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Hello everyone, in the summer im building my own pc.

My main consern is the video card :s

I will just do 1 screen gaming @1080p, nothing bigger.
My main consern is to get a budget video card that will last like 2 years with no upgrade running at medium-max settings with solid fps (WILL BE OC'ing the card)


Should I get a GTX 480 and mod it with the Antec Kuhler 620, and overclock it like hell?
Or shold I get the new HD7850 (plz refer to the post number 11 : )


Plz help me decide.
If I get the HD7850 I will stick with the reference design.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 39
The 480 at $210 is an excellent deal, especially if you plan to do the Kuhler mod.
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Yes I am planning to do it, but its 2 year old tech, im kind of afraid.
I will not be able to SLI at that moment, i will only have 1 video card.

And most ppl say that atm we need at least 2gb of VRAM and this card only had 1.5gb
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Originally Posted by Tabinhu View Post

Yes I am planning to do it, but its 2 year old tech, im kind of afraid.
I will not be able to SLI at that moment, i will only have 1 video card.
And most ppl say that atm we need at least 2gb of VRAM and this card only had 1.5gb

At 1080p 1.5gb is fine.

All the vram hype is overrated. It is only a concern if you are going crazy with the AA.

A single gtx 480 will run BF3 maxed with MSAA turned off and FXAA on.
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You'll be fine with 1.5gb @ 1080p.

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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

How many years should this card last with this mod and overclocking?
I will not upgrade in like 2 years I bet, because this will be my first build.

My old PC is a P4 with 2gb ram and a HD3850 xD
post #7 of 39
GTX 480's run hot, because of this "The Mod" is a great idea for this card. It runs just a tad faster than the GTX570, so you should be fine for performance for some time.

As for the VRAM: true, I'd say that 2GB is great, but not necessary. I max out 2GB on my 7870 when playing BF3 at 1080p, but you should be fine with 1.5GB, as for most games this is more than enough for the res you will be using.
 
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post #8 of 39
From a price standpoint get the GTX 480 for sure. It will work perfectly fine for one 1080 monitor.
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Thanks for all this replies!

New questions I came upon:
-Since the new IB looks a fail OC'er should I just stick with the 2500k or get the 3570k?
-Should I bother getting a Z77 or stay Z68?
-Recommend me a good motherboard, not to expensive with space for 1-2 video cards, and a audio card.

Thanks again.
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Which will be the case and psu?
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