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6970 crossfire (i5 2500k) vs gtx 580 (i7 2600k)

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2012 10:45:47 PM

Hello I'm almost done building my computer but the problem is I'm stuck between these 2 options. The crossfire 6970 which I will get with i5 2500k or the gtx 580 with the i7 2600k. I just want to say which is the better buy. I know the two processors are almost the same for gaming but i want one that is more future proof, but will the 2600k just become obsolete in the future at the same time as the 2500k. Should I just get a new processor then? But on the other hand if i get a gtx 580 (used by the way), then I can just switch out the graphics card and save the money for future use. But the performance increase is really good for the 6970 crossfire. The crossfire 6970 is $619. 98 with rebate while the gtx 580 1.5gb is $410 (3gb is $495, should i get that instead if I'm getting gtx 580).
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2012 10:48:37 PM

BTW I'm gaming on 1400x900 resolution on an HP w1907 moniter which I know the video cards are overkill, but I need something REALLY future proof.
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January 3, 2012 10:49:17 PM

radeon 7950 coming in 5 days... u should wait for it and take a look at it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2012 11:37:51 PM

Two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's toast them both for lot less money.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50
$ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05

862 fps for $430 using the twi 560's (that's Gigabyte's board but personally I prefer the Asus @ $230 each)

825 fps for $640 using the two 6970's

616 fps for $500 using the one 580

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2012 11:47:47 PM

since your talking about going crossfire with 6970 it is good, 580 is good specially the 3gb one for more future proof, if you plan on getting a new monitor too and you can add one for SLI which can give you a good gaming experience or other stuff you want to do with it. specially if you don't plan on overclocking any
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