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So I'm stuck with a single card setup?confused.gif

No you can buy a second 6870? Buying a 2gb 6807 won't do you any good or have any advantages unless you ditch your 1gb card. But you will see a performance increase if you have 2 6870s in CF.
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No you can buy a second 6870? Buying a 2gb 6807 won't do you any good or have any advantages unless you ditch your 1gb card. But you will see a performance increase if you have 2 6870s in CF.

Oh ok. I think I'm gonna ditch AMD all together. CC is setting everything high so when I play games I get really low fps. I've tried rolling back drivers as far bask as 10.9 and had no luck. I'm over it. looks like 570s to me smile.gif Iwas planing to get a better card anyways.
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I like this thread +Rep

How about adding some information about ppl running 120hz monitors? You really need to go high end to max out games at 120fps at 1080p with a single card.

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Nice thread! reped.

btw the Quadro's (workstation not gaming!) are all good for Architects (such as myself tongue.gif)
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Entry level (comfortable performance):
Quadro 400 and 600

Mid range (excellent performance):
Quadro 2000 and 2000D

High end (For professionals):
Quadro 4000 and 5000

Ultra high end (For people who are crazy ;D)
Quadro 6000 and Plex 7000

Then you have the Teslas's which are ******* insane! which are used for Reservoir simulation, Molecular Dynamics. Numerical Analytics, Computational Visualization (ray tracing)

To break it down though, on bfbc2 I was on all medium settings with 4x AA and AF and no AO running at; (with dxtory)

Min: 45 FPS (under a lot of stress with explosions and smoke)
Avg: 80 FPS (no smoke but moving)
Max: 130 FPS (not moving at all)

I used my Xeon cpu as well so image with an i5 or i7, it would be great!

In summary Quadro's are for professionals, gaming is playable but not a max settings @ high fps @ high resolution.

I have my GTX 570 and i5 and when I build my machine this weekend I will stress test it with the same benchmarks to see if the GTX 570 is a better all round card as apposed to a quadro which is made for still images/avi's etc. not gaming.

Hope this helps man!
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Wow! Thanks dood! Will add to op very soon.
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Hmm... I was just looking through NewEgg for some graphics cards, and I came across a conclusion. GTX460 cards trump 550ti's rather easily. However, the 560ti's thoroughly trounce the GTX460.

Your chart recommends for my monitor (1600 x 900) a GTX550ti card. However, I'm thinking of splurging a bit (okay, it's actually cheaper) and going with a GTX460 card. Can you think of any downside to this?
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You found the 460 cheaper on Newegg? Hmm I must have not looked hard enough.

Well you have a good point that I kind of failed to add upon, I mostly stuck with just the newest generation of cards.

If you can find a 460 cheaper I don't see why not unless one was lacking in the PSU area, which you definitely are not.

I did some searching myself and yes the 550 ti is behind the 460, but it doesn't seem by to much. The 550 ti consumes less power (1 six pin compared to 2 on the 460) and therefore produces less heat as well. So if power consumption, heat, and $20 were important factors for whatever reason then the 550 ti would be a better choice.

However none of those look like they'd be issues to you so I'd recommend the 460 thumb.gif

I'm glad I reserved that extra post in the beginning... seems I have a lot of work to do and a lot of bases to cover. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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Ah, I wasn't aware of the fact that the 550ti only used one 6-pin, and the 460 used two. NewEgg tends to brush over facts like that. Yeah, it's not really a factor for me, but it's always nice to know that up front.
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Check the pics man wink.gif Newegg usually has an angled shot from the back showing the required PSU connectors.
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I found the easiest way to pick a gpu was to check out toms hardware's monthly article "best graphics card for the money". Answers everything pretty much...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042.html
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