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Why are you suggesting the 570? The 460s will beat a single 580 at 700MHz, at 950/2200(My gaming OC), the 460s will destroy a 580 so much.
    
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Now, I've not looked at SLI in a long time, but it doesn't mean much if they *can* destroy a 580 if they only get that kind of performance in a few select games. How reliable is SLI at getting good performance across many games?

Also, what about a GTX 480? There happens to be one sitting in the marketplace that would be perfect for my budget. I know they appear to give similar performance to the 570, but I've yet to find a 570 sub $300.
    
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Originally Posted by Anthraxinsoup;13099788 
Why are you suggesting the 570? The 460s will beat a single 580 at 700MHz, at 950/2200(My gaming OC), the 460s will destroy a 580 so much.
because one 570 will play most games out right now just fine. no one here is disputing that 2x 460's can't out-perform a single 580, or that the 460 isn't a good card.

keep in mind that a gtx 570 can overclock really well also.

*i'd like to add that a single gtx 570 should play crysis 2 just fine. my earlier post was supposed to say crysis 1 and warhead.
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Now, I've not looked at SLI in a long time, but it doesn't mean much if they *can* destroy a 580 if they only get that kind of performance in a few select games. How reliable is SLI at getting good performance across many games?

Also, what about a GTX 480? There happens to be one sitting in the marketplace that would be perfect for my budget. I know they appear to give similar performance to the 570, but I've yet to find a 570 sub $300.

The 460s will out perform the 580 in every game, SLI is much better now, it's not 2007.
    
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That's really good to hear either way, because even if I go with a single card, it may not be worthless for me to sli in the future.

My main concern is the memory related tidbits, since like I said I run at 1080 and only intend to go higher as time goes on. All that GPU power would be wasted if the memory can't keep up at the res I'm working under.
    
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That's really good to hear either way, because even if I go with a single card, it may not be worthless for me to sli in the future.

My main concern is the memory related tidbits, since like I said I run at 1080 and only intend to go higher as time goes on. All that GPU power would be wasted if the memory can't keep up at the res I'm working under.

A 460 should do 1200+ fine, specially in SLI. Trust me, the SLI cards are worth it, and you can get 2GB models for like 20 bucks more.
    
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Originally Posted by Anthraxinsoup;13099651 
For the price two 460s are the better buy, the 6950 is worth it if he can get two.

Yeah, due to the 6950's are better + can be unlocked to the performence of a GTX 570.

If he buys one for now, save the remaining amount of money, and buys a second 6950 later, it will end up being pretty good for high resolutions ..
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Originally Posted by p4p3r;13100156 
Yeah, due to the 6950's are better + can be unlocked to the performence of a GTX 570.

If he buys one for now, save the remaining amount of money, and buys a second 6950 later, it will end up being pretty good for high resolutions ..

That's later on though, I'd rather have two 460s which can do higher res fairly well now. The 2GBs sell for pretty cheap(200 or so where I see them).
    
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That's later on though, I'd rather have two 460s which can do higher res fairly well now. The 2GBs sell for pretty cheap(200 or so where I see them).

This is pretty good advice. 2GB 460s give you the best of both in terms of processing power and VRAM. Otherwise a single 6950 would probably be your next best bet in terms of price/performance with its large frame buffer.

The 570 is powerful but doesn't have enough VRAM to support HD+ resolutions without making IQ sacrifices. I game at 1440p and most modern titles hit over 1300MB VRAM usage on my cards with just 4xAA.
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If you are upgrading your monitor to 1600p you should look at 2GB 460 SLI, the 480, or 2GB 6950's. VRAM will be necessary to get eye candy at that rez.
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