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Should I get another GTX 580 or a 670/680?

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September 7, 2012 1:12:11 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of September

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Skyrim and Starcraft II)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GPU: GTX 580 3GB, PSU: Corsair 1200AX

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU: i5 2500K, Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca, NCIX, Amazon.ca, Memory Express

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600

I've been looking at 2560x1600 30" monitors and I think I will get the HP ZR30W. I want to play Skyrim at Ultra settings with everything maxed (Antialiasing, Anisotropic Filtering, FXAA etc... plus lots of mods). It doesn't seem that I will be able to run all of that at 2560x1600 with a single 580. The cheapest 3GB 580 I've seen is a EVGA Classified for about $550. So should I get another 580, or a 670/680 or something equivelant from AMD? If I get a 670 or 680, should I go with 2GB or 4GB?

Also, is there a reason Newegg carries two different models of the ZR30W? One is $1249.99 and the other is $1599.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=zr30w&bop=And&CompareItemList=20|24-176-234CVF^24-176-234CVF-02%23%2C24-176-177CVF^24-176-177CVF-04%23

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September 7, 2012 1:28:15 AM

not really sure on the whole monitor thing sometimes newegg does that and doesnt realize its the same product....maybe its a different version? you would get more raw performance out of two 580s in sli then you would with a 670/680....but since you have the 3gb 580 it makes getting another one alot more expensive. here is another option....try selling your current 580 and then buy two 670's for 380-400 bucks each....that way you spend about 760-800 on cards and sell your 580 for how ever much you can....if you sell your 580 for like 250 bucks you would be spending the same amount you would be to get another 580 and this way you have two higher performing cards.
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September 14, 2012 12:17:11 AM

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