In Two Minds: GTX 570 or GTX 580?


I have read so many forum posts here and elsewhere that my head is about to explode! :ouch:

I have my new build setup;

Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155) 
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
60Gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD Read 525MB s Write 475MB s
Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM – OEM
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P Z68 Motherboard
Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Chassis
Corsair 850w PSU
Samsung Blu-ray Combo Drive
Genuine Windows 7 Home Edition x64

I want to buy a very good GPU and the ones I have come down to is the GTX 570 or the GTX 580.

I have seen benchmarks for both on numerous websites and it seems that on average you get 5 or so more fps with the 580 but the 580 is another £140.00 ($225).

I have seen Crysis 2 with DX 11 and High Res with Ultra Settings play on Youtube on many 1080p videos with the GTX 570 and it's breathtaking beautiful, the colours, shading, particle effects... amazing. Great job Crytek! I come from playing that game on Xbox 360 so when I seen the videos I knew Xbox gamers were given the scrappings at the bottom of the barrel and the game was more expensive lol!!

However I want to be future-proofed somewhat and I know that 5-6 more FPS could make a huge difference once a game is struggling in the 30-40 fps range with all max settings. A game on 36 fps is alot better than a 29-30 fps game.

I will be going SLI 1.5 to 2 years time... so as of now, which is a better buy? Is the 580 just throwing money away? or am I better off getting 570 SLI down the road? Does the 570 have the same graphical capability as the 580 but with less fps?

I really don't know what to do :cry:

I don't want to waste money for nothing but I will buy 580 if there are good reasons to and I will likely go 580 SLI in the future if need be. This is why I am getting a 850w PSU.

Thank you

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  1. im sorry but there is no such thing as future proof.......we are so close to the next gen. of cards that it may be prudent to pick up a cppl of 460s,,, sli them 460sli> some cash and wait for the next gen cards

    grab 2 of these ---overclock'em to till 'yer hearts content.....and then pick up a 6xx or 7xxx card after xmas

    good luck as there is no right answer!!!
  2. For the future that your want the best option if the GTX 580 plus you can add another one for tri-SLI in future.
  3. With the way these companies put out new products it makes the most sense like badtaylorx says when the next gen on Nvidia comes out jump on it right away , that is as close to future proof as you will come. Should last you 2-3 years of good quality gaming and then they will last a few more of lower settings gaming.
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