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Buying Advise: GTX 480 SLI, GTX 670 TOP or GTX 680 TOP?

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Hi everyone,
I am looking for the best purchase here for my GPU upgrade and I am wondering if I should purchase a second GTX 480 for $299 and put it into SLI, if I should just buy a single Asus GTX 670 for $349.99 or if I should just get a single Asus GTX 680 TOP for $469.99 (and sell my GTX 480)?

I am liking the Asus TOP models ... they seem to really good for the GTX chips and hopefully I will see some pretty decent overclocking with them too.

So would two GTX 480s in SLI be any faster than a single Asus GTX 670?
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71705&vpn=GTX670-DC2-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1396

If not, how much faster would the 680 TOP be than the 670? And is it worth the additional $100 in your opinion?

I am thinking that my PSU may not even be able to handle two 480s in SLI mode anyways. If that's the case maybe I can get $200 on eBay or something like that for my existing GTX 480 Lightning.

Also, as far as noise and heat goes, is the GTX 680 TOP any more efficient than the GTX 670 TOP? My GTX 480 can already get pretty loud so I can only imagine two of those running even louder...

Thoughts and opinions?
Oh and is there a GTX 670 / 680 card that is even better (performance wise) than the Asus TOP models? Just wondering if I have overlooked any.

Anything in my rig that will slow down any of these three options? Are my PCI lanes optimal? Haha, I don't even know how to check for something like that... Is 2GB GDDR5 gonna be enough for a while to come with gaming?

Thanks very much!
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You should sell your existing GTX 480, and put that money towards either a GTX 770/780 or HD 7970Ghz
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You should sell your existing GTX 480, and put that money towards either a GTX 770/780 or HD 7970Ghz

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Why even consider a 680 for $469 when you can get one of these starting at $409.
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