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If you take a look at my sig rig, all im missing right now is a decent graphics card. Here's what im looking for

- Between $400, $500
- AMD/ATI. When the card im using gets cheaper, i'll get a second for crossfire.
- AT LEAST 2gb ram.

This will be an important choice for me, because after this I'll consider my build finished, except for a few odds and end parts... but I started this build with the intention of being able to run Skyrim on full graphics settings and if I cannot, I will cry. and hate you.
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I would hold you're horses if you could AMD HD 7*** is coming soon and 6** from nvidia Q1 in the new year.
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well, It's coming out of my income tax return, so waiting is just going to happen anyway.
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lol...that's a ripoff price. GTX 580 is around $400-500 so find one wherever you can.
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Originally Posted by Amdkillsintel View Post
lol...that's a ripoff price. GTX 580 is around $400-500 so find one wherever you can.
The 1.5GB 580 is around $480, that's the 3GB model, I wouldn't say it's over priced.
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post #7 of 8
You guys are forgetting the most important questions: what games are you planning to play and what monitor(s)/resolutions will you be rocking? Is Skyrim your only game or concern? Will you be using the 1080p screen in your sig build only or shooting for some sort of Eyefinity setup with multiple monitors? Do you plan to overclock your GPU? Do you run any other operating systems besides Windows?

I'll try to make a recommendation using some assumptions, but please answer my questions above for a better one. First, if you are going to be using only a single 1080p monitor, you don't need a multi-GPU setup. Before exploring Crossfire, you want to get the best single card you can. Keep in mind that not all games work well with multi-GPUs and they don't all take advantage of the extra power anyway. A single GTX 580 or AMD 6970 will be able to max out just about every game on a single screen. Your CPU will end up being the limiting factor in heavily CPU-bound games or games that don't have good multi-core support.

Also, the general consensus is that you should not buy a single card with the intention of adding a second one in the future (unless it's within a month or so). The reason is that newer and faster cards come out all the time. You will often be better off spending the money to upgrade to a next generation card than to add a second old card.

I have personally had better luck overclocking nvidia cards and they seem less glitchy. I try AMD again every few years but I have always switched back. I am not biased, I just like what works. I will say that AMD cards to provide a good price for performance and they use less heat and power. Nvidia supports Linux better than AMD.

My suggestion to you would be to get a single Nvidia GTX 560 Ti and be happy. You may stretch to a 570, but a 580 is not enough of a performance increase to justify the price IMHO.

Lastly, don't fool yourself into thinking your build will ever be "finished" haha

Cheers.
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One small addition to above poster. I was thinking about adding another 470, was waiting to prices go down... now they stopped making those anymore... and i can't convince myself to buy used hardware :s
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