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Current GPU seems to be dying, what to replace it with?

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Currently I've got a Radeon HD 5830, and it seems to be dying and if it is I'll need a replacement (and if not well it's good to have backups! (which I currently don't otherwise this wouldn't be an issue)). I've been looking at this GTX 560 Ti (currently $180 (hooray sales!) with a $30 rebate available) but I want to know if this is perhaps the best choice/value (given also that I don't want to spend more than $200 if I can help it). Supposedly it's more powerful but that's only going off one synthetic benchmark that I was linked to, and I'm not really sure where to look for reliable information on this (well, other than here apparently).
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I understand that this is cutting it close to the $200 mark, but both a 7870 and 660 will beat up a 560TI and steal it's lunch money, and draw less power on top of it all.

HD 7870 ($194.99 after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010
GTX 660 ($194.99 after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

Not that the 560TI is a bad card. Certainly not at $150. The newest gen just has it beat the same way it happens every year.


A good place to check out benchmarks is generally review sites, looking for the most recently released GPU, as that will have the newest drivers at the time.

While the review itself is about the new card, that isn't what you're looking for. The Benchmarks pages should have numbers from all recent GPUs, at least in that price range, and give you an idea where things are in comparison to one another. After that, you go price hunting, and balance performance and what you're willing to spend.

In this case, the GTX 660 is the most recent card in this price range, and is a good enough place to start;

http://www.techspot.com/review/572-nvidia-geforce-gtx-660/page3.html
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family/4
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Twin_Frozr_III/6.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-6.html
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/EVGA-GeForce-GTX-660-SuperClocked-Video-Card-Review/1636/6
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/evga_geforce_gtx_660_sc_review,13.html
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/09/13/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-2gb-review/5

These are not all the review sites, not even close, but it's a good number of reliable ones. Don't forget to go the the next page, there's a lot of things they cover in each review.
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for less than 200 bucks the PCS+ HD 7850(1 Ghz) is a good option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131472

for a bit more you could grab a Gigabyte HD 7870(1.1 Ghz)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

both cards come with Farcry 3 and Hitman Absolution.
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