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I purchased my EVGA GTX 580 SC 1.5GB around April, 2011 and it has been a fantastic gpu and still is. I run a single 1920x1080 monitor and I do not have any intentions in adding additional panels. So what I am asking is, is it time to make the leap into the 700 series or should I buy another 580 on the cheap when I plan to upgrade this September? My mind seems more wrapped around SLI 580s as it will most likely only be a $150 upgrade and for my single monitor that will still beat out a single 680. My only limitation I can foresee would be my 1.5GB of VRAM.

If I do go the route of SLI then I would just sell both when the 800 (or whatever #) series is released then go from there.


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yeah! google any card review and your answer will be there - you have 1,349 posts so you must have done a bit reading ? thumb.gif
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yeah! google any card review and your answer will be there - you have 1,349 posts so you must have done a bit reading ? thumb.gif

Yeah just like many others around here, I'm definitely a reader/researcher and put a great amount of time updating myself on the hardware when upgrade time comes. It's just a habit of mine to also throw out a thread on trusty OCN to hear what others have to say.
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Just like you said, the Vram will be your only limitation. Or your power supply possibly.

For around $150, you can't go wrong with the extra power you will get with another 580. I'm not so technically inclined with power supplys and such, but I don't know if SLI 580s, with your 5 Ghz overclock on the 2600k will be enough considering your 750 watt power supply. Maybe someone else will chime in with that, maybe they will say as long as you run stock on the 580s it may be fine.

Either way you were waiting till September to possibly buy something? You might as well wait, and see if AMD will release anything in the next 3 months, who knows maybe something to counter the 780, and thus lowering prices.
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Just like you said, the Vram will be your only limitation. Or your power supply possibly.

For around $150, you can't go wrong with the extra power you will get with another 580. I'm not so technically inclined with power supplys and such, but I don't know if SLI 580s, with your 5 Ghz overclock on the 2600k will be enough considering your 750 watt power supply. Maybe someone else will chime in with that, maybe they will say as long as you run stock on the 580s it may be fine.

Either way you were waiting till September to possibly buy something? You might as well wait, and see if AMD will release anything in the next 3 months, who knows maybe something to counter the 780, and thus lowering prices.

The 750w even with the overclock shouldn't be an issue. There have always been misconceptions about actual PSU watts needed and that has to do mainly with the confusion of how many watts are pulled from the wall compared to the efficiency of the PSU (Very simple explanation and I could be missing a few things or saying it incorrectly, but that is how I interpreted it when our OCN PSU expert, cant remember his name, told me a few years back lol). With that said, are there many AMD manufacturers like EVGA that provide a lifetime warranty on their gpus? Other than driver support, that is one main reason why I tend to stick to Nvidia/EVGA.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 6/8/13 at 8:33am
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Sorry if i came over as bit arrogant didn't mean to be smile.gif

But your question or others from any other member has made me see now in a different light. Cos there are plenty of others that don't have the knowledge may find your thread or others helpful to them thumb.gif
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Finding a review/benchmark between 500 series sli and 700 series might prove a bit difficult (perhaps not). Considering the low cost of going sli now with 500 series cards, I would personally go with that option.

Also, I am using a sli gold cert 750 watt psu (Roswell), even with a water cooled FX8350 over 5ghz, 2 gtx680s and a gtx650 I never have any issues with power.
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AMD FX 8350 Overclocked and Watercoolef to 5.2Ghz Asus 990FX EVGA GTX 680 SC and Overclocked in SLi EVGA GTX 680 SC and Overclocked in SLi 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
PNY GTX 650 Overclocked - Dedicated PhysX G.Skill DDR3-1866Mhz @ 2166Mhz OCZ Vertex 4 in Raid0 16x DVD burner 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme A/C Powered 140CFM Exhaust fan Side A/C powered large box fan Multiple 120mm case fans 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 64bit 60" Panasonic Viera Plasma 1080p HDTV 24" Samsung 1200p LCD 23" HP 1080p LCD 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
19" LG older LCD 10.6" Microsoft Surface Pro 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Logitech MX5000 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewell Gold Certified 750 watt Antec Sonata ver 1.0 Logitech MX1000 Onkyo 7.1 Channel Reciever 
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2x. 4' 4-way Pioneer Tower Speakers 2x. 3' 5-way Kenwood speakers with 15" woofers 2x. 3' 3-way Infinity tower speakers Onlyo center channel 
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