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January 7, 2011 7:22:09 PM

So in the new video card price value rundown it is mentioned that Radeon 6870's in Crossfire or 470's in SLI outperform a single 580. So this information me slightly stuck I have both the 470 SLI and the 580 recommended to me (I am an Nvidia person). This does not help the me having a real firm grip on video cards. I am trying to build a Sandy Bridge gaming computer, budget about $2000, does this information mean ignore the Nvidia 500 series and get a pair of a pair of 470s? Which I will admit was the first thing someone recommended to me.

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January 7, 2011 7:28:13 PM

Personal preference.

If you SLI right away, that's it for performance unless you ditch both gpu's... Single gpu now does allow for an easy upgrade when needed.
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January 7, 2011 7:41:49 PM

Strictly a budgetary decision .....these all work w/ a quality 850 watt PSU

$700 - 2 x 570
$510 - 1 x 580
$440 - 2 x 470
$350 - 1 x 570
$220 - 1 x 470

At this point, I'm building mostly 570 based systems ... mostly w/ one 570 and with a PSU sized to put another one in at a later date.

Case - $180 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $200 - Asus Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_P...
RAM - $118 - 3 x 2GB OCZ CAS 6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - - Later
HD - $70 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $139 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1,868

With sandy bridge .... you oughta be able to cut out about $215 with this MoBo / CPU / RAM / Cooler Swap and that savings should get you that 2nd GFX card & the extra case fan for a total system cost of about $2025

MoBo - $170 - Asus Sabertooth P67 not yet released
CPU - $210 - Intel Core i5-2500K not yet released
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $70 - 2 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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January 7, 2011 7:46:51 PM

Moreover, I think single GPU setup tend to give more consistent performance. Sometimes, driver glitch might lower performance in SLI/XFire setups.
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January 7, 2011 8:12:55 PM

That is what I was thinking so if I get a single 580 the computer a better gaming machine longer because I can SLI later. And I am guessing since it is the most powerful card in the world right now even if I didn't SLI for quite a while it would still mean a bunch.
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January 7, 2011 10:40:09 PM

What size Power Supply would I need if I was looking at in the future SLIing 580s?
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