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I have $400-$500 for my GPU for my new build. Do I get one awesome card that I may or may not eventually SLI/Crossfire (GTX570 maybe?), or get two now that are decent (2x HD6950 1gb or 2gb)?

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Haven't bought monitor yet, but will get 24" 1920x1200

Also, would I need a different PSU to SLI/Crossfire?
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2 6950 2GBs will give you much better performance right now.

With 2 GTX 570s in the future you are looking at better potential performance in the future, but significantly reduced average performance right now. GTX 570s will also limit you with the 1.2GB effective VRAM.

Go with 2 6950 2GBs IMHO. Best bang-for-the-buck in town.
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no that Psu should suffice for your need
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Go with 2 6950 2GBs IMHO. Best bang-for-the-buck in town.

This.
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1 GPU. You know 1 GPU will work all the time for all games. You don't know that 2 GPU's will work 100% all the time for all games. Less headache too if you ask me.

But I would say that the commonly-mentioned idea of "get one now so that way you can just SLI (or crossfire) another one later" is...usually just often said but rarely practiced.

Get the best single card you can afford now--you won't regret it.

If you did SLI/crossfire, your 750w PSU would be more than enough.
    
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1 GPU. You know 1 GPU will work all the time for all games. You don't know that 2 GPU's will work 100% all the time for all games. Less headache too if you ask me.
But I would say that the commonly-mentioned idea of "get one now so that way you can just SLI (or crossfire) another one later" is...usually just often said but rarely practiced.
Get the best single card you can afford now--you won't regret it.
If you did SLI/crossfire, your 750w PSU would be more than enough.

But they will work in all high-profile titles like BF3, and when they work the performance improvement is incredible over even a super-powerful single card (say my GTX 580). The GTX 580 chokes on more titles than I'd like it to at 1080P -- those titles being Metro 2033 (i.e. one title). I can't imagine a stock-clocked GTX 580 holding up with max settings on the latest stuff.
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Is there ever an option to disable one card if having issues with lesser profile/older games? I really like to idea of trying two cards. This price range are 6950's 2GB the way to go?
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Get a single gtx580.

That will be your best experience at this point and if you want to SLI later then you have the option.

I bought 2 5770's last year, and 2 6950's this year, and I won't be doing Crossfire anymore.

There are issues that get to be a real drag.
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Get a single gtx580.
That will be your best experience at this point and if you want to SLI later then you have the option.
I bought 2 5770's last year, and 2 6950's this year, and I won't be doing Crossfire anymore.
There are issues that get to be a real drag.

Funny how we're recommending eachother's setups. tongue.gif Oh how the grass is always greener (redder?)...
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This baby: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

$499. Top of my budget, but worth it?

What about just a 570, or even a 560 Ti (standard or one of the 448 core models)?
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