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Which GPU setup to go with for a game design/gamer

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February 1, 2012 7:17:29 PM


First off, thanks again for the feedback ahead of time as I've never been steered wrong from this great community!
My build is for game design (3ds max, visual studio pro 2010, etc.) and for gaming. I plan on purchasing within the next month after taxes get back or maybe a little later if I decide to wait on grant re-embursment. I know nvidia is getting ready to release the new cards soon and prices will drop but if its not in my time frame I'm not too worried about it as the build should last a few years. My question is if you were me, would you stick with the current chosen GPU or go with a pair of :

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

From the charts I was looking at the 2 cards would be better and price wise wouldn't be but about $50 more after mail in rebates. But as for what I'm doing would the cards be worth it. Each having 1GB vs the single card with 2560MB and then down the road I could upgrade to the Keplar or w/e is the best bang for the buck in the upcoming few years.



CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 OR: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL

GPU: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SSD:Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

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February 1, 2012 7:39:55 PM

I faced a similar dilemma in regards to the GPU. I opted for the GTX 570 2.5GB for the ability to SLI later. Card works great in my system. Most of your parts are, for the most part, similar to my build. Only suggestion is perhaps getting low profile memory instead of memory that has a heat sink - your CPU fan is quite large and may cause a spacing issue.

This is the memory I went with.

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2012 7:41:49 PM

That's a pretty solid build actually - the 570 will work fine for what you need it to do.
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February 2, 2012 5:04:48 PM

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February 2, 2012 6:09:12 PM

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