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With the upcoming release of several amazing pc games (Crysis 2, Portal 2, Duke Nukem Forever, F3AR, etc.) I am looking to upgrade my aged system. Primarily in the videocard department.

My current setup is as follows:
Asus Stiker II Extreme Mb
Intel Q9550 2,87Ghz CPU
8Gb 1333mhz RAM
2x EVGA Nvidia 9800GX2 (in Quad SLI)
CoolerMaster 1020 Watt PSU (80 rated)

I have been looking at acquiring an single or a couple of GTX580's. That or (depending on availability upon release and its price) a single or two GTX590 for a Quad SLI replacement for my current Quad SLI setup.
One thing I am wondering about is whether or not the rest of my system is sufficient enough, to gain the full benefits of the current day high-end cards.
The 790i Ultra Nvidia chipset hasn't let me down yet, but it is a step below the X58 standard of today.

So the real question(s): "Can I use the new high-end GTX5xx card without running into significant limitations with the rest of my system?"
and:
"If the limitations are significant, what range of videocards would be better suited to gain the maximum potential?"

if the limitations are only marginal, I would still consider the high end GTX5xx series and continue to use them with my next full system upgrade.
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well, if you OCed your q9550 to at least 3,8ghz it should be fine to just improve on the graphic cards field. it would require aftermarket CPU cooling tho, since stock HSF would really work at that speed.
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Originally Posted by superJ0s View Post
With the upcoming release of several amazing pc games (Crysis 2, Portal 2, Duke Nukem Forever, F3AR, etc.) I am looking to upgrade my aged system. Primarily in the videocard department.

My current setup is as follows:
Asus Stiker II Extreme Mb
Intel Q9550 2,87Ghz CPU
8Gb 1333mhz RAM
2x EVGA Nvidia 9800GX2 (in Quad SLI)
CoolerMaster 1020 Watt PSU (80 rated)

I have been looking at acquiring an single or a couple of GTX580's. That or (depending on availability upon release and its price) a single or two GTX590 for a Quad SLI replacement for my current Quad SLI setup.
One thing I am wondering about is whether or not the rest of my system is sufficient enough, to gain the full benefits of the current day high-end cards.
The 790i Ultra Nvidia chipset hasn't let me down yet, but it is a step below the X58 standard of today.

So the real question(s): "Can I use the new high-end GTX5xx card without running into significant limitations with the rest of my system?"
and:
"If the limitations are significant, what range of videocards would be better suited to gain the maximum potential?"

if the limitations are only marginal, I would still consider the high end GTX5xx series and continue to use them with my next full system upgrade.

First off, welcome to OCN!

One important factor that you have not stated: the resolution of your gaming environment. 1920X1080 vs 2560x1600 vs 3x1920x1080 are very much different.

For 1920x1080/1200, I expect your system should handle a single GTX580 with no problem. For a pair of GTX580s, CPU (Q9550 at stock 2.8GHz) might feel a little stressed.

And, IMHO, 790i Ultra chipset is still very much alive. No worry in that department.
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First off, welcome to OCN!

One important factor that you have not stated: the resolution of your gaming environment. 1920X1080 vs 2560x1600 vs 3x1920x1080 are very much different.
Thank you for the welcome
I am planning on keeping my current monitor, so the maximum resolution would be 1920x1200.

Clocking the CPU does seem like a must. I'll bare that in mind, thanks.
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No need for sli 580 @ that res. Your motior is not 120hz so pointless . Single 580 would be great, If you got cash to burn Mite want to look into water cooling. Mcw 80 water block got 580 is best, Get a Good cpu cooler, Heatkillers or something in the lines of that with a thick 240or 360 rad. With gt 1850 for fans. Get 1/2 barbs with 7/16 tubes and a 3XX pump or 655 , And you should be golding to push the gpu higher overclocks and cpu @ 4 ghz (or close) and system should be good.
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Thank you for the welcome
I am planning on keeping my current monitor, so the maximum resolution would be 1920x1200.

Clocking the CPU does seem like a must. I'll bare that in mind, thanks.
For 1920x1200 res 2x GTX570 would be a great choice if you really want SLI and a lot cheaper too than 2x GTX580..

And once GTX570 is OC'd @ 850MHz and 2100MHz memory (almost any GTX570 could do that) it matches performance of GTX580..

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790i chipset will do just fine

Just remember to OC that Q9550 to really make it come alive. Anything over 3.5ghz and that CPU will destroy anything.
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as for 570 Nono... 570 has 4 phase power and High overclocks kills card (overvolt protection off) 580 is better gpu. + you can overclock it.
Really all depends on budget. But single 580 and water setup would be the best in my book.
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the Q9550 is still very strong as the others have said, OC that baby to 3.5 or above and your CPU is still very capable. a single GTX570 should be able to run nearly anything maxed at 1920x1200, specially with a moderate overclock applied to it.

there is also the GTX560 SLI, it does very good and is usually faster than a single 580, but it costs the same price. the GTX560 is probably one of my favorite cards right now for price/performance
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as for 570 Nono... 570 has 4 phase power and High overclocks kills card (overvolt protection off) 580 is better gpu. + you can overclock it.
Really all depends on budget. But single 580 and water setup would be the best in my book.
I second this
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