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I have 665 dollars to spend on a new graphics card and an SSD

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February 4, 2011 4:40:58 AM

Should I get a gtx 580 and a 64 gig ssd or a gtx 560 and a 128 gig ssd or 2 gtx 560 sli and 64 gig ssd or what? no ATI suggestions please. :non: 

I have:

core i7 920 D0 at 3.6 GHz
ASUS p6x58d premium mobo
12 GB (6x2GB) ddr3 1600 gskill pi series 8-8-8-21
Corsair HX 850 watt PSU modular
1.0 TB conventional 7200rpm western digital HDD and its sata iii too :lol: 
evga gts 250 512mb :D 
windows 7 ultimate

the gtx 580 im looking at: 499.99

the ssd's im looking at: 164.99 64GB sata iii 319.99 128GB sata iii

the gtx 560 im looking at: 249.99

I'm not sure im going to need the 128 gig ssd. all i plan to install on the ssd it is windows, sc2, crysis 2, skyrim, and common programs for now and i always uninstall games once im done with them. im going to make sure my temp folder and page file and torrent downloads are all on the HDD. so not sure if ill need 128 gigs. if i do everything to minimize writing to the SSD how long do you think the 64 gig will last?

obviously the 2 560's in sli will be better than the 580 for the same price, but i was thinking a 580 plus my gts 250 for dedicated physx might be cool and i hear doing physx in sli has a harder performance hit than having a dedicated physx card. but then theres the posibility of the gts 250 bottle necking the 580 in physx games? but also if i get the 580 the system will be more future proof as i could stick another 580 in there much later when the price is much lower. unless they make a 585 and discontinue the 580 before it has a chance to get low. would a 585 be compatible with a 580 in sli? was the 285 compatible with the 280? what are the odds of them making a 585? im thinking it wont happen as we are about to get to 28 nm (right?) so they will just release a 680.

anywho thoughts?


hory shet i just realized the 560's have 7.56 shipping while everything else has free shipping so technically i cant afford 2 of them...
February 4, 2011 5:07:07 AM

Well, if you can stretch your budget by about another 50$ you could get a OCZ Vertex 2 120GB and a GTX 580. The Vertex 2 isn't SATA III though, I noticed both of the drives you listed are so you might not be interested. The Vertex 2 is one of the most highly rated SSDs around right now though.

This one is available for $220 with a $20 rebate.

Also, I would personally get this GTX 580:

I really like MSI's cooling systems on their cards and we all know the Fermis run pretty hot.

If you can't stretch your budget then you could go with a GTX 570

and the same Vertex 2 SSD and still be about $80 under budget leaving room for an upgrade somewhere else plus you can always add another 570 in later.

I'm looking at the Vertex 2 120 for myself and I know that I would fill up a 64GB drive way too quickly even with the few games I do play.

February 4, 2011 5:18:28 AM

right now im looking at ocz vertex 2 60 gig and 580. but maybe 120 gig isnt such a bad idea. hmmmmm
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February 4, 2011 9:17:42 AM

With Windows 7 and games, you're gonna run out of space pretty quickly with only a 60GB drive.

I'd try and squeeze 120GB Vertex 2 (or 2 60GB and RAID them for stupid performance) and then get the best graphics card you can with what's left.
February 4, 2011 1:42:54 PM

The best PC games always come out late fall, wait till then to spend big money. And if you have strong will, wait another 3 months for new Nvidia GTX 6xx. Remember, their next card has to equal or best 2x GTX560 in SLI.
February 4, 2011 2:15:22 PM

I vote for a EVGA GTX 570 SC also ($370 NewEgg Item#: N82E16814130595). Its less money, heat and saves energy. I have one and it scores 26,860 on 3DMARK stock out of the box on my (Non-Overclocked) Sandybridge LAN Rig.

I also have both the G.Skill 120G and 240G Phoenix PRO SSD drive and they are wicked fast. I have a friend with the G.Skill Sniper 120G (NewEgg Item#: N82E16820231415 $229.00) and it seems to Rock also. If you get smaller that 100G SSD you will be wishing you had a bigger one.

That should bring you to $600. save the remainder toward a second GTX 570 in a few months.

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February 4, 2011 2:48:50 PM

This is the SSD I use.

I love it Win 7 loads in 21 seconds from post to being able to open Firefox and surf. My only drawback that I got this is 60GB gets used up real quick so my next one when they get a little cheaper will be at least 160Gigs but thats only when they come down in price.