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So, I bought an ASUS DCII 580 the other week. And I must say...dayum! Unfortunately I had to RMA it since it crapped out on me less than a week. But I am extremely impressed by how well it worked, that I am considering getting a second one to run them in SLI when my replacement arrives. I'm pretty sure it will fit in my rig, using a ASUS Rampage III Extreme in a Corsair 800D tower. I use a SB X-FI audio card, but my feelings won't be hurt if I have to take it out (although I think it may just fit...barely). I have also toyed with the idea of scrapping the whole 580 idea and investing in a single 590. But I've been reading mixed reviews and I am not thourougly impressed by the benchmarks thats I've seen with it. With all this being said, I currently have a 850w Corsair PSU, I have no concerns about it being enough for a 590, and I know it was enough for the 580. But if I do end up doing the 580 in SLI, will it be enough power? I've never done SLI before, just CrossFire with 5770's under the same PSU with no issues.
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Plenty of power for two GTX 580s. However, I would ill advise getting another one if you are just going to game on a a 27 inch 1080P monitor. If you have two monitors, getting a second card would seem more reasonable.

A single GTX 580 will max out all games with the exception of Metro 2033 in 1080P.
Unless you are a benchmarking fanatic, a second or third GTX 580 will do not much for you.
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If you are playing at 1080p, you will be pretty close to max things out with the 580 DCII. Its a pretty good niffty card.

If you are going to use two, the top one will cover the PCIE1 and PCIE2 since its 3 slot card.
The second will be at PCIE3 and PCIE4, so you will not be able to use your audio card.

So if you really want the audio card, take the 590.
Both 590 and 580 in SLI will be way over the need for 1080p.
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Thanks guys. I'm not a benchmarking fanatic, so I will take all of this into consideration. While yes, my monitor is 1080p right now, I do want to eventully upgrade to a higher resolution screen. But that will be a whole new best since I will be conisdering 3x screens at 2560x1600...and since that will run me A LOT of money, I'm sure there will be better GPUs on the market to upgrade to.
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tri-30" pretty much demands 3gb VRAM, just an FYI.
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I figured that, but if I go that route, I will be looking to drop 4k+ into a brand new setup...go big or go home! lol
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