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Hello all,

I'm looking for some suggestions for a replacement for my 480. It's been a good card for the past 2-3 years. I noticed that on high/ultra settings on Bioshock Infinite that I was getting average FPS and some parts were choppy along with the 480 running pretty hot. Here are some of my requirements:

- Single monitor 1920 x 1080, may add another later on.
- Produce less heat than current GTX 480
- Must not consume more power than 480, not willing to up my PSU
- Performance boost from 480
- Non-reference open coolers (like a Windforce style) preferred. Watercooling not an option at the moment.

Budget: Looking to stay around $500. Will go a little higher if justified.


Thanks guys!

EDIT:

Types of games: Bioshock Infinite, Starcraft 2, Borderlands 2, Metro, and upcoming GTA.
Edited by InvalidUserID - 5/29/13 at 11:55am
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post #2 of 26
Look for a used GTX 680 since the GTX 780 is on the market. Also, 7970 HD is a good choice as well.
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HD7950/70 would be fine at that res, even if you add another monitor later. 750W is more than enough for your system with these cards.
green side, 680/70
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You got 750 watts you could buy two GTX 780 cards and still have enough power yet alone any single cards

I second a used GTX 680 if you can find one thats not overpriced
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same boat as you man, strange place to be as our 480s still perform quite well....they are just showing thier age so much.
ive been leaning towards the SLI 670 route, but it breaks your 500budget.
outside of that 680 unless you dont care about loosing nvidia specific features, then its a 7970.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. rep'd.

Looks like I'll start looking at 680s. How much less heat do these produce compared to my 480?
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post #7 of 26
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same boat as you man, strange place to be as our 480s still perform quite well....they are just showing thier age so much.
ive been leaning towards the SLI 670 route, but it breaks your 500budget.
outside of that 680 unless you dont care about loosing nvidia specific features, then its a 7970.

Exactly. Not like it won't play any games because it will but now that they are a few generations old, I think it's just time to look at an upgrade.

That and my heat tolerance must have gotten worse since the heat while gaming just warms up the apartment like a heater!
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. rep'd.

Looks like I'll start looking at 680s. How much less heat do these produce compared to my 480?

Night and day difference, even reference 680s are cool and quiet compared to 480s. Even compared to anything elso too.

Try and get yourself a 680 Lightning so you can have software voltage control and push that baby to 1350-1400-MHz.
    
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post #9 of 26
The GTX 770 should be released tomorrow or the next day, I'd take a look at that.

The only thing to watch out for is its TDP, as the 770's 230w isn't much better than the 480's 250w.
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Well i was running 1 480 oc 850 getting 83-86 with my 680 i dont see past 71 at 1240 oc
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