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ok guys so iv seen so many post and stuff about witch is the best gpu ( money/performance) and I still don't know which one to chose

so by BEST GPU I mean:
-ratio performance/price
-"future proof"
-Power Consumption /-to run cool and silent
- cheaper it is the better since the HD7000 and gtx600 should be out soon


(im looking for a gpu to get for my future Crosshair 5/ Buldozzer PC)
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6950 is the best price/performance card so far or maybe a GTX480 with the prcie drop, however they eat a lot of power, sometimes loud and very hot at times.
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Budget?

Hard to recommend anything without knowing what you want to spend.
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7950gx2. buy one.

edit:
my SLI 480gtx's feel future proof. If you can find them for a good deal that might be worth looking into. My friend got a 560 and it doesnt preform as well as it really should.
Edited by Tweak17emon - 6/17/11 at 2:49pm
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post #5 of 21
Crossfire HD6990's, SLI GTX 590's.

You should really give a budget when asking such things, as it's all relative and arbitrary to most people.

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-"future proof"
-Power Consumption /-to run cool and silent
- cheaper it is the better since the HD7000 and gtx600 should be out soon
All of these things are contradictory to each other, with the first thing in bold being impossible.

I know I sound like a jerk, but expecting an answer when you don't give any specifics on budget, performance you're expecting, time to next upgrade, etc., it's all pretty meaningless.
    
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everyoen has their own idea of futureproof. mine is what im running now, seeing as i dont think ill need to upgrade in a year or so and be able to run every game maxed (60fps min). some people want to make their fps 100+ and if their hardware cant do that, then its no longer futureproof.

Guyladouche has a great post and its all true...
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Um. Where to begin....

Future proof is really ambiguous. DO you mean you want it to run for 5 years? 2years? The problem is that GPU tech increases like CPU's, in accordance with Moore's Law. What you buy now will quickly become obsolete: i.e. a $300 GPU today will got for $150 next year and so on. In addition, there are a slew of other factors to consider: Do you feel the need to play at max settings in a game? What is the FPS number you want to be playing at? 60FPS? Less? Do you like to engage in folding, mining, world grid, BOINC, etc? Are you talking the best gaming GPU or perhaps the best for rendering and photoshop?

Please understand I am not trying to be snide, I really want to provide you the best answer to your question, but it isn't so cut and dried.

Factors to consider:

1. VRAM usage is on the rise with more AA options. As such 1GB is quickly moving to the lower end of the spectrum for GPU's.

2. Monitor resolution will likely increase in coming years and will be higher than 1080 requiring more GPU horsepower. Note: I'm not talking monitor size.

3. DirectX is currently used in a lot of titles but most support DX9/10 with less supporting DX11. That being said consoled tend to determine a lot about how a game is written. With the new Playstaion and Xbox consoles on the horizon, that may change, snd DX11 can hammer even current GPU's like the 6990 and 590.

Point is there are a lot of things to consider. If you don't see yourself upgrading to a 120hz monitor than 60 FPS is the max you will be able to see anyways. And if you see yourself staying with a 1080 monitor then you will very rarely currently exceed 1GB of VRAM making something like a 6950 1GB model/ GTX 560 ti a great option.

If you are really wanting futureproof as long as possible, then buy the best GPU you can afford with the most available VRAM. The GTX 580 comes in a 3GB variety and is a fantastic card albeit at a poor price to performance ratio. Alternatively a HD6970 is a very good card with 2GB of VRAM.

I personally went with the 2GB HD6950 as I felt they represented the best price/performance ratio among current GPU offerings.
    
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I just got my first sli setup. Shame its a 460 gtx rig, i'm a couple years out of date already lol.

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ok guys so iv seen so many post and stuff about witch is the best gpu ( money/performance) and I still don't know which one to chose

so by BEST GPU I mean:
-ratio performance/price
-"future proof"
-Power Consumption /-to run cool and silent
- cheaper it is the better since the HD7000 and gtx600 should be out soon


(im looking for a gpu to get for my future Crosshair 5/ Buldozzer PC)
Well why worry about future proof if your going to upgrade to a 7000 or 600 series in five months approximately anyway?

If that's the case, keep your 6950 and wait.
     
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thank you so much guys for your answers

by future proof i don't mean to bye the best gpu ....
(example before like 5 years when i lived in DC I made my self a new pc (I had 4 gigs of ram , Athlon x2 6000 , a really cheap geforce 8800 gts and some nice asus mobo it was all about 1000$ , i remember that there were only gpus that was about 700$ and i got mine for less then 200......
and before few months I gave to a friend of mine and he is still very happy with it and plays like times more games then me ...... )

the sad things is that i already have a 6950 2gb (unlocked ) an di fell like like im not using it well iv spend most of my time on the net , doing stuff for school and watching movies on my second big hd .... )

so i thing for my new build i will get something cheap and wait for the new gpus ...
i was planning on something like 460hawk , 470 .... and mostly a HD6870 1gb that i found for 137 euros

but other thing i would really appreciate is if the gpu runs cool and its silent
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