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 ?
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
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.
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.
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?
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.