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I would personally recommend the single gtx 580 because you can do sli in the future if you wish.
what he said.
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2 460's @ 900mhz = Single 580
i'd get the 460's they are so reliable, they run cool and they are sexy.
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SLi is good for adding to what you already have, but if you're starting from scratch, the rule of thumb is, go for the single card. It sets you up better for later. That's my opinion.

That being said, if the GeForce GTX 580 is alot more expensive, it might swing it the other way a bit. A dead end is a dead end, but chances are, you may not SLi another GeForce GTX 580, rather you'll ditch it for a new card, right? In that case, if the GeForce GTX 460 SLi is cheaper, then that just may be the better choice (but get the 1GB version, not the 768MB version).

So, I'd say it comes down to whether you may SLi the GeForce GTX 580 later, and the prices of both setups. There's also microstuttering with SLi. In general, when starting from scratch, I'd usually say go for the single card.
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Two 768MB aren't going to beat a single 580, but two 460s at 700MHz will, and then you can OC more.
    
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2 460's @ 900mhz = Single 580
i'd get the 460's they are so reliable, they run cool and they are sexy.
No, not 900MHz, that would blow a 580 out of the water, two 460s at 700MHz beat a single 580.
    
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Grab a GTX 580, it's a more elegant solution and in the future you can SLI and usually equal the next gen's fastest card. As far as I know 9800GTX SLI = GTX 280, GTX 280 SLI = GTX 480...etc. It might not always be linear but it's always nice to have extra firepower under the hood. Also, the faster cards usually have more video ram so even if you SLIed two slower cards, they will probably lose out to a single fast one at high resolution or with anti-aliasing. Not to mention the extra power usually taken up by two cards.
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At 1080p, the 580 will be slower, but will use less power and put out less heat. At 2560 x 1440/1600, the 580 is superior all the way around.

Note I'm talking about the 1gb models, not the 768s.
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Grab a GTX 580, it's a more elegant solution and in the future you can SLI and usually equal the next gen's fastest card. As far as I know 9800GTX SLI = GTX 280, GTX 280 SLI = GTX 480...etc. It might not always be linear but it's always nice to have extra firepower under the hood. Also, the faster cards usually have more video ram so even if you SLIed two slower cards, they will probably lose out to a single fast one at high resolution or with anti-aliasing. Not to mention the extra power usually taken up by two cards.
uhh not always true for the next gen = 2x last gen, my 570 is the equivalent of a 480, that seems to be how things go (btw the 280 was not the fastest card of that generation, that title goes to the 285)

Go for the 580, or a 570, if you're getting the 580 try for a 3gb so your set for a few years and can sli if you need more power
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id get 2x 460s 1gb version. Cheaper and about the same performance wise. If your patient you can get them open box on newegg for around $150 each.

just for reference, my old 460s when overclocked at 900mhz core got a 3dmark11 score of about p7500. thats pretty good.
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