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Ok, so usually its no problem for me to choose a graphics card to buy, but in this case im extremely limited on options and so Im begging for help. So here's the story, my grandma is a very VERY kind person and has given me the ability to order a new graphics card off her dell preferred account. I can only order off of

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/c...06&sort=-price

the choices I have are an ATI radeon hd 6970, a gtx 570, or 2 gtx 460's in sli configuration. Now ive been buying Nvidia for quite some time, and have a SLI capable motherboard, so my opinion of ATI isn't a good one, just because I haven't had any experience for a long time with them. I cannot go over 439 dollars total. What I plan to do with my card/cards is gaming, I want to do full 1080p with all settings on max with little/no lag. My current computer specs are as followed.

Antec 900 tower
antec trupower 550w power supply
Asus p5n-d motherboard
intel core 2 duo e8400
6 gigs ddr2 ram
nvidia gtx 260
nvidia 8800gt
lots of 120mm fans
one tv tuner card in pci x1 slot
2-1tb drives
one 4x blu-ray player
one supermulti dvd burner drive from asus
windows 7 pro x64
1-hp 2010i 20inch monitor
1-hannspree 19inch monitor
1-asus 23.6 inch monitor
(i know most of this doesn't help, but I figured id list it all)

The games I normally play are

Portal
Portal 2
Call of duty 4 through Black Ops
Starcraft 2
World of Warcraft
Halo pc
Halo 2 pc
Fallout 3 and New Vegas

Any help or ideas or opinions would be absolutely wonderful. I would like to order something as soon as possible. Again, Thanks for the help!!!
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Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1000Mhz,it's also have 950Mhz version still SOC~
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Hey, that's a nice gift

About the choices, I would just remove the GTX 460s from the equation since I think SLI should be used either to get really high 3DMark scores by doubling up some very high end graphic cards, or to pair a second card to an already existing GPU. Others may disagree (and they're welcome to do it), bt I just don't see the point getting something that is slightly better than a GTX 570 and leaves no room to upgrade.

That said between the 6970 and the 570 a few months ago they were pretty much equal, but with some newer drivers the 6970 turns out on top; and it has 2GB of memory vs 1.2GB for the 570. Then again the 570 is better @folding. The choice is between a higher performing 6970 2GB and a more compute-friendly 570 1.2GB, choose what is more important to you.
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im not to sure what you mean by compute friendly??!?!?!? I had a sneaking suspecion that it would come down to the 6790 and 570, but what do you mean by compute friendly. another thing crossed my mind, if i upgrade to somethign like the two previously mentioned cards, should i worry about bottlenecking. I had a massive problem with it when i had a pentium d and my gtx 260, and i wanted to shoot myself for it and its been a while since ive upgraded to a newer card, the only thing ive done is add my 8800gt for more multimonitor support?!?!
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Originally Posted by caboose2253 View Post
im not to sure what you mean by compute friendly??!?!?!? I had a sneaking suspecion that it would come down to the 6790 and 570, but what do you mean by compute friendly. another thing crossed my mind, if i upgrade to somethign like the two previously mentioned cards, should i worry about bottlenecking. I had a massive problem with it when i had a pentium d and my gtx 260, and i wanted to shoot myself for it and its been a while since ive upgraded to a newer card, the only thing ive done is add my 8800gt for more multimonitor support?!?!
I would personally like to suggest the GTX570. If you can save enough for a good 650w PSU (TruePower New comes to mind) that would help a lot too, because then you could use your current GTX260 / 8800GT (whichever) for PhysX and more monitors since you said you use multiple monitors.

If you're JUST using the 570, your current PSU should be fine though. If you want to use the 260 or 8800, then you'll need ~650w. And if you DO plan on using a second card, you'll want to stick with Nvidia for now. Less drivers to deal with, less hassle, less problems.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
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Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
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Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
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Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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