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Hello, all,

My ancient GTX285 finally died on me. I haven't following the latest GPU trend so I seek your advise. A quick look at neweggs website tells me that GTX570 (of any variation?) appears to be a good candidate and the price is reasonable. Do you think it's a good choice? I think it has the same dimension as my now dead GTX285 (10.5 in in length) so I think it's just plug-and-play as well?

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Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 18
A 570 would probably work out well, but I wouldn't buy a new one now unless you already had one to SLI with. Second hand you should be able to get one for a good price that would make it worth doing. What resolution are you at though, and do you plan surround or a 1440p or higher monitor at any point soon? If so, I'd aim for a bit more VRAM, but 1.25GB should be fine if you're at 1080p and don't plan a change of monitor.

If you want new, how about a 660ti, or is that out of budget?
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Originally Posted by BorisTheSpider View Post

A 570 would probably work out well, but I wouldn't buy a new one now unless you already had one to SLI with. Second hand you should be able to get one for a good price that would make it worth doing. What resolution are you at though, and do you plan surround or a 1440p or higher monitor at any point soon? If so, I'd aim for a bit more VRAM, but 1.25GB should be fine if you're at 1080p and don't plan a change of monitor.
If you want new, how about a 660ti, or is that out of budget?

I Say a 660 for about $230-$250 right now is the best value, get a MSI Hawk or EVGA Overclocked edition . it beats 5** series card hands down while being more power efficient. 660Ti don't offer a significant improvement in performance imo to justify the extra price. At 1440p both 660 and 660Ti would be limited by their memeory bandwith.




Edited by sherlock - 11/10/12 at 8:20am
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post #4 of 18
here is an input from Toms on that price range
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-5.html

in my opinion you are well served with a 570, i think the gigabyte Twin Frozr II versions are good.
    
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post #5 of 18
GTX 570 is a poor choice. If you can spend 300 bucks get the GTX 660 Ti.
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post #6 of 18
Why not just get a GTX 580. A SC one from EVGA, a Lighting from MSI, or a Zotac AMP. All under $300, and when OC a bit can beat a 660 Ti. Plus higher Bandwidth Bus for Higher Rez and AA.

The ONLY cost effective upgrade from a 580 is a GTX 670-680 OR HD 7750-7950. But there $400+. Oh heck, just wait for GTX 7xx and HD 8xxx.
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post #7 of 18
Look for a GTX 660Ti or a used GTX 670.
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Another vote here for a 660 or 660 ti.
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i second the GTX 580 idea. to save a bit more im sure you could get a used one here or on ebay.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by navynuke499 View Post

i second the GTX 580 idea. to save a bit more im sure you could get a used one here or on ebay.

I second your second lol

I got a Gently Used, Never OC GTX 580 SC 1.5GB off eBay for $200 +$10 S/H and it can do 990/1980/2150 at 1.175V under 74C. That would eat a 660Ti and trade blows with a 670-680. thumb.gif

*DISCLAIMER* Not all GTX 580's can do 990+, you have to get lucky. But if you go by my 3 Suggestions and get a NEW/USED Factory OC 580, i don't see why you can't go 900Mhz+.

And all this for under $300 maybe even under $250. biggrin.gif
 
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