reading they will be a big leap in preformance over Fermi
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I would probably do nothing now. I would definately stay away from 590s for the reasons stated above. From what I can tell, your dual card setup is better than a single 580, so you would be downgrading now for the HOPES of getting a 2nd later, which may or may not ever happen. If you were to do anything right now, I would get SLI 570s, but with the 600 series around the corner, I think there is zero reason to spend money now.

Edit: And as stated above, your PSU is fine for any two card configuration for single GPU cards.
Thanks for your advice. Very good points. I know no one really knows this answer, but how likely is it that a 6xx single card that can beat the 460 SLI will be priced < $500 ? I would love to wait, just have a feeling that they will try to price them very high because so many people are anticipating their arrival.
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2x 460 hawks are a nice set up, I would save and buy after the 600 series is released

Possibly ala 670 flavor as 680 will easily be at the 500 mark.

But from what I am reading they will be a big leap in preformance over Fermi
This. At least wait till BF3 is out and see how they perform before you do anything. Then go from there.
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you should be fine with what you got atm. you should be able to do close to high settings on bf3 with those cards
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And overclocked GTX 460 on SLI should not run into problem in BF3.
The recommended GPU for BF3 is GTX 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6950.
Overclocked GTX 460 in SLI beats them.

Keep you money & GPU for the moment.
Prepare for high-end Kepler.
    
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Thanks for your advice. I will just stay where I am at, and begin saving to see if I can purchase an upper end Kepler like mentioned above. Thanks again for the advice and reading my wall of txt.
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