The only part of this build i have so far is the PSU because it went on sale 20% off.
OC cpu to 4.0g and play games
The game plan is to SLI or buy a better card as needed, expected life of this system is 1-1.5 years.
Will a single GTX 580 run games at 2560x1600 resolution will all settings maxed on
world of warcraft (pretty sure this is a non-issue)
fallout 3 new Vegas
knights of the old republic
deus ex: human revolution
The reason I have this question is because tomshardware.com recently did a review of the 580 showing it had very playable frame rates at 2560x1600, however the buzz on the forums seems to revolve around needing SLI.
These games are just around the corner so I know only easements could be given so i don't expect anything but experienced opinion.
Note: I know a lot of people like 3-monitor setups, but I think it only looks good in FPS and not RTS or wow.
Considering the quality and (hopeful) longevity of your system, I might wait for Cayman (HD6.9k) to be released. A 6970 is looking to beat the GTX580 at the moment, and if barts is anything to go by, the scaling will be great.
The GTX580 will be great in that system at that resolution. On the forums, people are probably saying that, because the GTX580 is so powerful, the only reason to have two in SLI is if you are playing at high resolutions (or using a multi-monitor setup). A single GTX580 will still give good framerates at high resolution. Metro 2033 may be a possible exception, and you might need to adjust your image settings to get it playable. (Metro 2033 is also a PhysX title, so an AMD card is not recommended.)
Any explanation for the discrepancy?
Once again thanks for the info!
Regardless I think i'll fill my time with wow and fallout, then SLI when I plan on taking on metro.
It looks like the TechPowerUp review used very high settings:
We tested in DirectX 11 mode with details set to "Very High". 2560 x 1600, 4x Anti-aliasing. Highest possible resolution for commonly available displays (30"). Very good looking driver graphics settings.
and Tom's Hardware used medium settings:
Medium Settings, AAA / 16x AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Built-in Benchmark, Steam version
This is actually a good indicator of what type of settings you may need to use to get Metro 2033 running at playable framerates. The demo ran very well on my system with all settings maxed out, including PhysX, at 1920x1080 resolution. The only slowdown was in an outdoor setting with heavy combat and snow falling.