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The price/performance difference is always minimal and sometimes it can even cost more to get two cards over the one more powerful one.
I paid about $380 for both my 470s and they whoop a $500-$550 580, that's not a minimal difference. Even 460s will take out a 580. I've had no issues with my 470s in games so far.

As for the idea of buying 1 highend now and another down the road, take this scenario. You buy a 580 now instead of 2 560s. Well by the time you decide to get another 580 there will probably be better single card options out making SLI 580s basically what SLI 560s are now, relatively speaking. So why not get the most performance for the buck you can right now.
    
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Because they can, first time I came back from Iraq I put down $3500 at Fry's, buying two 7900 gts wasn't that big of a deal.

This time around I thought I would just get one 5970 and get another one later, but ati's drivers aren't worth it.
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Don't forget about the added cost of a power supply & motherboard capable of supporting multi-GPU configurations.
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higher minimum fps
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Because we can.
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At this point I've been there and done that with SLi. Now I just try to get one good card and OC it. If the HD 6990 is decent I might go that route (1 card dual GPU), but I don't think I'll ever have two physical cards again.

The games I play don't demand that kind of power. Why waste money on a depreciating asset?
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Because we're worth it.
    
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I did it because I wanted !!SLI!!, cos it sounds impressive, and at the time I could one afford 1 260 ..

+ the 2 card hides all the front panel connections nicely!.
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Because they can, first time I came back from Iraq I put down $3500 at Fry's, buying two 7900 gts wasn't that big of a deal.

This time around I thought I would just get one 5970 and get another one later, but ati's drivers aren't worth it.
Oh god, here we go....there have been just as much nvidia driver issues as there have been ATI. 9 times out of 10, USER ERROR. This is from someone whos had multiple mobos with multiple chipsets and multiple -multi-GPU setups. Please stop spreading that trash around. YES, some people have had problems with ATI drivers. Does that mean ATI sucks...well let me answer that question with a question. Some people have had problems with Intel, does this means Intel sucks?? By that logic then everything sucks and shouldn't be worth it. And thats just retardation in its lowest form.

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Because we can.

...And this.
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From experience I can tell you that a single GPU option IS always better than two cards in SLI/Xfire.
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I respect your opinion.
Its completely inaccurate though.

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The price/performance difference is always minimal and sometimes it can even cost more to get two cards over the one more powerful one. .
Like how two GTX 460's whooped on many single GPU's for much less money and had much better performance?
or how my 5770's cost me $320 but actually performed better then a $409 5870 for nearly a year until the 5870's price dropped?
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