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So, right now I am running 2x 5770's in Crossfire. They run like a beast, I can run Black Ops fully maxed out flawlessly (not to mention games like Dirt 2, BFBC2, SC2, etc, haven't installed Crysis on my system yet to try it out). However, the past couple weeks I have been having driver issues with them, IE I couldn't even run WoW fully maxed out with the latest drivers, had to use 10.8 to work correctly. With this I was experiencing game crashes in everything at least twice a day, and the support email I recieved was no help at all. Once I upgraded my system, I once again couldn't run WoW maxed out even though it had been working with the old driver. Long story short, 3 clean installs of windows later (thank god I have a seperate boot SSD lol) the cards are working, without issues, on the latest driver. Now since I've had this headache for a few weeks now, I am considering switching to NVidia in the spring/summer timeframe. Any suggestions? I have been looking at the 580 GTX (Asus of course...I'm a fan boy lol), should I save the money and run SLI with these? or will one just be fine and hopefully drop significantly in price? One of the reasons why I upgraded to a full tower is so I could get a ginormus video card. I look to keep my PC as future proof as possible. It ran great (except for the GPU issues) before I even upgraded but I wanted a little more hardcore system...mostly for bragging rights. I do want to OC eventually, but nothing crazy, as I don't see much point in it. But I would like to be able to say I've done it.
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2 GTX460's would be a big upgrade from the x 5770's. As you know your cards are = to 1 5870.

If you just want one card the GTX570 is a great bang for the buck card. It is noticeably faster than my old 5870. If you have the money 1 GTX580 will play just about anything and would be a significant upgade.

I would not buy 2 GTX580's unless it is just for benching. I would even consider waiting for the GTX560 to come out and look at 2 of them.

It is a good time for GGPU's as a consumer, there are so many good choices!
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post #3 of 11
^^

If you have the money to spend, I would pull the trigger on what you think is it the best. I'm running 2 6870s right now, I wanted 2 470s but have come to realise it doesn't really matter. The GTX 580s are awesome no doubt and if thats what you want and have the cash for them, go for it.
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correct me if im wrong but...
Intel= nvidea & AMD= ATI
otherwise your always risking driver issues.

actually i never thought it was a problem but iv had a few people explain to me thats a rule of thumb.. maby you guys can clear that up for me also.. no thread hijack bro just have the same sorta question.
    
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Well, I don't plan on upgrading until the spring time. With that being said I have no issues with putting money aside and saving up for a 580. How are the 6870s doing in CF? I haven't heard to many great things about them, as in they don't do much more than 5770s in CF.
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Originally Posted by wallyworld96 View Post
correct me if im wrong but...
Intel= nvidea & AMD= ATI
otherwise your always risking driver issues.

actually i never thought it was a problem but iv had a few people explain to me thats a rule of thumb.. maby you guys can clear that up for me also.. no thread hijack bro just have the same sorta question.


I have not had a single driver problem. . . My 9800GTX+'s ran in SLI great with this same setup.
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@wallyworld, no worries dude. Kinda curious myself lol. But from experience I haven't had any issues in the past. Been running ATI on my 920 for 1 1/2 now almost and havent had any issues until the recent driver issue. Before the 5770s I had 4870s in CF. Before that I was using a PNY 512mg card (think it was a 8800GT, dont recall) but that fried on me after using it for a year. Was very depressing actually, it was the reason why I built my pc with the 920 in it. Was using a XPS 420 (last brand PC I bought lol) which had been running like a champ I must admit. Got home from a one month stay in Australia, plugged the PC back in (unplugged it just in case while I was gone lol) booted it up and took a shower while it was starting. Got out of the shower and smelled something burning, and to my dismay I say that my computer wasn't on and wouldnt turn back on. After much troubleshooting (after I built a new PC...I used it as an excuse haha) me and a friend figured out that it was the GPU that failed. The same XPS is now my media PC in my room running strong still. But I have heard many other people have had problems with PNY products before...I haden't done my research when I bought it.
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To me unless ur running some insane multi-screen resolution ur not going to need to GTX 580 SLI. A good example for me is ATX vs. MX Reflex. Playing the game maxed out @1080p, I was getting 55-60fps in races against the computer. Thought it should be higher than that and came to find out must cards are unplayable in multi-car races. I don't plan on upgrading for a long time and I believe the GTX 580 can deliver on that.
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Well, I don't plan on upgrading until the spring time. With that being said I have no issues with putting money aside and saving up for a 580. How are the 6870s doing in CF? I haven't heard to many great things about them, as in they don't do much more than 5770s in CF.
From my experiences they are great, I have a friend who has the same setup as you and I get roughly 85 - 100% better FPS than he does in almost every game. Everything about my 6870s I like, but I still may trade them someday for 2 470s because of preference since there won't be any performance gain. Also, I game at 2048 x 1152 while my friend games at 1680 x 1050.
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Personally as of late I have been an ATI fan but I have yet to try any of the latest nvidia cards. My bro has a nviida GTX460 I may barrow for a few days and play with to see how it is.

Honestly, it is whatever youi think will nte you the biggest bang for the buck. For me, I want 2 6970s.
 
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