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Been thinking about upgrading my sig rig, but I'm not sure what to get. Looking for the best bang for my buck. Sub $150.

Should I get a different card completely? If so, suggestions? Or should I get another 450 and SLI?
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Originally Posted by NeighborhoodGeek View Post

Been thinking about upgrading my sig rig, but I'm not sure what to get. Looking for the best bang for my buck. Sub $150.
Should I get a different card completely? If so, suggestions? Or should I get another 450 and SLI?

If I were you I would try to buy a 570 factory OCed version

worst case scenario 560 TI

You would be better of buying one of those cards instead of 450 SLI

just my 2 cents.
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any video card with a 256-bit bus would be an improvement
 
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If I were you I would try to buy a 570 factory OCed version
worst case scenario 560 TI
You would be better of buying one of those cards instead of 450 SLI
just my 2 cents.

Got a link to a comparison of those cards and mine?

I'm open to ATi cards, too.
post #5 of 24
700

450 SLI (stock) is equal to 470 in performance as you can see

560 TI will perform better than 470

570 factory OCed editions will perform even better than 560 TI

Edit : Ati cards can perform a bit better at the same price but I am an NVIDIA lover by heart so I dont know much about ATI.

Nvidia always has better compatibility.
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So a 570, or a 560 Ti... Any other suggestions for the sub $150 range? Used is also alright.
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used 470..or.new 6850-70 ..or new gtx 460
 
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560 TI will perform better than 470

Hardly if any... they are about the same.
Not to mention GTX 470 overclock much higher than the 560 Ti.
But in the same time 470 consumes more power & runs hotter.
If the OP finds cheap GTX 470/560 Ti he won't regret them over a GTS 450.
On stock settings the 470 is not too loud. Unless you overclock it. Sure it will run hot in the 90s but those temps are safe for that card. I own the card for 2 years now & sometimes I fold for days and keep the card at its Auto-Fan settings which allows it to operate at 90-93 C without breaking a sweat.
So If you find a cheaper 470 vs. a 560 Ti then get the 470. but if the 470 is about the same price or higher get the 560 Ti.
GTX 460 is nice too. At 850 MHz GTX 460 will perform like a stock GTX 470 and will be about 2x faster than the GTS 450.
Also I am against the advice of SLIing two low-end cards. It will give you more problems than whats it's worth.
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None of those are in your price range new. I have same price range and am looking at a 6850. Maybe a used 6870.
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So a 570, or a 560 Ti... Any other suggestions for the sub $150 range? Used is also alright.

$150 won't get you either of those cards. People are suggesting them without reading your post correctly.

If you don't mind used cards, you might able to sell your GTS 450 and get a used GTX 560 ti for around $175-200. GTX 570 you won't find any used ones less than $250.

If you don't mind using ATI there are many choices even new you can look into the HD 6870.

This one is within your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

If you are a Nvidia lover then maybe consider the GTX 560, it performs pretty much the same as the 6870.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500225
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