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2 GeForce GTX 560 Ti's VS 1 GTX 580

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February 3, 2012 6:55:00 PM

I was looking to build my first computer and I was just wondering if 2 GeForce GTX 560 Ti's would be better than a single GTX 580. The $500 range would be my max so if there is a different video card that would be better I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks.
February 3, 2012 7:23:20 PM

A GTX560ti SLI combo would wipe the floor with a single GTX580 (20% better in fact) but either combo would run anything you can throw at it without breaking a sweat.

Of course you could get the 580 and upgrade it to SLI further down the line
February 3, 2012 7:33:11 PM

smeg4brainsuk said:
A GTX560ti SLI combo would wipe the floor with a single GTX580 (20% better in fact) but either combo would run anything you can throw at it without breaking a sweat.

Of course you could get the 580 and upgrade it to SLI further down the line


I'm already breaking the bank with this build so I think the dual GTX 560's would be the best option for me.

Thanks for the reply.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 7:46:16 PM

the 580 would be the best choice. the numbers in the benchmarks are one thing, actual performance is another. If you have so much money to spend, why not get one of the new amd cards. both are better performers than either cards you mentioned ..??
February 3, 2012 8:07:41 PM

swifty_morgan said:
the 580 would be the best choice. the numbers in the benchmarks are one thing, actual performance is another. If you have so much money to spend, why not get one of the new amd cards. both are better performers than either cards you mentioned ..??


Well which AMD cards would be comparable?
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 8:10:04 PM

7970/7950............... look them up.
February 3, 2012 8:21:19 PM

swifty_morgan said:
7970/7950............... look them up.

So you're saying that any one of those cards would be better than 2 560's? I haven't got the money to double up on either of them.
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 8:34:35 PM

they are better by themselves. you don't have to buy 2 cards.
February 3, 2012 8:50:07 PM

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GTX 580 and then SLi them later on in the year is an option.
the HD 7950 is also out but if wait then wait for the nVidia releases as well.

really it depends on monitor set-up, how many and what resolution.?
what motherboard also are you looking at.?

I was just looking at a bunch of charts and dual 560's isn't much better than a singe 580 so I'm just going to get that or the AMD equivalent.

And the motherboard is a MSI P67A-GD65. If there is a better option let me know.
February 3, 2012 10:42:39 PM

Is there any particular brand you would recommend with the HD 7970?
February 3, 2012 10:53:24 PM

560ti SLI offer much more vale for you hard earned dollars if you are already setup for SLI that is.
February 3, 2012 11:11:06 PM

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not the reference model.
spend the extra dollar or two for the XFX, GIGABYTE and/or ASUS custom editions.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

though I think you mean HD 7950.
look here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
(use same non-reference principal)

Haha this is confusing the crap out of me. And I meant this card SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB.

But you think the dual 560ti SLI would be the best bet?
February 3, 2012 11:24:26 PM

Ok thanks a lot.

No matter what I end up doing I'm sure it will be much better than my single GTX260.
a c 88 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 11:59:57 PM

Malmental is right in many of his comments.
I agree that the 560ti SLi is a great performer as I'm running that myself , they overclock like mad and easily surpass the 580 and 7950 in some games....but if you are willing to spend more then I say consider getting a 7950, they are a great card and overclock very well .....but like malmental also said It would be wise to wait and see what Nvidia's 6xx series is going to be like especially if they sugest that they will be faster than the new ATI cards.

This is not a fanboy comment, I like both Nvidia and ATI, merely just stating that its wise to see what Nvidia does when they release the new cards , it will create some much needed competition to the market to force prices to drop from both Nvidia and ATI with new and current series cards....don't rush when its just around the corner.
February 4, 2012 12:13:55 AM

I'm not a real big PC gamer (I just kind of got swept up in all the excitement) so I think I will just get a single 560ti and then SLI it later if I feel it is necessary.
a c 88 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 12:16:18 AM

Thats cool , I'm sure you will be happy with that set up like I am, you wanna get the best bang for buck with your budget so nothing wrong with getting excited :) 
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 4:27:13 AM

1gig cards don't cut it anymore. if you're going to run more than one monitor you need at least 2gig video ram. 2- 1gig cards does not equal 2gig video ram. the 560's will be worthless for what you want to do. stop reading "but they are as good as" BS and come back to reality. the architecture on the higher up cards are completely different and running two lower cards can't make up for the difference. Here you want to run at high res with mid range cards running 2 or eventually 3 monitors...... your money.......
a c 88 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 11:08:53 AM

Yeah just realised the op did metion something about multi monitor , didnt want to embarrass myself , thanks for pointing it out now.LOL
a c 91 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 11:57:18 AM

MALMENT........... you're under the misconception that the extra ram is there for merely more FPS........... in a way that's true, but it's there for better performance at higher res at higher settings and in this case for multi monitor set ups.

why toss money on 2 mid range 1gig cards when for the same money you can have 1 higher end card that will perform better and run those extra monitors ?

except for my belief the OP came here asking advice when he already had 560's on his mind I can think of nothing.

February 4, 2012 7:34:09 PM

Like I said before I'm not a real big PC gamer and when I do play it will just be on that single monitor so I don't need something super elaborate. I think I will get a better mother board in case I want to get 2nd video card or just a single more powerful one down the road.

Also I know this isn't the motherboards forum, but if you have a suggestion I'd be happy to hear it.
February 4, 2012 9:03:05 PM
February 4, 2012 9:10:35 PM

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primary usage for this unit is what, your not a hardcore gamer.?

Mostly so I can give my friend my current PC so he can play SWTOR with me :p , and I would like to play Skyrim and get all the sweet mods, Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 when it comes out.
February 4, 2012 9:44:04 PM

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save you some money and make changes in other places with the money..

case:
1.) COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- or -
2.) Rosewill ARMOR Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
1.) Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: (same)
OCZ AGT3-25SAT3-120G Agility 3 Series
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: (same is good but with more money available maybe look for better)
1.) EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- or -
2.) EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think I'll switch out most of my stuff for those.

Do you think the 750W PSU would be enough if I was to get a second card for SLI?

And do you think the EVGA 570 would be much better than the 560 Ti?

And any suggestions for a motherboard?
February 4, 2012 10:09:53 PM

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I updated the PSU and the GTX 560 Ti - 448 or the GTX 570 is what I selected.
yes, both are better than the GTX 560 Ti..

I know both are better than the GTX 560 Ti, I was just wondering if there was a big difference between the GTX 560Ti - 448 and the GTX 570.
February 4, 2012 10:23:54 PM

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my apologies.
short answer, very little, less than 10FPS..

It's cool. I think I'll do the GTX 560Ti - 448 then.

One more question: If I have a 600W UPS and have a higher load on in than the 600W will it short out or catch fire or anything?
February 4, 2012 10:37:57 PM

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no worries, it's good to go.
I've seen higher watt PSU's connected to a 600-watt UPS before.

this build is more optimal for your plans.

Good I just got it so I'd be sad if I had to get a new one.

I lied more questions: Does that motherboard you suggested support SLI/how do you tell?

EDIT: Watching the video I see is says SLI on the box so just the 2nd part of the question.
February 4, 2012 11:00:36 PM

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it says it and SLi will always be at least x8/x8 it doesn't run x16/x4 like CF-X.
but this motherboard is SLi.
and as a plus this is also a Gen 3 board.

says it right on the box and web listing:
Multi-GPU Support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI deliver the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

Alright thank you very much for answering all my dumb questions.
February 15, 2012 9:45:05 AM

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