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I have not ever played games on my rig, but I would like to try Dirt, BF3 or WOW on my rig below.
As you can see I have 3 bussiness class cards at the moment

I have been shopping and have come up with what i belive would be starter cards, here is my list, any and all suggestions would be welcome!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001402%2040000048&IsNodeId=1&page=4&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=48%7C14%2D130%2D625%5E14%2D130%2D625%2DTS%2C14%2D130%2D604%5E14%2D130%2D604%2DTS%2C14%2D130%2D664%5E14%2D130%2D664%2DTS%2C14%2D130%2D759%5E14%2D130%2D759%2DTS%2C14%2D130%2D649%5E14%2D130%2D649%2DTS
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the 480 is definitely the most powerful card in the bunch, it is a hot power hungry beast though.

My personal choice would be the 560ti. they are very good out of the box and overclock extremely well. I wouldn't go for the 550ti, it will run anything you want it to but you might want a little more power than that for BF3.

what resolution is the screen you want to play on?
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GTX480 or GTX560Ti

The GTX480 is less efficient, but a bit more powerful. It'll be louder, and hotter.

The GTX560Ti is newer, and more efficient. The fan on the EVGA 560Ti isn't bad, but I traded mine in for a MSI GTX560Ti Twin Frozr and it was the best choice I've ever made. The extra $30 for the MSI cooler was worth it.


I'd personally get the 560Ti.


Well, actually, I'd personally double my budget and get the new GTX680, but I already know I like gaming.
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I have a 1680x 1050 and a 1920x1080
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post #5 of 27
If noise and high temps arent an issue get the GTX 480, otherwise the 560Ti should do quite well.
As RockThePylon said the 560ti with the Twin frozr cooler is pretty awesome.
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ok those two top cards should game fine on those resolutions. I wouldn't expect to play bf3 on ultra, but it should kick out good frames on high. I reference that game because it is by far the most taxing on the card. Dirt and WoW you should be able to max out (I'm pretty sure) with those two top cards on those resolutions.

Like everyone is saying, the 480 is hotter and louder, but more powerful. I would expect if you overclock the 560ti a decent amount, it wouldn't be far behind it power wise though.
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This may be off the topic. In your price range, AMD 6850 is the best choice. biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 27
If you can wait a week or two, nvidia should have something out that is more mid ranged. Do you have a budget? BF3 would challenge both the 480 and the 560ti (though the game would run fairly well on good settings).
    
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It might be better but some people have a hell of a time dealing with the red team's driver issues. I cant say because I've never used them. I'm not too keen on how they relate to nvidia cards which I know pretty well. thumb.gif
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post #10 of 27
If your gaming career just begins, the GTX560Ti is the better one, as a starter card, of the five listed.

First, I am assuming you are going to remove the 3 'business class' cards out of the P6T and will install one starter card (at least for the time being).

The GTX560Ti vs GTX480 has been covered above and I would like to bring up one more point of consideration.

Choosing the GTX560Ti might have a better upgrade path, thermally speaking. As your motherboard is the Asus P6T with its two PCIEx16 slots (blue ones) having only 1 slot in between, if it turns out that you really like gaming with your current rig and decide to upgrade the graphics power by doing SLI, two GTX480s sitting next to each other without an empty slot in between means: hot and loud. To this regard, I would much rather prefer having two GTX560Ti back to back. They will not run very cool (relatively speaking, of course) but they will definitely run cooler than two GTX480s.
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