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Topic. I sold my old components a few days ago, and just picked up a new mobo/cpu today at microcenter.

I'm looking to buy a video card. I don't have any strong preference on AMD/nVidia (I had a couple of 8800 GTS G92's last build, and they were fine), as my board suppors both Crossfire and SLI in case I want to go that route down the line.

I'm going to be playing in 1200p on a 24" monitor (I have two monitors in my setup right now, but I'd prefer to play on a single one), and am looking to max out what I can. I'm predominantly going to be gaming on this rig (BF3, M2033, maybe skyrim), and may watercool the cards (I have a custom loop for my CPU, and might add a second rad and buy a waterblock for whichever card I buy). Cost isn't a huge factor, but I don't want to drop something like $700 on a single card.

Also, any loose estimates on when the new cards for each company are set to drop? I might go with the EVGA route for the step-up program if new nVidias are set to drop soon.

Thanks in advance!
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I wish they had the 3gb GTX 580 in sli shown
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So I'm assuming SLI 470s > 580?
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How would the 580 3gb fare? Is there any advantage over 1.5gb on one 24" monitor in 1200p?
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How would the 580 3gb fare? Is there any advantage over 1.5gb on one 24" monitor in 1200p?
Using the other game you mentioned...absolutely not:

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Size of the monitor doesn't matter it's just the pixel count. You should robably do what they chart says and get a GTX580 in SLI
    
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Size of the monitor doesn't matter it's just the pixel count. You should robably do what they chart says and get a GTX580 in SLI
I did SLI last build and it was fine, but I'd like to buy one now and another in a few months when need be (as well as depending on the release dates of the next gen cards).
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by fpliii View Post
I did SLI last build and it was fine, but I'd like to buy one now and another in a few months when need be (as well as depending on the release dates of the next gen cards).
Sounds to me like a single GTX 580 ($480, or so) is the way to go; good luck!
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i would go single GTX or pick up some 6970s for CF for pretty cheap!
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