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Can My PC Handle a GTX 580??

Hey all, looking to upgrade my GPU by the end of the year and I need some input on the GTX 580.


CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600 (3.264 GHz OC)
Mobo: EVGA nForce 680i SLI (P33)
GPU: Geforce 8600 GTS (SLI) yeah.. its old
RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR2 (800 Mhz) [2x2 4GB]
PSU: Corsair HX1000W

Will this be adequate for the 580 or am I going to have to settle for a less superior card? =p Also, will my 680i be compatible..? It has up-to-date BIOS.

(I do take into consideration that there may be bottlenecking with the CPU but im sure I can over clock a bit further to lessen it)

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    If you can get the Q6600 to around 3.6 Ghz, or drop in a Q9xxx series and clock it a little higher, then you will be perfectly fine. You could use two, if you wanted.
  2. Ya, but considering that GTX580s are $500 each, dropping a pair in SLI would be expensive!

    You should see significant improvements by going from 2x8600 to a GTX580. You might want to consider stepping up to a GTX460 or similar because the 580s will still be priced pretty high. I am assuming you are upgrading at the end of this year (2010)!
  3. smoka is right because you could get this gtx 460 its 134 after a 15 dollar mail in rebate so its a pretty good price and you could always sli down the road.
  4. Ill push to 3.6 GHz and then probably end up waiting it out until AMD's 6900 series launches to see if nvidia sneaks in a quick price drop for competition. If they don't Ill probably still end up getting the 580 yet Ill keep the 460 in mind because they'll both be huge performance upgrades either way =)

    Thanks guys
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