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Should I cancel my GTX580 order? 460 Sli vs 580

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Ok so yesterday I bought an open box Asus GTX 580 CU II for $368 - $20 customer care gift card or $348 after everything. The problem is that I just realized the card is non-reference and I was thinking about water-cooling, but no custom blok suports it. The next concern I have is that I am never going to go SLi with a 580, so is it a better idea to order 2 GTX 560s and SLi them?

Please give me some suggestions/opinions.
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On top of that, your new GTX580 might be a refurbish from Asus which only has 90 days warranty instead of 3 years. U will know if it's Refurb or an actual OB when u get it. Refurb will have refurb seal on it.
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Asus' cooler is fantastic. You got a fantastic deal on an awesome card. Unless you're really planning to push the card's OC capabilities, which isn't really necessary at 1200p, keep it.
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Ok so yesterday I bought an open box Asus GTX 580 CU II for $368 - $20 customer care gift card or $348 after everything. The problem is that I just realized the card is non-reference and I was thinking about water-cooling, but no custom blok suports it. The next concern I have is that I am never going to go SLi with a 580, so is it a better idea to order 2 GTX 560s and SLi them?

Please give me some suggestions/opinions.
Stick with the 580, it's a complete beast! There will be custom blocks that support it somewhere down the line, so I wouldn't worry about it. Also, 2 GTX 560's are pretty good, but nothing compared to the GTX 580! It's the fastest single GPU card, so you can't go wrong with it.

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Are you going to watercool the 560's? If no then I think you should keep your 580. It's a single card setup over a dual card setup.
    
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If you plan for a full block water-cooling, cancel it.
You aren't going to use the card for its full potential anyway, as these cards are made for two things:
1. Cooler on air.
2. Break records for having more VRMs.

Its not necessarily going to be a refurbish, but thats your call, as its an open-box.
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If you're never going to SLI the 580 then the 560s will be better.
But in your situation the card was really cheap, so I'd keep it after testing out if it performs like new.
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post #8 of 38
If you like SLI (560 SLI > 580) and if you plan to WC in the future, I would drop the 580. If you don't plan to SLI it in the future you are limiting your horsepower by not taking a smaller SLI option (560 or 570).
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post #9 of 38
Stick with the Asus 580, if you want to WC, get a GPU only block and buy some mosfet cooler blocks
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Yeah, right now I'm stuck between the low price of the card and extra cost of the 560s. If I water cool I would w.c. both 560s.

Is there really any benefit of a single card vs SLi (except heat, power..)? I really only play mainstream new release games so I don't think any games wouldn't support SLi.
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