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Both have their share of driver issues though NVidia is usually pretty solid in that regard... so long as you don't want to play DA2

In a nutshell: ATI is way ahead in terms of power/heat with their current gen of cards and offers much better prices atm, but NVidia has an edge in performance with high end models and extra features like Cuda and PhysX. Can't really go wrong either way.
About DA2 they fixed that in beta drivers
    
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I'm liking the 560 or 570 but the 570 "issues" i don't really understand
So if i got a 560 and SLI it later with another 560, is that a viable option
As for budget no more then 350 I need to get RAM and some other things for the rig too
The 570 issues are basically what I stated in my earlier post. In short, Nvidia skimped on power regulation. It won't affect normal users, or even most overclockers, but it is a pretty serious problem for extreme overclockers. Nvidia has protection circuitry in place on 570's to prevent burning the VRMs, but it is possible to disable the protection. The weak power regulation combined with disabled safety features tends to let out the smoke.

Also, yes, a 560 now and possibly one later would be a viable option. At 1920x1080, AMD loses most of their edge from larger memory pools, but AMD is still a solid option too. 580, 570, 560, 6970, 6950, or wait for 590 or 6990...all are/will be excellent cards. It's simply a matter of picking a team and deciding how much to spend.

Edit: I personally prefer to buy the most expensive single card revision I can get my hands on. I would have loved a 580, but I couldn't justify the extra $100+, so I settled on a 570. I can go SLI later if I keep the same rig and decide I need more, but this single 570 is able to play all my games at 1920x1080, with nice detail settings and solid framerates. Even Crysis is playable on high detail. For the first time ever, I honestly have no need for more.
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Well I'm thinking I like the 560s
Looking at new egg I stumbled across this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261099

It's the only 2gb 560 on the site, is it a misprint or a special 560?
Is that company even good the reviews seem to praise it
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I agree with the people saying the GTX570, they run cooler and faster that the amd counterparts. If you have the choice, always go with the single faster card, rather than dual weaker ones. Physx shouldn't really be taken into account when buying a card, as most games dont even support it.

Another choice would be to get a 6950 and flash it with the 6970 bios, This would save you $100+, but you will get lower performance than with a 570. Crossfire also does not scale as well as SLI atm.
lol wut?

Xfire scales better than SLI...just throwing that out there.
    
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yeaaahh @ higher resolutions Xfire scales better...Im not trying to knock this thread but theres a decent number of false pretenses towards ATI...nonetheless (just my $.02) Id stick with either a 6950 (unlocked) or a 570 both have been proven (based on resolution) to scale beautifully in both 2x and 3x card configs...
    
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I like my GTS 450, it's just a single card and I can play Battlefield Bad Company 2 in 1080p HD on medium settings just fine!

So for $100, I'm happy!
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