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Think it would be worth the wait and save up a little bit more for the 590 or 6990?
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A GTX 580 is $500-$520.00 and good PSU $180-$200 then you'd have to pay someone to install it since you mentioned you don't know much about computers. Hook everything up right to motherboard etc....

The GTX 580 is overkill for WOW, Star Trek, or DC Universe online MMO's. The GTX 580 is a 10" card the GTX 590 11 1/2 do you even have the space in your rig? I'm not familiar with Antec 1200 tower. The GTX 590 I'm not positive but I'd imagine one will need at least 700 watt psu plus an extra 50 watts to run and all your other peripherals in your computer safely, your looking at 750 watts.

The GTX 580 is the fastest single gpu money can buy right now. You'll be more than set for the next few years easy. 3D gaming, 3D blu-ray ready. Physx and Cuda capable. Can run two monitors easily in 1080p HD. My first post suggested the GTX 580 but then somone made a comment on your current PSU. If you want to save a bit of cash and get the second best singel GPU then an AMD 6970 is great as well.

Good luck in what you decide.
     
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If your getting any brand of Nvidia card MSI or EVGA are great cards. MSI for non-reference cards and EVGA for reference cards.

If you thinking AMD then MSI again for non-reference cards and Sapphire for reference cards.

MSI makes good cards using Twin Frozr II or Hawk non-reference cards for both companies.

EVGA is exclusive for Nvidia and Sapphire exclusive to AMD and both make great cards and have the most satisfied customers than any other company making the same cards. Both make their reference cards very solid.


This is just my opinion naturally others may vary.
     
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If you want to go with a good setup, i suggest a 570 sli, or 6950 unlocked xfire. Or just wait for the radeon 6990 and gtx 590
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Whats a good 580? And a PSU that will be able to run that with no problem along with fans in case?
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Whats a good 580? And a PSU that will be able to run that with no problem along with fans in case?
GPU:

MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC

or

EVGA Superclocked GTX 580

The MSI model has better cooling.

PSU:

Corsair CMPSU-650HX

or

Corsair CMPSU-750HX
   
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For me that's easy....a Nvidia Geforce EVGA GTX 580 or SC GPU.

It's enclosed case blows the air out the back of your computer through the flow bracket instead of inside your computer which will add to your CPU temps. Get the AR model and it's a lifetime warranty. Also has a 90 day step up program. Just make sure you register it with a downloaded reciept at EVGA within 30 days of purchase. Newegg is a great place to buy one.

The EVGA forums have great support and are another reason why EVGA is a good company to purchase a video card from not to mention their exclusive to Nvidia products and make them very well. Here is an example of a thread you can read of someone asking the same question.

Minimum of a 600 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 42 Amps.) An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector and an available 8 pin PCI-E power connector. I'd get a 750 watt PSU if I were you to give yourself some head room. Corsair or CoolerMaster are two great companies for that. I got a BFG EX 1000 watt PSU very cheap for a kilowatt of power and it's a great PSU it's just that BFG went bankrupt and they don't have a warranty anylonger, hence the lower price. I did a lot of homework before I purchased it. Retailers purchased the last liquidated PSU's at a great price and passing it on. Though it may be sold out by now.

Good luck in what you decide again and happy gaming!
     
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Absolute highest end card is GTX 580, but you will also pay close $500 for that sucker.

But if you want to get within 10-15% of the 580 for roughly 30% lower price, there's the 570.

Or you can go even cheaper since you can get a 6950 2GB for less than $250 (after MIR on newegg) and with some BIOS flashing you pretty much have a 6970 (almost) and so you can probably get to maybe 15-10% of the performance of the GTX 580 with 50% lower cost.

So basically you have to decide whether you want to be on top by 10-15% than the next best thing but pay 30-50% more for a 580 or you can settle for within 10-15% of the 580's performance for 30-50% less cost.

OR spend $500 on 2 cards and trump the 580 by 20-30% or more.

edit: Or if you want to spend $500 worth of GPU solution, 2 6950s in CrossFire or 2 GTX 560 Ti's in SLI will net you 20-30% more performance than a single 580 while being at around the same price. Could be even higher performance gain
Edited by nist7 - 2/18/11 at 8:00am
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Absolute highest end card is GTX 580, but you will also pay close $500 for that sucker.

But if you want to get within 10-15% of the 580 for roughly 30% lower price, there's the 6970.

Or you can go even cheaper since you can get a 6950 2GB for less than $250 (after MIR on newegg) and 99%of them can be flash their BIOS to a 6970 (identical for all purposes.) So you can probably get the same or better performance than a 570 for a better price, or you can get within 10-20% of the performance of the GTX 580 with 50% lower cost.

So basically you have to decide whether you want to be on top by 10-15% than the next best thing but pay 30-50% more for a 580 or you can settle for within 10-15% of the 580's performance for 30-50% less cost.
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GO with either the 580 or the 6950's. Odds are even within the next generation of consoles, the games they port to the PC will begin to use even more VRAM due to low optimization of PC video cards. This will choke all the 1GB cards out there including the 570 and the like that contain 1280. Go for something that has more than 1.5GB to be as future proof as possible, so if your on a budget maybe look at the GTX 560 by Palit for A 2GB option fro cheap from NVidia. Or, stick with the 6950's. As of right now, there isn't a version out whose shaders wont unlock. And 99% of them flash to a 6970 thus giving you the same performance for a lot less. You can score 2 6950 for the price of one GTX 580. GO with two of those and unlock them to 6970's for the best value on the market at the moment.
    
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You definitely will need a better PSU if you want a high-end video card. Your Antec BP500 is a perfectly decent unit but its 12V output is 348W, you'll want something with more punch.
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