Good evening everyone, I'm building my new "gaming" computer and was hoping to receive some wisdom from the forums on a conundrum I ran across.
Now, we all know that the EVGA 580s are beasts, however, that does come with a price. (Currently: $480.00 with Rebate.)
I ran across a Video on Newegg's YouTube channel that caught my eye, according to some of these benchmarks, not only does SLId 560s compete vs. the 580s, they in one instance beat them. Now while I'm aware that it probably was faulted on the new drivers it still holds some merit to the power of the 560s. (560s Currently Priced: $230.00 with Rebate).
So for the price of 1 580s, I can have 2 560's in SLI.
Looking at my build, what do you think would be the best route?
[Build: 2011 Gaming PC]
OS: Win-7 64bit - Free (Already owned)
CPU: i7-2600k (Plan to OC to 4.6) - $315.00
MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V PRO - $210.00
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - $80.00
Graphics Card: ??????????????
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60.00
-SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 50GB (Boot Drive) - $110.00
Case: NZXT Phantom White - $120.00 (on a side note, this Case is freaking beautiful and effective)
Power Supply: LEPA G900-MA 900W Gold Cert Modular - $180.00
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $30.00
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner (ID#: N82E16827135204) - $20.00
What I plan to play/do with it.
Games: BFBC2/3 , GW2, SW:KotOR, TF2, SC2, L4D2
I also will be setting up a Projector (720p) on a 120" diagonal screen. This is where I think the 560s might be stretched.
It is a must that I be able to use this computer and game/watch movies on the Projector and a 1080p 30" TV
Long Story Short (tl;dr): If you plan on building a gaming PC while using a Projector (120" ) 720p / TV (30" ) 1080p / Monitor (22" ) 1080p 1920x1080. Would you rather have SLId 560s or 580s, keeping in mind you can have both 560s or 1 580, but upgrade to 2 580s in January.
If I remember correctly, nVidia can only support up to two displays. You will need an AMD ATI graphic card for triple display [projector/ TV/ monitor]. Drop your i5-2500k if you will only be using this rig for gaming. Hyperthreading won't do squat, you will probably see around 1% increase in gaming compared to the i5-2500k at an extra $100 price tag. I love the NZXT Phantom [sexy beast]. For power supply I would stick with something made by Seasonic, Antec, and Corsair. Seasonic has made some PSU for XFX so XFX should be okay. If you absolutely must crossfire.. I would go for at least two 6950s. I would recommend around 800W for this.
Ah, sorry. I should have mentioned, I will also be using this for Video/Music editing as well as general School stuff.
As for the PSU, I can vouch for it. It is an Enermax in different skin. I also am putting it at 900W because of the OC, the multiple fans Ill be adding, as well as the USB power needed for some add-ons.
Agreed, the case is a sexy beast.
If I may ask, why do you say Crossfire over the SLI? and why the 6950s over the 560s/580s seeing as the 580s benched higher?
Also, it wont be using all 3 displays at the same time, 1 at a time. However, I will be switching between them for when the occasion calls.
IE: LAN party = TV. Party = Projector
You can get a single 580. Those works better than 560 sli because 560 sli runs hotter and makes more noise. I'm pretty open to crossfire and sli. If i want more performance I would definitely choose nVidia over AMD no doubts about it. I suggested AMD because I though you wanted eyefinity haha sorry
Since you are able to add another 580 not too far in the future, id certainly go for the 580s.
If you get 560;s then you will have to replace both cards when you want to upgrade. Where as if you want to upgrade the 580, you can add another card in and have a build that will last much much longer.
GeForce GTX 580 in SLI
A second card requires you to add another 250 Watts. You need a 900+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (1 KiloWatt recommended if you plan on any overclocking).
- Basically go for SLI 580's but keep in mind you probably want a 1000w PSU