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Best GTX 570? I'm looking into doing a lot of encoding and video editing while maxing out BF3 on the side. Should I be more concerned about the clock speed or the RAM? Either way it has to be under $400. I was leaning on the Twin Frozer III or the EVGA Classified version if I could find one.

What is the best for my needs and why?

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Both of those are great cards, and the prices should drop sooner or later depending on how soon the new generation fully makes its appearance (and how well they perform). I have heard great things about the Twin Frozr III design and it's much cooler than stock cards overclocked even higher than itself.

My friend has a Classified edition 580 and I can say it's a beast as well. Whichever one you prefer, I say. Try not to buy a non-reference design if you're ever thinking about water cooling.

Watch out though, Twin Frozr card actually take up a little more space because their fan blades actually stick out past the heat shroud a little bit.
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Were the 012-P3-1578-AR GTX570 Classifieds a limited quantity release? I can't find them anywhere!
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You may be correct, I can't find it on newegg or NCIX. Weird! If you can't find the classified, though, the twin frozr series is just as great. Some ups and some downs.
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Well if I plan for a waterblock, which should I get? I'm still not sure if RAM or clockspeeds are more important for me right now.
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post #6 of 16
MSI TwinFrozr for cooling.

EVGA for warranty.

I prefer EVGA.
post #7 of 16
If you were planning for some sort of self-assembled cooling solution (aftermarket air cooling or a water cooling solution) I would think that you should get a reference design card. No point in getting a nice air cooler if you were going to get water cooling, right? I'm unsure if getting a factory-overclocked edition would be helpful, because each GPU is different. Some can get higher themselves, some can't. It depends.
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The TF3 is the best GTX 570!
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I guess I should rephrase, best I can put a waterblock on down the road.
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post #10 of 16
Get a reference design (maybe superclocked or something) if you're planning on a waterblock. It's usually easier to take apart/ mod a reference card, because non-reference PCB's might not support your waterblock, whatever it may be. You may want to check out the hydro copper if you want a water block right now. you may pay a little extra but you save time and you dont run the risk of screwing up your card.
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