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The best SSDs now are the Crucial C300 or any one of the SandForce 1200 drives such as the OCZ Vertex 2, the Mushkin Callisto Deluxe (my personal favorite as I own it), GSkill Phoenix, etc etc. Depending on the size you want the Sandforce drives can be had for less than $150 for 60 GB in the US.
 
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GTX580 is like 10% faster than GTX480..

That being said GTX480 + SSD is the better option for you..

And if you OC that GTX480 you would easily get GTX580's performance..

On that 1600x1200 res GTX480 will rape any game you trow at it..

GTX570 is a great card also but it seems that 4Phase power design is not really capable of doing it's job on that card so there are a lot of dead cards via blown VRM's..

GTX480 and GTX580 use 6Phase power design and do not experience that issue..

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All true however seeing as how he said he is not a big overclocker and the resolution is only 1600x1200 the added memory that the 480 would not make a difference.The power phasers will only be needed in high overclocking situations. the 580 is actually a little closer to 15%-%20 faster than the 480 while the 570 is about the same performance as the 480 plus the 570 is a lot quieter. At that resolution you will still be able to throw everything you want at the 570 and never see it slow down.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-152-_-Product

Looks like a good SSD. I've always used EVGA so I will look between the two EVGA cards and decide on that. Thanks alot guys, really helpful . +rep
    
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that should be an excellent drive
    
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All true however seeing as how he said he is not a big overclocker and the resolution is only 1600x1200 the added memory that the 480 would not make a difference.The power phasers will only be needed in high overclocking situations. the 580 is actually a little closer to 15%-%20 faster than the 480 while the 570 is about the same performance as the 480 plus the 570 is a lot quieter. At that resolution you will still be able to throw everything you want at the 570 and never see it slow down.
My GTX480 does 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and actually outperforms a stock GTX580 by over 100pts in 3DMark 11 Graphic score..(but GTX580 was run at SB 2600k system @ 4GHz)..

There've been a dead GTX570's even on stock and without unlocked power draw limiter..
So there's something very odd abot that card's PWM..

I would never go for GTX570 over GTX480 regardles of power consumption and noise level..

But that's just me..

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My GTX480 does 850/1025MHz w/ 1075mV and actually outperforms a stock GTX580 by over 100pts in 3DMark 11 Graphic score..(but GTX580 was run at SB 2600k system @ 4GHz)..

There've been a dead GTX570's even on stock and without unlocked power draw limiter..
So there's something very odd abot that card's PWM..

I would never go for GTX570 over GTX480 regardles of power consumption and noise level..

But that's just me..

CHEERS..
My 480s will aswell but thats about a 17% overclock. I have not seen any dead GTX 570s at stock yet and I sell them all the time. plus manufactues have the warrenties . The 570 does have 50% less PWMs so that is pretty significant. Maybe get a non reference 480 like the Gigabyte 480 SOC as it uses less power, almost as fast as the 580 and its only $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...te%20GTX%20480

oh dang it jumped up $25 since the last time I looked... I got mine for half price anyways.
Edited by Cpt.Derrek - 2/12/11 at 2:38am
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Hey op,
I'm not too familiar with current gen nvidia cards, I'm more the ATI/AMD person (not at all a fanboi though!). However I did look into the 570 as an alternative fer my 6950, and besides folding there was little going for it. I knew that you can unlock the shaders on it, and that crossfire scaling is unbelievable this generation, so at that price point it was unbeatable.
With respect to SSDs, have you taken a look at the OCZ Revodrive? Its a bit of a pain in the a** to set up at first, but the speed justifies it.
Lookie here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227578. $310
I know its $60 above your budget but if you saved a bit by getting a 6950, it might be feasible...
Just an idea, of course you also need a free pcie x4 (at least) slot.
And concerning the vga/dvi/hdmi thing, I had 2 1080p screens, and saw no difference in image quality between vga, dvi-dvi, or hdmi-dvi. The only differences are sound being transferred in hdmi, and that the screen automatically sets up and adjusts itself.
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My 480s will aswell but thats about a 17% overclock. I have not seen any dead GTX 570s at stock yet and I sell them all the time. plus manufactues have the warrenties . The 570 does have 50% less PWMs so that is pretty significant. Maybe get a non reference 480 like the Gigabyte 480 SOC as it uses less power, almost as fast as the 580 and its only $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...te%20GTX%20480

oh dang it jumped up $25 since the last time I looked... I got mine for half price anyways.
I have just checked a Anandtech GPU bench GTX480 vs GTX580 and when you combine FPS in every test for each card you get that GTX580 has a score of ~2955 FPS and GTX480 scores 2545 FPS..(36 tests without decoding & DX11 Detail tesselation benchmarks - the last two on the list)..

So you get ~15% better performance on average with GTX580..

In some benches the difference is less and in others is greater but in avg GTX580 is ~15% faster than GTX480..

That in my book is not worth extra cash since there has been a drop in GTX480 prices (and will continue to slide even more)..

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I have just checked a Anandtech GPU bench GTX480 vs GTX580 and when you combine FPS in every test for each card you get that GTX580 has a score of ~2955 FPS and GTX480 scores 2545 FPS..(36 tests without decoding & DX11 Detail tesselation benchmarks - the last two on the list)..

So you get ~15% better performance on average with GTX580..

In some benches the difference is less and in others is greater but in avg GTX580 is ~15% faster than GTX480..

That in my book is not worth extra cash since there has been a drop in GTX480 prices (and will continue to slide even more)..

CHEERS..
Def this, the 480 with ssd would to me more than make up this 15% in the overall feel and good advice here
    
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Wow, MSI 480 for 299 AR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127502

that leaves plenty of extra cash for the SSD.
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