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Buy used on the ocn marketplace. You'll get a lot more for your dollar.

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Originally Posted by AtomicFrost View Post
If you don't mind me asking, what was the GPU you were using before that one? Do you think the 560 Ti is worth about $200 right now?
Here's the order: 9800GTX, 4850, 260 216, 470, 460 1GB, 6870, 560 Ti

Honestly, I'm on # 3 right now and still getting random driver stopped responding problems. I've had the card since release and the issue started w/ the 280.26 Betas and have persisted through the latest beta. EVGA's telling me that all 3 cards passed their tests despite the first RMA's fan being unable to spin, lol. At this point, I think it's a driver issue, but it's odd that it happens far less on the latest RMA. So is it worth $200? Maybe, if you're one of the fortunate wo/ issues. FWIW, I could got mostly above 50 FPS playing BF3's beta w/ high detail preset on Caspian. It seemed pretty playable.

That said, if I were to get something today, it'd probably be a 6950 2GB. 1GB's just not enough. I had hoped to go SLI w/ a cheap used 560 Ti later, but that's all moot now since BF3 needs more. I was getting 3.3 FPS on Ultra preset, lol! But maybe wait awhile to see how BF3 does if that's something you're waiting for.

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Originally Posted by Gnomepatrol View Post
Buy used on the ocn marketplace. You'll get a lot more for your dollar.
After looking through the various cards, I wouldn't even bother. 560 Ti's for $200/$210? I paid $220 for mine brand new nearly 10 months ago AND got 3 games. 570's for $300? I guess you just have to keep your eyes on the good deals (saw one 570 go for $240). But overall it looks a little overpriced in there.
Edited by Jodiuh - 10/17/11 at 1:53pm
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Here's the order: 9800GTX, 4850, 260 216, 470, 460 1GB, 6870, 560 Ti

Honestly, I'm on # 3 right now and still getting random driver stopped responding problems. I've had the card since release and the issue started w/ the 280.26 Betas and have persisted through the latest beta. EVGA's telling me that all 3 cards passed their tests despite the first RMA's fan being unable to spin, lol. At this point, I think it's a driver issue, but it's odd that it happens far less on the latest RMA. So is it worth $200? Maybe, if you're one of the fortunate wo/ issues. FWIW, I could got mostly above 50 FPS playing BF3's beta w/ high detail preset on Caspian. It seemed pretty playable.

That said, if I were to get something today, it'd probably be a 6950 2GB. 1GB's just not enough. I had hoped to go SLI w/ a cheap used 560 Ti later, but that's all moot now since BF3 needs more. I was getting 3.3 FPS on Ultra preset, lol! But maybe wait awhile to see how BF3 does if that's something you're waiting for.


After looking through the various cards, I wouldn't even bother. 560 Ti's for $200/$210? I paid $220 for mine brand new nearly 10 months ago AND got 3 games. 570's for $300? I guess you just have to keep your eyes on the good deals (saw one 570 go for $240). But overall it looks a little overpriced in there.
You do bring up a good point about the 560 Ti lacking the VRAM that is really needed for the new games coming out. I really wish that NVidia had given it at least 1.5GB. I think that I'll avoid the 500 series for now. It sort of feels like AMD is beating them with the 6k series, and the prices are pretty inflated for a 560 Ti. They are including Batman which is a great game, but I was never planing on buying it in the first place so it's sort of a moot value add. I never played the first one.

I wish that a 6950 with 2GB VRAM was cheaper. I could order one for $250 with a $20 rebate. So I think that I've narrowed my options down:

1. Get the 460 for $144.99 + $30 MIR. total $114.99

Pros:

Performance isn't too bad compared to newer cards (6870)
Cheap
Best bang / buck ratio
Decent cooler, and has a good chance of overclocking to 900Mhz+ AKA. wring the snot out of it.

Cons:

Performance is less compared to other cards out there. (560 Ti, 6950)
460 SLI is slower then 6870 CF
No game included
$30 MIR - A decent amount of money hinging on this rebate being accepted


2. Powercolor Radeon HD 6950 2GB $249.99 + $20MIR = $229.99

Pros:

Very fast
2 GB VRAM for large resolutions / textures
Decent cooling should help with overclocking
Good upgrade path (Add another 6950 2GB)

Cons:

Initial price is about $100 over my original budget / ~$75 after MIR. This hurts a lot.
Powercolor is not a top tier brand
Going to be obsolete in 6 months with the release of the 7k series
No free game


3. Grab a 6870 for $185 + $20 MIR = $165

Pros:

Pretty fast
Great scaling with CF
Free Dirt 3

Cons:

Only 1 GB VRAM
Performance is only ok
Reference heatsink & XFX service


I'm leaning between option #1 and #2. If any of you know of any cheaper new 6950's with 2GB and not at Tiger Direct please post. If I went for a 6950 I wouldn't have to go through the bother of swapping out the 460 / selling it. Plus once the 7K come out I could try and grab another for CF. Decisions decisions decisions . . .

I wish I could just demo these cards out in my new system. There should be a video card rental company.


EDIT: I decided to buy the 460 GTX for $114.99 after MIR. Once I overclock the crap out of it the performance will be a little better than a stock 560. It will keep me held over until both AMD / NVidia release their new card series. If I get a 6xx card then I can use this 460 as an overkill PhysX card. If I go with a 7xxx card then I'll either put it in my HTPC or sell it on here for some coin.

I noticed that someone posted this card in the online deals section on here, so I hope I ordered soon enough before they sell out. I wish I had ordered earlier.

Thank you again everyone who helped me decide which card to get for my new build. OCN FTW

Edited by AtomicFrost - 10/17/11 at 5:17pm
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I think this is better because his fans is quiet, big and special design.
take a look:
http://www.gigabyte.us/MicroSite/275...-Inclined.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125401
post #35 of 35
Grate! Hope u like it! Which model? Reference cards are VERY quiet.
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