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Hello. I am switching back to Nvidia after using an AMD HIS Radeon HD 5850 for nearly a year and I need some help deciding what to switch to. The 5850 is more than powerful enough for my needs, but AMD's driver software is consistently buggy and they don't seem to have good support for Linux (especially the latest kernels).

Other than business use, I mainly play World of Warcraft (which is not too GPU intensive). I dabble in Crysis, Starcraft, GTA, and Call of Duty on occasion, but pretty rarely.

Here are my questions:
  1. Am I correct that the GTX 465 is roughly comparable to my Radeon 5850?
  2. It seems that the GTX 560 beats out the 465 and 470 while still being pretty competitively priced. Would you recommend that instead? Or something else?
  3. If I do go with a GTX 560, what brand and model do you recommend? I have been looking at the ASUS DCII, MSI TFII, MSI Hawk, and EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560. I am somewhat partial to ASUS.
  4. Is there enough of an improvement in the Ti version to justify that over the regular GTX 560?
  5. Which card would be easiest and best to overclock? My current 5850 is not a reference card and therefore I have lots of problems trying to use MSI Afterburner. I can't adjust the voltage and my overclocks don't tend to stick. I am hoping to avoid this.

I'd like to stay under $200, but $250 would be my limit for this upgrade. Thanks for your help!
post #2 of 46
There are a couple of GTX 480s in the for sale section for $255.
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post #3 of 46
GTX 560Ti Hawk for sure. You definitely won't have any issues with Afterburner...
post #4 of 46
A 560Ti on sale sounds like the perfect card for your price. I've only heard good things about the Hawk, but the Asus is sexier IMO
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post #5 of 46
Hawk or directCU II GTX 560ti.
Bang for the buck.
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post #6 of 46
560ti will give you a great performance boost. And yes, it is considered a worthy upgrade from the normal 560 for a little bit more moneys.

Overall, the 560ti will also balance the build and let you play some other new games you would want to experiment.
     
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post #7 of 46
IIRC an overclocked 560TI is nearly equal to a 570. That would be my choice.
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560ti
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post #9 of 46
If you want a 560 Ti, go with the MSI TF II or ASUS DirectCU II, those GPUs runs cooler, at low noise and the performance is excellent.

Here you don't pay the 'pre-overclock', you pay the cooling system.

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post #10 of 46
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Wow thanks for the fast replies! You guys are great!

Would you agree that nvidia has less driver/software issues and better Linux support? I'm trying to reduce my headaches here. Thanks again.
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