Hello ive just bought a ASUS DirectCU II GeForce GTX 580 (1536 MB) gfx card for 240 uk pound brand new i was just wondering if that is a good price for one ??
Also ive tested the card out and have really like the card and thinking about buying another one and running them in sli / crossfire but ive been told it would make my games overkill. Would that slow my games down ??
My temps are at 30ghz at ideal and 50c in game on full load the one card i have now which i think is great and that is why id like to buy another one then maybe next year buy another so would end up with 3. If i had 2 or 3 of them in my computer would i be safe for a few years upgrade wise ??
1200w should be able to handle 3 GTX580 just fine. for 2 800w-850w should be suffice. btw you're going to need wicked fast cpu to keep up with 3 GTX580. 2 GTX580 should be faster than a single 680. for your resolution 1 GTX580 should do just fine for current games
honestly its hard to dictate how 'future proof' your configurations are since we did not know what kind of raw performance do we need for any upcoming games. but i think it is suffice to say with such setup you can have good or great performance in majority of the games that will come out in 2 or 3 years later.
If you can afford and have the means for dual 580s then go for it!
Keep in mind some games will play differently. Meaning some games will favour sli and some that are not 100% supported might give undesired performance such as sluggish and/or micro stuttering. Depending on how well supported the game is and of course the level of driver support from Nvidia, you'll still have the option to single or dual in Nvidia control panel at anytime.
Nvidia have done exceptionally well with their drivers and have improved a lot on their architecture Fermi which the 500 series is based on.
About this myth overkill... it’s all bloody nonsense. Once upon a time playing an ancient dos game with a decade advanced cpu would make the game play at 300mph...Now overkill would make sense here ^_^. But presently, games are different, that doesn’t happen anymore and like I said, if you can afford and have the means, then why not. People here at toms, when they say overkill, they mean (with best intentions) saving money usually for advice on best value.