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i am going to recommend a gtx 480. it is basically a more power-hungry, gtx 570 with slightly more vram at less cost. newegg has them for $240 shipped right now and it stacks up well compared to the 7850. if your friend's case has decent cooling, then this card will run well for him. my dad bought one of these for his rig and he loves it. overclocks to 800mhz on stock voltage easily.
this comparison uses the gtx 570 instead of a gtx 480, but you get the point: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518
570 vs. 480: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/309?vs=306
newegg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

I respectfully disagree.

While the 570 uses ~75watts more than the 7850 under load, the 480 uses ~110+watts MORE under load.

The OP can decide for himself, but in my book a 85% increase in power consumption is not worth a 5-8% performance increase.

Not to mention youll make the $20 more you spent on the 7850 back in your power bill in a few months.
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i am going to recommend a gtx 480. it is basically a more power-hungry, gtx 570 with slightly more vram at less cost. newegg has them for $240 shipped right now and it stacks up well compared to the 7850. if your friend's case has decent cooling, then this card will run well for him. my dad bought one of these for his rig and he loves it. overclocks to 800mhz on stock voltage easily.
this comparison uses the gtx 570 instead of a gtx 480, but you get the point: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518
570 vs. 480: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/309?vs=306
newegg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

I respectfully disagree.

While the 570 uses ~75watts more than the 7850 under load, the 480 uses ~110+watts MORE under load.

The OP can decide for himself, but in my book a 85% increase in power consumption is not worth a 5-8% performance increase.

Not to mention youll make the $20 more you spent on the 7850 back in your power bill in a few months.
I was going to get a 480 but everyone here said that they were loud, ran warm and used a lot of power. Definitely get a 7850, they run as well as a 6950 did but cost less.
post #13 of 18
just built a new rig for my buddy, bought the gtx 480 for 210$ off newegg... while it was a good deal and all, i wish we had gone with a 7850 but being a typical blind fanboy, he had to have nvidia.

turns out that indeed, as everyone has said, its a loud, hot, and power hungry beast.

hes happy with it though, playing most of his games maxed, and in the end that's all that matters.
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7850 or a GTX 480. Do not get a GTX 570, they are a terrible buy and looses a large amount of their value once used. If you are buying used, do not hesitate to get a used 570. thumb.gif
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The GTX 400 series was loud and hot and power hungry. Just get the 7850, great card.
    
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i am going to recommend a gtx 480. it is basically a more power-hungry, gtx 570 with slightly more vram at less cost. newegg has them for $240 shipped right now and it stacks up well compared to the 7850. if your friend's case has decent cooling, then this card will run well for him. my dad bought one of these for his rig and he loves it. overclocks to 800mhz on stock voltage easily.
this comparison uses the gtx 570 instead of a gtx 480, but you get the point: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518
570 vs. 480: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/309?vs=306
newegg link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

I respectfully disagree.

While the 570 uses ~75watts more than the 7850 under load, the 480 uses ~110+watts MORE under load.

The OP can decide for himself, but in my book a 85% increase in power consumption is not worth a 5-8% performance increase.

Not to mention youll make the $20 more you spent on the 7850 back in your power bill in a few months.

this. why would you buy a hot, power hungry monster when you can have another card, only the smallest bit slower, but smaller quiter and less power hungry?
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The GTX 400 series was loud and hot and power hungry. Just get the 7850, great card.

what was the 460 GTX a 500s one? rolleyes.gif
post #18 of 18
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this. why would you buy a hot, power hungry monster when you can have another card, only the smallest bit slower, but smaller quiter and less power hungry?
A 570 is overpriced and a 480 or 7850 a much better buy. I would not purchase another 570. I had two in SLI, while they worked great, I could have gotten a much better bang for my buck.
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