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GTX580 for ~£300 - good deal?

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February 3, 2012 2:54:15 PM

Looking at either GTX580 GOOD edition or GTX580 phantom, both 1.5GB versions at 290 and 310 respectively... Am i right in thinking that these prices are an absolute steal?

I'm thinking about extending my budget from getting the 6950 2gb/560ti 448 to getting these instead....

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February 3, 2012 3:19:25 PM

If there is any confusion, what I am asking is:

Is the gtx 580 at this price (£290 or £310) a good deal?
Is there something 'wrong' with the Gainward gtx580 which means its priced lower than its competitors?
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 4:46:42 PM

Medicteddy said:
If there is any confusion, what I am asking is:

Is the gtx 580 at this price (£290 or £310) a good deal?
Is there something 'wrong' with the Gainward gtx580 which means its priced lower than its competitors?

There is nothing wrong with the Gainward however my Gainward Gtx 295 died around 14 months after purchase although this can happen to any brand I was probably just unlucky. It does seem a very good price and would be very tempted. Have you had a look at the 7950 cards as the benches are generally better ? :) 
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February 3, 2012 4:50:59 PM

I was tempted by the 7950's too as they look really good and seem to beat the 580 in some instances, but I'm stretching my budget already to the 300 quid margin so I have a feeling that £350 for the hd7950 will break the bank :(  especially since I like the idea of non-reference cards with their superior cooling and quieter function

a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 5:45:18 PM

300 is a good price for a GTX 580 since they are compareable to a 7950. The 7950 willl run cooler and probably give you better performance over time - but at 300 bucks for the GTX 580 - that's a steal - IMO.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 10:54:04 PM

Its a good price but not a good time to buy as the 660 will be out soon and should be better and cheaper and will drop prices on the 580 & 7950 most likely. This is based on rumour not fact though.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 10:57:11 PM

Sorry got them mixed up the 660 should be around the same performance as the 580 and much cheaper but will not be out until April the 660Ti should be better and cheaper than the 580 and is due out between now and the end of march. Again if the rumours are correct.
February 4, 2012 9:46:39 AM

hmm i'm assembling my first computer at the beginning of march... is it worth the wait to use intel HD graphics in the meantime?
a c 175 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 10:35:09 AM

Well prices after release might be really high, so you would be probably surprised and you wait longer... (But that's just my opinion). GTX 580 for just 300 pounds is some good stuff for you.
a c 182 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 11:01:38 AM

All fair and good, but what resolution is your monitor, Medicteddy? At resolutions of 1680x1050 or lower a GTX580 is really too much and you'd be better served with one of the less powerful cards in your first post.
I'm also unclear as to your intentions: Is this card an upgrade to an existing rig, exclusively for the new system to be built later, or do you intend to use it as an upgrade, then carry it over into the new build?



a c 88 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 11:04:59 AM

The prices of the 580 should drop when the new 600 cards arrive.
February 4, 2012 3:11:16 PM

my monitor is 1920 x 1080 and I'm building my very first desktop computer in march

about 50/50 on getting a gtx580 now or wait for a few months...
a c 175 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 9:42:21 AM

probably now. You see that 6950 and 6970 prices didn't drop for about a month after thee 7970 is released. And in my prediction this will happen with Kepler. So say 660 ti (or whatever) is released on April, you would probably wait longer to may waiting prices to drop.
a c 182 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 10:47:44 AM

Waiting seems like the best idea, I'd also suggest hold off until Nvidia releases its own new cards and then make the decision when you finalise the specs for your new build.
February 8, 2012 6:24:19 PM

Just so you guys know what I chose, I ended up getting a used Inno3d gtx580 1.5GB for £255 from ebay

Thanks for all your help guys!

P.S. How do you choose best answers on this forum?
April 11, 2012 10:41:39 AM

ouch used cards are not the best deals out and just for a few more you get a brand new one, but well it's your pocket, but some used cards are still great
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