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I'll definitely keep my eyes open for a GTX470 though currently I'm not finding them any cheaper than the GTX560 Ti - and no good coolers. As of now I'm stalking two ASUS GTX480s. If I can get a good deal on them, I might run them in SLI. Otherwise, I'll probably decide between the ASUS and MSI cards listed above (if no GTX470 deals appear). Thanks for the suggestion!
The MSI is excellent and in some cases overclock and run more cooler than the ASUS

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I just purchased the MSI GTX 560 Ti TFII / OC. Thanks for the tips guys!
post #23 of 46
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I have a chance to get 1 or two used ASUS GTX 480 reference cards for $230 a piece. Are they worth it and could I overclock them as well as the MSI GTX 560 ti TFII that I have on order? Which would you choose?
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I have a chance to get 1 or two used ASUS GTX 480 reference cards for $230 a piece. Are they worth it and could I overclock them as well as the MSI GTX 560 ti TFII that I have on order? Which would you choose?
The 480s are going to perform better, but at the cost of pulling more power, and running hotter. I would take 480s however, very powerful cards.
Also they should put out some pretty serious PPD.
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I think I have enough power and case cooling for them, but are they a good value at $230 each? Will I be able to overclock them as well as the GTX 560 TFII because they are only reference cards?
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The problem with reference card is than the cooling system isn't the best, maybe can be overclocked as well as the TF II or DirectCU II but the heat and noise will rise too.
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post #27 of 46
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I ended up getting the ASUS GTX 480 because the deal with too good to pass up. ASUS claims that the card can be overvolted and overclocked. Hopefully my case cooling can help offset the limited GPU cooling system on this card. I hope I made the right call...

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...4802DI1536MD5/
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I ended up getting the ASUS GTX 480 because the deal with too good to pass up. ASUS claims that the card can be overvolted and overclocked. Hopefully my case cooling can help offset the limited GPU cooling system on this card. I hope I made the right call...

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...4802DI1536MD5/
Did you get one or two of them?
At $230, that's a good price.
You'll notice a difference compared to the 5850.
I've been running one 480 since they came out, and upgraded to two a few months ago, still very happy with these cards.

The 1200 is a good-sized case, use a fan on the door to improve the gpu cooling if needed.
If you eventually decide you want to improve the stock cooling of the 480, there are a few good aftermarket air coolers available for them, from AC, Zalman, and Thermalright.
post #29 of 46
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Did you get one or two of them?
No, I just got one. I don't even use half the power of the 5850 so I figured two GTX 480s would be even more overkill. I'll be glad to be back with nvidia again
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I ended up getting the ASUS GTX 480 because the deal with too good to pass up. ASUS claims that the card can be overvolted and overclocked. Hopefully my case cooling can help offset the limited GPU cooling system on this card. I hope I made the right call...
Same card I bought a few weeks ago. My room is crazy hot, but with a slight overclock and a custom fan profile I was loading at ~82°C in Just Cause 2. I've been happy with it, but I'm looking forward to finding out what results my little H20 experiment yields.
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