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I'm on a $460 budget I'm going to be playing at 1080p. The games I will be playing are Bad Company 2, Crysis 2, Bad Company 3 (When its released), GTA IV, Just Cause 2, Borderlands, Starcraft 2. I'm hoping to max these games out or get close to maxing them out with decent fps. Thanks

Right Now I'm looking at a few cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130587
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127554
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121432

Thanks in advance

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I know how to overclock I'm going to be upgrading to a x16 x16 board soon but for right now I'm looking for single cards
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The most powerful solution would be two 6870s. However, since you're looking for a single card, a GTX 580 would be the best option (as it is the most powerful single card on the market). A 6970 would be a close second, concerning processing power, and might be an overall better option price-wise.
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The most powerful solution would be two 6870s. However, since you're looking for a single card, a GTX 580 would be the best option (as it is the most powerful single card on the market). A 6970 would be a close second, concerning processing power, and might be an overall better option price-wise.
So would I be better off buying a x16 x16 motherboard and two 6870s or a 580 and upgrading later? ( which would make more sense)
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So would I be better off buying a x16 x16 motherboard and two 6870s or a 580 and upgrading later? ( which would make more sense)
If I were you, I'd buy a nice aftermarket 6950/6970 (such as the Twin Frozr III or DirectCU II) and overclock it. With a card like that, you can max almost any game at 1080p. With the extra money, get a nice new board in case you decide to Crossfire in the future. This leaves you with a nice upgrade path, you can always grab another 6950, 6970, or even 6990 in the future.

I would only get a GTX 580 if you are willing to pay the premium for a relatively minimal gain in performance, or if you are going to use programs in the future that utilize CUDA or benefit more from Nvidia cards (such as F@H).
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Since your looking for a single card solution might as well get the best single GPU card for under $460 which is the GTX 580 1.5GB.

Newegg - EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB $459.99 $4.99 Shipping with $20 rebate card = $445.98

Fry's Electronics - EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB $445.99 with $20 MIR = $425.99

Fry's locations: California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Illionois, Indiana, Oregon, Washington.

On a single 1920x1080p monitor having more VRM isn't going to improve performance. It will max out games and be great for you for the next two years. I'm guessing but I'm pretty sure a third year if you turn down AA to keep it going even further.

It's highly over clockable with no issues doing so. Check out the GTX 580 Overclockers Club in my sig link and find out for yourself.

It takes Crysis, Crysis2, and will play Battlefield 3 and Modern Warefare 3 without any problems. Your PSU can handle it easily. If you want to SLI it though you'll need a qaulity 850 watt PSU to do so safely.

On a side note: Post your system specs in 'Edit System' so others can see what you have without you having to post it each time. It helps a lot for those giving you advice and makes it easier on yourself. Even your general location, some OCN members are in other countries and certain products suggested may not pertain to them. Some vendors don't ship over seas.

Also most importantly - WELCOME TO OCN!

Good luck in your decision and post back once you pulled the trigger.
     
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If I were you I would go for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125382
it can performs much better than others 'cause it has a bigger vapor chamber and windforce 3X cooler, if you read some reviews you would know that this is the best one to choose.
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If you want a single card, why not the Powercolor 6870x2 2GB.
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If I were you I'd go for one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125395
The cooler on it is just awesome and since it's dual slot, it'll be easier for you to go dual card in the future unlike the triple slot Asus Direct Cu II version. But if you're getting a motherboard that supports triple slot cards in SLi / CrossFireX, then definitely go with the Asus version.
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I would agree that any 69x0 card will be suitable, as would a 570 or 580. Make your decision based on cost and other people's experiences with drivers and overclocking to get a feel for how easy/hard things will be with your new card.
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