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Hey guys,

I've been looking to upgrade my GPU again, I currently
have the gigabyte gtx 470 reference cooler @stock speeds,
and I was thinking of maybe getting another gtx 470 because
then I would basically have a gtx 670 but with more noise
and heat.

Then I read that 2 gtx 480's beat a single 680, so now I'm thinking
of getting 2 gtx 480's for about €250, instead of €400-€500 for 1 680..

My current specs:

i5-2500k@4.0GHz
Asus p8z68-V pro/gen3
8gb ddr3 corsair vengeance 1600MHz dual channel
Gigabyte gtx 470@stock
Cooler master M620 (I know I'll need to upgrade this to
atleast a 850 or 1000w PSU.)

What would you do?
Perhaps any other ideas?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 43
You can buy +1 GTX 470, If you find for a cheap price or sell yours and buy a GTX 670.
post #3 of 43
I would just get a 7950 for 7970. Cheaper, better performance. Fellow OCN memeber's benchmarks: http://www.overclock.net/t/1322119/12-11-vs-310-33

Edit: This is instead of the 680 or 670, you might just want to grab another 470 to hold off another year.
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post #4 of 43
I think it would depend on what res you game on and what games you're playing.

I'm thinking go with a 670 so you could SLI later on (much later on). Also the higher amount of Vram will help as the resolutions go higher and as you put more anti aliasing on.

480s also run hot! So it might be good to bypass that.

Also.. while i prefer nvidia myself, have you considered AMD? Much cheaper. you could get a 7970 for about the price of a 670.
post #5 of 43
Although GTX 480 SLI are powerful, they're going to be power hungry, hot, and loud. I doubt you would want anything like that in this day and age. Consider a Radeon HD 7970:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
Relatively comparable performance w/ the GTX 680 while being cheaper, and included 3 free games.
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post #6 of 43
I'll side with AMD and pick a 7950/7970. My 470 SLI setup is powerful and i can't complain about the performance, but drawing ~500w when OC'd is just insane, plus i had to watercool to keep it tame. Just sell your 470 for ~$150, then save the rest for a good 79xx card.
   
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post #7 of 43

If you went with two 480s, then all you'd need is a quality-made 750W power supply:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_480_3_way_sli_review,25.html

 

When they had two GTX 480s under full load in their system, their PSU pulled 702W from the wall outlet.  Their CPU was idling, so let's just add 150W which makes the PSU pulling about 852W from the wall outlet.  If the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 852W from the wall outlet, then that means the system's pulling about 724W from the PSU.

 

So all I'm saying is that if you decide to go with two 480s, then you won't have to spend that extra money on a PSU that has a much larger capacity than you actually need.

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post #8 of 43
Sell your GTX 470 for 125 bucks and get a HD 7950. Overclock it to 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz. With 12.11b drivers HD 7950 (1.15 Ghz) is faster than GTX 680 (1.25 Ghz) . here is a comment from psyside who has switched from GTX 680 to HD 7950.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1318674/tpu-amd-announces-never-settle-catalyst-12-11-driver-update/150#post_18428759

bruennis who has moved from GTX 680 Lightning to HD 7970 MATRIX Platinum (1320 Mhz) . he also has a Gigabyte HD 7950 (1280 Mhz) and comments that card is faster than the GTX 680 Lightning (1372 Mhz)

http://www.overclock.net/t/1323637/7950b-vs-gtx-670-ftw#post_18526185

HD 7950(1.15 Ghz) is more than 2x faster than a GTX 470. Massive upgrade. excellent price perf. the sapphire card for 280 bucks after rebate and the gigabyte hd 7950 are excellent options.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
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Thanks for the replies! smile.gif

I noticed you guys we're talking a lot about looking at the AMD cards instead of Nvidia, I just got 1 question, do the AMD cards support Stereoscopic 3D? (I got a 3D tv earlier this year and I use it at times to play games in 3D).
Also I play in 1920x1080, mostly BF3 but i've been playing some DCS a-10c warthog lately, nothing else really.

I don't think the power draw is going to be a big issue, cause I might be able to get a Cooler Master Silent Power 1000W (Gold rated) for about 100 euro (About 127 dollar).
and since I don't live in the US I can't buy from newegg I believe (I live in the Netherlands, Europe).

Noise won't be a problem to me, right now I ALWAYS run my GPU fan at 100% which is really loud, but since I wear a headset and don't hear the noise I don't care about that, the heat my be a problem though.

I'm not sure if I want to get in on the GPU overclocking though, I'm kind off a newbie at overclcking (My CPU is easy hehe, just type in a new multiplier and BAM.. you got yourself an overclock), but I don't know how that works with GPU's, and if I get a 7950, I read that you can flash/unlock those to a 7970, is this true?
If that is true, will that give you a better performance?

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Originally Posted by Sleazybigfoot View Post

Thanks for the replies! smile.gif
I noticed you guys we're talking a lot about looking at the AMD cards instead of Nvidia, I just got 1 question, do the AMD cards support Stereoscopic 3D? (I got a 3D tv earlier this year and I use it at times to play games in 3D). Also I play in 1920x1080, mostly BF3 but i've been playing some DCS a-10c warthog lately, nothing else really.

I'm not sure if I want to get in on the GPU overclocking though, I'm kind off a newbie at overclcking (My CPU is easy hehe, just type in a new multiplier and BAM.. you got yourself an overclock), but I don't know how that works with GPU's, and if I get a 7950, I read that you can flash/unlock those to a 7970, is this true? If that is true, will that give you a better performance?
Thanks for the replies!

AMD 's stereoscopic 3D solution is called HD3D. The 3D software is provided by TriDef. There is a list of certified TVs and monitors. check if your TV is in that list. AMD's solution is open but needs a bit of work.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/Pages/how-to.aspx

http://www.tridef.com/cart/pages.php?pageid=5
http://www.tridef.com/products/tv-licensed-products
http://www.tridef.com/products/pc-licensed-products

http://www.ddd.com/
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