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Old August 4, 2011, 02:29 AM
Zak_M Zak_M is offline
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My System Specs

Exclamation HD 6950 CF or GTX 570 SLI? GTX 580?

Ok... now I have a few posts on here already, I'm building a gaming PC in a couple weeks and will finish in sept. Now, I'll be playing at 1920x1080. I'll play a ton of different games... Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Battlefield, Call Of Duty 4, Counter Strike, free games, Battlefield 3 and so on.

The CPU will be an i5 2500k
RAM will be 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
The motherboard will be a
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3


Should I get 2 HD 6950 1 GB's ($259.99 x2 = $519.98)

2 GTX 570's ($349.99 x2 = $699.98) which as you can see is roughly $100 more per card.

Or

Single GTX 580 = $499.99


My research I've conducted has suggested that the 1GB and 2GB versions of the HD 6950 make absolutely no difference in performance at 1920x1080, sometimes from what I saw the 1GB beat the 2GB at this resolution. I also saw they perform very closely to the GTX 570(s) but are only $520 as opposed to $700.

Then, we have the single GTX 580, which is $500 currently. Should I get the Crossfire setup with the HD 6950's, the SLI setup with the GTX 570's, or a single GTX 580 and add one down the line.... because currently the HD 6950's beats the GTX 580 by ALOT and it's about the same price depending on what the prices are for different brands here.

So, guys, what should I do?
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