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any chance near a microcenter get a cheap 2500k that way, or hit up the for sale threads here and upgrade for a decent price and then throw more $$ at a 680

That's quite possible. I never even thought of that, thank you biggrin.gif
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Well, by what you've given me since my last post, I say go with 2 580s. AMD's just not that strong right now in the CPU department, and while the 2600k is $320, it's worth it. Maybe go with a single 680 instead? I'm guessing your resolution is 1920x1080?

I think I'm jumping ship and moving over to Intel. I found that for an extra $100 on what I was planning on spending (FX-8150, ASUS Crosshair Formula V, Corsair AX1200 PSU) I can get a 2600k, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (anyone know how good this is?) and the AX1200 PSU.

My plan is to get these upgrades next month on my paycheck that I don't have bills to pay and then GPUs in June.

And yes, my resolution is 1920x1080. I'm currently running my PC on my LCD TV.
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Microcenter has a deal for 2600K's for $199 in store right now.
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Microcenter has a deal for 2600K's for $199 in store right now.

But... but... but I have nothing to put it in yet...

::Edit::

Just looked online and it's only in-store pickup and the stores nearest me are sold out frown.gif
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better sli 580GTX less likely to have driver issues tri-sli 570 can get some issues stuttering and other thing you dont want.
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better sli 580GTX less likely to have driver issues tri-sli 570 can get some issues stuttering and other thing you dont want.

I never thought of this. Thank you!
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I never thought of this. Thank you!

my pleasure smile.gif
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Honestly based on your story, present gear, and overall concerns if I were you I would go and buy a 7970/7950 or 680 somewhere that accepts returns, and at least TRY one of those w/your present rig. My bet is that at 1080 resolution you'll find either of those will let you max out any game and provide a nice, smooth, hassle-free gaming experience ... for a LOT less money than what you're talking about spending ... and you'll still have option of upgrading the platform and getting another card in a year.

I would at least give that $500 option a shot before dropping $1200 bucks. The latter $700 for the board/cpu/psu/extra cost of 2nd 580 is going to have VERY diminishing returns IMHO.

Part of the reason you need the Intel platform and the PSU is because you're talking about going SLI ... and SLI itself adds a lot of CPU overhead. Plus you need higher framerates in SLI in order to get the same level of smoothness in gameplay. I've had SLI a long time and I'm here to tell ya ... generally speaking 45fps in SLI feels about like 30fps on a single card. Thus, the benefit of SLI is not really quite what it appears 'on paper'.

There's certain times (and certain cards) where going SLI/Xfire makes a lot of sen$e (xfire 6850's is pretty sweet for the $ actually) ... but the particular scenario you describe is most definitely the opposite of that situation. 570/580 just hasn't gotten cheap enough for them to be a better option than the latest single card, especially if it requires a PSU upgrade (and arguably a board/proc upgrade).

I would get yourself a 7970/7950/680 and try that setup first. You won't compete framerate wise with people who have that same card on an OC'd Ivy Bridge setup, but I bet you the vast majority of the time you will be having an equal quality gameplay experience (i.e. actual your max playable settings will be the same) as they do. And considering the cost of the setups you're considering, your bang/buck will be MUCH higher than with either of those, especially at 1080p resolution.

Even if you really want to do the Intel upgrade anyways, I still would pick a 7970 or 680 over either the GPU setups you're talking about, esp. since you shouldn't need a new PSU I wouldn't think thumb.gif
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I wouldn't go SLI / CF from the start with a 1080p rig.

1. Your CPU would bottleneck it.
2. You'll pretty much eliminate the possibility of just adding another card and be done with it.

I suggest looking into a single card solution for now, so you can keep the CPU/mobo/etc.

Later on you can upgrade the CPU and add a second GPU, for a much, much lower price.
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Honestly based on your story, present gear, and overall concerns if I were you I would go and buy a 7970/7950 or 680 somewhere that accepts returns, and at least TRY one of those w/your present rig. My bet is that at 1080 resolution you'll find either of those will let you max out any game and provide a nice, smooth, hassle-free gaming experience ... for a LOT less money than what you're talking about spending ... and you'll still have option of upgrading the platform and getting another card in a year.
I would at least give that $500 option a shot before dropping $1200 bucks. The latter $700 for the board/cpu/psu/extra cost of 2nd 580 is going to have VERY diminishing returns IMHO.
Part of the reason you need the Intel platform and the PSU is because you're talking about going SLI ... and SLI itself adds a lot of CPU overhead. Plus you need higher framerates in SLI in order to get the same level of smoothness in gameplay. I've had SLI a long time and I'm here to tell ya ... generally speaking 45fps in SLI feels about like 30fps on a single card. Thus, the benefit of SLI is not really quite what it appears 'on paper'.
There's certain times (and certain cards) where going SLI/Xfire makes a lot of sen$e (xfire 6850's is pretty sweet for the $ actually) ... but the particular scenario you describe is most definitely the opposite of that situation. 570/580 just hasn't gotten cheap enough for them to be a better option than the latest single card, especially if it requires a PSU upgrade (and arguably a board/proc upgrade).
I would get yourself a 7970/7950/680 and try that setup first. You won't compete framerate wise with people who have that same card on an OC'd Ivy Bridge setup, but I bet you the vast majority of the time you will be having an equal gameplay experience as they do.
Even if you really want to do the Intel upgrade anyways, I still would pick a 7970 or 680 over either the GPU setups you're talking about, esp. since you shouldn't need a new PSU I wouldn't think thumb.gif

Well the reason I want to get a new PSU is because I plan on doing watercooling as well later in the future and am trying to get ready for it earlier on so I can plan out how I want to have everything set up.

But I never really thought of buying a single 680, it just seemed like for the price of one and how hard they are to get online that it was something unachievable. But what I want to do is all done in the name of future proofing/ getting ready to move on to other things. Eventually (after I convince my wife of course) I'm also planning on running a multiple monitor setup as well.

And thank you all for your help so far, you've given me a lot more insight than I expected and have gotten me thinking about how my rig will evolve later on down the road.
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To me, it wouldnt make a difference if both sets of cards didnt have enough vram to run bf3 or other games at all ultra settings with 1080p. If you go for the typical models, neither will have enough. unless you get the 2.5gb 570's (two is enough) or 3gb 580's.

And at this point, I would probably sell what I had and get a single 680. Youd end up dropping the same amount of cash and be more future proofed, not that 580's wont hold their own for a while
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