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So I'm starting to build a new rig
The motherboard section of the forums have been amazing helping me pick what board/processor I'm going with [2500k + Asus P8P67]
But next step in a system (maybe more important) is the graphics cards

2x460
(2x)560:
(2x)570:
580:

Have all been recommended

Now for someone who is getting back into the video card market (haven't bought on since my 9800 GT)
What one's the best bang for the buck with the new SB board, doubling up on cards
One 580
What will be the best set/card to get
My goal is to build a rig that can last 2 years or so
Playing games like Mass Effect 3, Shogun 2, Elder Scrolls 5, PS2 Emulator
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well i hope to get my 580gtx in mail today. I would get one strong card instead of 2 weaker ones. less driver hassle and problems with heat and everything that gose with that. I got a water cooled setup for my 580 hope to hit 900-1000 mhz on it. My 480 hit 850 max clocks. I would not get the 570 because of the 4 phase power likes to kill the card. I would get a evga 580 and registered it on evga for lifetime replacements.
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Asus P8P67 support only crossfire/sli 16x/4x
if i remember well, someone on the forum try it and post some test, the performance wasn't great and he got micro shuttering none stop if I remember well.
    
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post #5 of 36
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That chart was what I was looking for thanks
as for the One strong vs 2 weak
I thought from a power stand point be better just to have one card
So the 580gtx is worth the price point than?
Cooling I plan on just doing fans
Is it worth overclocking/difficult GPUs?
post #6 of 36
Dont sli with a 4x lane. just get a 570, and run physx if you use it.
post #7 of 36
The GTX 580 is the best single GPU card out there. It's also the worst value. I would go for the cheaper GTX 570. You should be able to reach stock GTX 580 performance by overclocking the GTX 570.
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post #8 of 36
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So the 570 can be taken to stock 580
But I can't SLI two 570 down the line?
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Originally Posted by Concelor View Post
So I'm starting to build a new rig
The motherboard section of the forums have been amazing helping me pick what board/processor I'm going with [2500k + Asus P8P67]
But next step in a system (maybe more important) is the graphics cards

2x460
(2x)560:
(2x)570:
580:

Have all been recommended

Now for someone who is getting back into the video card market (haven't bought on since my 9800 GT)
What one's the best bang for the buck with the new SB board, doubling up on cards
One 580
What will be the best set/card to get
My goal is to build a rig that can last 2 years or so
Playing games like Mass Effect 3, Shogun 2, Elder Scrolls 5, PS2 Emulator
Best bang for buck is 2x hd6970 in crossfire.
U can pick hd6970 for $320 at newegg.
Getting 2x hd6950 will also be a very good option,u can unlock them to hd6970.
Hope u like my suggestion.
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post #10 of 36
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Not to start an Ati vs Nvidia war
The last time I went with Nvidia because Ati was having a ton of driver issues
Have they fixed a lot of that?
Both can do Directx 11 right?
Power Usage/Cooling about the same?
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