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I just gave her my old 965 X4 Phenom rig and I dont want to waste money on a gpu that the CPU is going to bottleneck the crap out of!

I have been looking at the 560Ti Hawk for it?

I have this feeling a 570 is going to be bottle necked where it becomes a waste of $$$.

Will be mostly used on BF3.

Opinions please!
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post #2 of 27
GTX 560Ti sounds like a fine choice. I agree that a 570 would possibly be bottlenecked at stock clocks, but if you could get it overclocked a bit, I think it could easily handle a 570.
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post #3 of 27
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Its @ 3.8 thats all I could get out of that chip!

I used to drive 2x295s off the chip and get around 70FPS in Crysis Warhead 4xAA 1920x1080.
Edited by Hawk777th - 8/17/11 at 12:42am
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post #4 of 27
I also agree that the 560ti should be an appropriate match for that CPU. I might also recommend considering the 460 though. They are less than 11% slower than the 560ti CFC for about 60% of the cost. That is what I would go with without a doubt. This is the model of 460 I recommend the most, it's hardware is excellent and it's price is very reasonable.
Edited by juano - 8/17/11 at 2:02am
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post #5 of 27
I think you first need to tell us what she is actually doing with said computer that requires a new gpu.

Not sexist, just practical. I'd love to buy my GF a new computer too but to be honest she wouldn't notice the difference between my core 2 duo with a x1950 and a i7 with a 580. Minecraft isn't all that demanding after all.

If you still think she NEEDS the power, then yead a 560ti is a great card in terms of price/performance ratio. They also run fairly cool and aren't huge, which at least for me was nice when I replaced a dead 280 with one.
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i say
GTX460
HD6850
HD6790

those are all great choices if she wont be playing crysis all day.
even a 6870 gets bottlenecked in my rig, so 560 would ok since you have an extra core. i wouldnt spend more or get a higher card that that tho.
    
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post #7 of 27
Yea the 560Ti is a great choice
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Like I said Bf3. It has a 9500gt in it right now. The res she's using is 1600.
Edited by Hawk777th - 8/17/11 at 3:09am
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post #9 of 27
In that case, the GTX 560Ti will be fine. No reason for extra horsepower if she's not playing at any super high resolution.
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I think I should point out again that the 460 is generally less than 11% slower than the 560ti clock for clock and costs about 60% what a 560ti does.
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