Graphics card purchase help

I have been looking extensively into building a new gaming/performance pc. I have almost all components chosen except for the graphics card. I was hoping you guys could help me with my final choice.

My system so far:

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth x79
Processor: Intel Core i7 3820
Ram: Corsair Vengance 4x4 GB DDR3 1866MHz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB

I havint chosen a PSU yet but I will choose it to fit the system, not the other way around.
I will be watercooling the system so a reference design card would be preferred but is not necessary.

My card choices are but not limited to :

EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked Video Card: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6942892&CatId=3669

EVGA 02G-P4-2685-KR GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature Video Card: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2522512&CatId=7387

These 2 cards I looked at because they seemed to be very good value for their price. What I am looking for in a graphics card is something that is powerful enough to last me a good while that I can add another in SLI or Crossfire when they start to run out of steam. I probably wont be overclocking them myself but a pre-overclocked card is fine. The GTX 680 is a little too high priced for me but I will get it if It is worth the money.

Can you guys help me pick out a card? My choices arent limited to these 2 but they are the ones I researched the most.

Additional info:

Games played most: Skyrim, Dirt 3, MW3, BF3.

The place I started my search when I was looking for great bang for buck was http://whatgfx.com/
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  1. between the 580 and 680 I would def go with the 680...the gpu choice is going to affect your gaming experience the most so I would not cheap out on the gpu. If you are looking for something a little cheaper but about the same performance you could pick up a 7970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001

    or a 680 for $100 less you can oc it yourself
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768
  2. Go for either the 7970, 7950 or a 680! :)
  3. Fill out the new build form in the new build section of the forum.

    For gaming, you can get a faster s1155 platform for a LOT less money.
  4. Yeah, the Sabertooth is a waste of money. Also, you've got to go for a 3570K. Overclocking is easy, safe and highly economical.
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