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I am in the proccess of rebuilding my machine as it badly needs updating and i need a spot of advice on choosing a graphics card, currently i am looking at couple of cards and need some advice which to choose from.

the cards are:
MSI ATI Radeon HD 6870 OC HAWK GDDR5
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5
Inno3D GTX 480

most of these cards are about the same price as i am not looking to spend mega bucks on the card and i will gradually be upgrading the rest of the system over the next few months.
The card will mainly used for gaming and watching films and i mainly need advice to which would suit my needs best.
post #2 of 9
I would say the GTX 480, but the rest of your system is going to limit the card so extensively its not even funny. Would you kindly tell us what you are hoping to upgrade to?

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msi hawk gets my vote for its sexyness!
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well i thought my system as it stand whould be a little limited.

If i go the amd route with my upgrade the system would be somthing like this:

motherboard: Asus Crosshair iv (or V)
Processor: AMD Phenom II quad core 965 or 970
Memory: corsair vengance 8GB or simular to suit board
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
primary Hdd: ssd 60GB

If i go the intel route it whould be simular but based around a I7 processor ( not sure which one though).
post #5 of 9
for awesome performance get that gtx 480. if heat is you main concern, i would suggest grabbing 6870 and crossfire it later
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post #6 of 9
I would suggest NOT the 480. The performance gain over a 470 is not worth the extra cost or the extra power consumption.

That said, I'd go with either the 470 or a 560Ti.
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What is your budget and can the system support SLI/Crossfire? Are there more options or are those the only 4 available to choose from?
 
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post #8 of 9
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the max i can go for for a graphics card at the moment is about £180 (the cost of the GTX 480).
I was toying with building my new system with the possibility of going sli or crossfire at a later date to increase the performance of the machine.
post #9 of 9
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I have been following a couple of other threads where people are also upgrading there graphics cards and a lot of people have recormended the 560Ti which is also just in my budget.
Also noise is not such a problem as the current card is quite noisy under load (sounds like a vac cleaner) and as i am only planing to have a single card at the moment power is not such a problem (if i put a second card in i would fit a new psu).
So any other ideas as to what i should be looking for as most of the cards i have been looking at are within £20-£30 of each other.
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