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First post here on OCN, been reading around for a little while now. I'm finishing putting together my first build, but the last piece of the puzzle is my graphics card. I've already decided that the 560 Ti will be best for what I'm looking to do, and in my price range. I'll be using this build mostly for gaming, I'm really looking to play BF3 and other new games at High/Ultra level graphics. I am considering an SLI setup in the future, so that is something important.

I'm pretty sure I've gotten it narrowed down between the two cards below. Before anybody flames me based on the links, I do happen to work at Best Buy, so I'm getting it through work for a small employee discount. Both cards would be the same price for me, so that is irrelevant in this situation. I'm just not sure which one I should go with.

Reference Nvidia 560 Ti: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/NVIDIA+-+GeForce+GTX+560+Ti+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/2146823.p?id=1218312181329&skuId=2146823&st=560%20Ti&cp=1&lp=4

or

ASUS 560 Ti DCII: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+NVIDIA+GeForce+GTX+560+Ti+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/3243146.p?id=1218388673602&skuId=3243146&st=560%20Ti&cp=1&lp=3


I like the twin fans on the ASUS card quite a bit. Seems like a well cooled card, and has good reviews on Newegg. However, I also like the fact that the Nvidia card is a straight reference card, which leaves me with more opportunities for aftermarket cooling in the future if I decide to go that route. As I'm writing this, I am leaning toward the ASUS card, mostly because I have found multiple retailers that sell this card. Whereas with the Nvidia, I have been unable to find any other retailers that carry this exact card, which could make my future SLI setup difficult if Best Buy were to run out or stop carrying them before I purchase the second card. Like I mentioned, this is my first build, and I want to make sure I am getting the best components for what I am looking to do. Unfortunately, I am teh n00b, so any advice is appreciated. Thanks for reading/helping guys.
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1. best buy is overpriced so if you get them try another place. frys/micro center
2. are you water cooling these. If water cooling reference cards have more compatable blocks versus non reference pcb.
3. sli with these are nice all you need is any 560ti with the same ram amount and the same cores there are now 448 version on the market.
you can find other company's that use reference pcb's evga tends do stick to em
I myself have a evga with a msi twin frozer II i sli and have no issues with the cards
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1. best buy is overpriced so if you get them try another place. frys/micro center
2. are you water cooling these. If water cooling reference cards have more compatable blocks versus non reference pcb.
3. sli with these are nice all you need is any 560ti with the same ram amount and the same cores there are now 448 version on the market.
you can find other company's that use reference pcb's evga tends do stick to em
I myself have a evga with a msi twin frozer II i sli and have no issues with the cards

Right, I mentioned in my post that price is irrelevant due to employee discount. Good to know about SLI, assumed they needed to identical cards. Unsure about watercooling. Definitely not going to be doing it immediately, but I am interested. Considering these two cards are the same price in my situation, I'm not sure which option is best. From the reviews I've read, seems like the ASUS has the better stock cooling, and OCs pretty well for already having a factory OC.
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post #4 of 24
Asus card would be better cooling compared to the reference cooling solution Nvidia has installed onto it.
Honestly you are planing on going sli correct if so save your self some trouble and get a gtx 580 yes 560ti sli can beat the 580 but not all the time since sli has scaling issues in some games and 2 of these will be about the same price. either way you will not be let down. I love my system.
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post #5 of 24
My self got evga sli which pretty cool cuz I got life time warranty.
But my brother got single msi twin frozer II which has been 2 years now and no problem at all. I wont notice much which is faster or better so I dont really care
Here is my experience ,When you buy the card,
1) you need to know how fast and what game you play so pick the card right.
2) consider about price and warranty. If bestbuy got lower price, you should go with it. I consider alot about warranty since it is my first build. Have no idea how long it will last
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what cpu you gonna run with it?
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If I could afford to go with a 580 all at once I wouldn't even be asking these questions haha I appreciate the advice everybody. Right now, I think I'll go with the ASUS. If anybody has either of these cards I would still like to hear from them, as I am still about a week away from ordering. Thanks again everyone!

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seems to be a solid build so far get a good psu now to prepare for the sli in the future i went with a non-modular and regret it so yeah get a modular no need for all of that excess clutter to be hidden under a drive bay .
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If I could afford to go with a 580 all at once I wouldn't even be asking these questions haha I appreciate the advice everybody. Right now, I think I'll go with the ASUS. If anybody has either of these cards I would still like to hear from them, as I am still about a week away from ordering. Thanks again everyone!
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if you are thinking 580 i would hold off and get a 7970. If you can wait go for a 7950, will be worth it. Or get get the 7970 when it drops in a few days. Will overclock to gtx590 speeds, Its a real monster of a card.
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seems to be a solid build so far get a good psu now to prepare for the sli in the future i went with a non-modular and regret it so yeah get a modular no need for all of that excess clutter to be hidden under a drive bay .

I forgot to mention that when I was describing the build, I do have a 750W PSU, non-modular though. I feel the same as you, totally regret it. I've underestimated how frustrating cable management can be.
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