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I am in the process of selling my gtx 295 through amazon, hopefully I find a buyer and with all fees and shipping I should get $200 for it. If/when I do what should be my new video card? I have about $500 in my checking account and am planning on buying a card before I ship out my GTX 295 so as to reduce my rigs downtime. That being said, I am willing to fork out about $100 extra on top of the $200 from the sale so what card should I get? It seems like the best option would be a 6950 tf3 with the hope that it unlocks to a 6970, however I am wary of AMD as I have heard they have driver issues, though I haven't heard any complaints recently. Alternatively I could search around for a deal on a gtx 570 tf3 but they may be hard to find for the price. So, what say you Overclock.net?
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I am in the process of selling my gtx 295 through amazon, hopefully I find a buyer and with all fees and shipping I should get $200 for it. If/when I do what should be my new video card? I have about $500 in my checking account and am planning on buying a card before I ship out my GTX 295 so as to reduce my rigs downtime. That being said, I am willing to fork out about $100 extra on top of the $200 from the sale so what card should I get? It seems like the best option would be a 6950 tf3 with the hope that it unlocks to a 6970, however I am wary of AMD as I have heard they have driver issues, though I haven't heard any complaints recently. Alternatively I could search around for a deal on a gtx 570 tf3 but they may be hard to find for the price. So, what say you Overclock.net?
GTX 295 = GTX 480 = GTX 570 > 300$

Even a 6950 2gb unlock would be more of a sidegrade for you, the only real thing would be a GTX 580 which is a little out of your budget, unless you dont mind a sidegrade, at which point you can justify it by saying it has newer bells and whistles then your old clunker (DX11, shader model, potentiely CUDA, better power......)
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GTX 295 = GTX 480 = GTX 570 > 300$

Even a 6950 2gb unlock would be more of a sidegrade for you, the only real thing would be a GTX 580 which is a little out of your budget, unless you dont mind a sidegrade, at which point you can justify it by saying it has newer bells and whistles then your old clunker (DX11, shader model, potentiely CUDA, better power......)
Agree, anything less than a GTX580 would just be a sidegrade.

Unless the application/game that you're running does not support SLI/needs a lot of VRAM, 560/570/HD6950/HD6970 are still within the margin of performance.
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GTX 295 = GTX 480 = GTX 570 > 300$

Even a 6950 2gb unlock would be more of a sidegrade for you, the only real thing would be a GTX 580 which is a little out of your budget, unless you dont mind a sidegrade, at which point you can justify it by saying it has newer bells and whistles then your old clunker (DX11, shader model, potentiely CUDA, better power......)
the temps on this card bother me, idling at 71C and hitting 91C in TF2 is unreasonable.
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I upgraded to a gtx295 to a 570, not a sidegrade at all. Maybe has 480cores, but stock running from 576 and 742 to overclocked speeds of 625 or so and 850 (or more depending) makes a big difference, plus it runs cooler and uses less power.

Like a 25% increase in performance, plus no SLI issues if a game doesn't support SLI. I did ended up getting two 570's, which crushes quad-sli. Just saying.... Also being able to use DX11 is nice, even if it's just for benching. No 3dmark11 scores for a gtx295.
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I may just buy a $5 can of compressed air and go to town on the card, can't really get an aftermarket heatsink since it's the dual pcb version. Card hasn't had any errors except at 105C where the screen with go black for a second every 15 mins. Its not a bad card I think I just have the upgrade itch.
post #7 of 11
If you don't mind getting a used card you can pick up a gtx 480 for $250 -$280 on ebay

I love mine and many people will tell you the same, and if you are planning on watercooling it will be a great card under water

Gah, I missed a lot leaving the page open and not replying right away sorry haha
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from GTX295 to 6950 was NOT A SIDE GRADE! performance was improved! except for GTAIV (sidegrade) and any source based game because of the drivers! over 25fps in NFS:shift and 10FPS in crysis2!
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Anyone saying a gtx295 is = to a gtx480 is a complete idiot. Sell the gtx295. It sucks when high AA is used with higher resolutions than 1680x1050. Huge increase going gtx480 from a gtx295. If you dont believe me try playing Crysis, Bad Company 2, etc....

Pathetic people with no knowledge hating on one of the best cards for the price. I got two gtx480's for less than $450 and would smoke anything out there..
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If you don't mind heat or power consumption and noise, definitely get the gtx 480. It will feel much smoother and give you better fps without the microstutter. You can also get them for 300$ at newegg which is a great price.
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