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I already own a GTX 580, and was wondering if I should buy a second one for an SLI setup. I would need to upgrade my PSU (any recommendations?), but I could use my old one to rebuild an older computer. I am thinking about buying used, so a new PSU and used 580 would probably cost me about $300 to $400. My alternative is to sell my current 580 for $200, and then buy a 680. What is recommend for my situation? The first option is appealing because I can salvage an older computer, but I also like the idea of having a single card and not having to upgrade my PSU. Either way, it'll cost almost the same. I have a stock 1.5gb 580, for clarification.
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Welcome to OCN.
What are your system specs/playing resolution?

If playing at 1080p SLi your GTX 580.
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Hey thanks! I just made an account and posted this from my phone so I forgot some details:
I am playing at 1920x1200 at 60hz, running an i7 950 at 3.0ghz with 12gb of ddr3 ram.
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having a single card is always better.. less complicated and you can double that too, later smile.gif
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If your PSU + GTX580 = $500+ then it is a no brainer...

Good PSU's arent cheap either, so that may be the best way (GTX680). I would only upgrade though if you are actually needing to. Otherwise I would wait for something better to come along. In my opinion, I would want to see more of an upgrade for $500, but everyone is different. GTX580 is a great card.
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580 SLI will be an awesome setup for a single monitor at 1080p, I've been running SLI since July with no issues whatsoever.

Any quality 850w+ PSU will deliver the power needed to run that kind of setup at STOCK. But if you're looking to run any overclocks for extended periods of time I would suggest at least 1000w. There's pretty much no need to overclock the 580s when running games at 60Hz aside from running benchmarks.
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2 580s have will enough brute muscle power to run almost anything.....
     
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580 SLI will be an awesome setup for a single monitor at 1080p, I've been running SLI since July with no issues whatsoever.
Any quality 850w+ PSU will deliver the power needed to run that kind of setup at STOCK. But if you're looking to run any overclocks for extended periods of time I would suggest at least 1000w. There's pretty much no need to overclock the 580s when running games at 60Hz aside from running benchmarks.

Thats way excessive, I was running pretty heavily overclocked GTX480s on an 850w psu. Honestly a quality 750w psu would be enough to run a pair of overclocked GTX580s. I would still go for an 850w personally.
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You can sell the GTX580 ~ $300. Add $200 and get a GTX680. I think thats the best option.
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post #10 of 24
A single 680gtx almost matches the performance of two 580's in SLI, has more vram, and uses less power. I would go with the 680gtx personally since it has more vram which can come in handy in future games and if you want to run games with max AA/AF.

Either way, both routes will grant you awesome performance and last awhile thumb.gif
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