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is the difference between the 560 and 580 enough to get the latter?

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from looking at the specs of each, the main difference seems to be the amount of stream processors. yet the 560, the card i have, has higher clocks. so the question is it worth my while to eventually get a 580. but i must say that i have been very impressed with the 560. it's handled everything i have thrown at it at max settings. but out of curiosity, i just attempted to overclock the card. on first try, i was able to at 990 core,1980 shader playing dragon age origins for about 20 minutes. the temp maxed out at 52 with the fan running full speed. so it looks like this card is very overclock-able. what would someone recommend to get better cooling for this particular card? thanks
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more VRAM, can get 900+ Core OC, 512SP, more heat and power consumption. You already said your 560 handles everything max so no need to go 580.
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more VRAM, can get 900+ Core OC, 512SP, more heat and power consumption. You already said your 560 handles everything max so no need to go 580.
This.
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more VRAM, can get 900+ Core OC, 512SP, more heat and power consumption. You already said your 560 handles everything max so no need to go 580.
This.


But the 580 is like 30-40% more powerful. Personally, stick with what you got if everything is being maxed.
 
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But the 580 is like 30-40% more powerful. Personally, stick with what you got if everything is being maxed.
i mostly likely will till the gtx 600 series. what mofsets would you recommend to get better cooling or are they really not necessary.

i think it may be a wiser choice to get a 2500k instead of upgrading to a 580
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Assuming you play at 1080p, the 580 is ~30% faster stock. Considering it's double the price, from a price/performance standpoint, it wouldn't be a very good move. SLI would be the more practical choice if anything, but as you said you can max everything with your current card so there's really no need.

TF2 is an excellent cooler (one of the best I've ever used) so you should be set, although it doesn't make contact with the VRMs. So long as you don't plan to mod the bios to overvolt past Afterburner's settings though you should be fine.

Also, a 2500k would be a moderate upgrade, but I think you'll be hard pressed to get good value on the 2400 resale.
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