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Hi, i have (at the moment) a Sapphire 4870 that i have had for about a year now, I am looking to upgrade to something new but i cant decide on what Graphics cad to go for.

I dont have a set budget per se but £200 ($310) seems a reasonable starting point, however i dont mind stretching this for a card with better "bang for the buck"


I am leaning more towards Nvivia cards as they have Cuda and Physx.


So, whats the best deal to be had for a decent upgrade.

Games i play;

Dirt 2
COD BO
COD MW2
BC2
DOW2
Just Cause 2

(on a side note, some games that are sponsored by nvidia like JC2 say "Nvidia, the way it's meant to be played", does this mean anything as i feel that i am missing out with my 4870)

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Looks like the new gtx 570 is right up your alley,although a bit of a stretch money wise.
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+1 for 6870, can pick one up for £170, will be a nice upgrade
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Looks like the new gtx 570 is right up your alley,although a bit of a stretch money wise.
As i say i dont mind stretching the price for a better value card

The GTX 570 is about £290 whereas i have found a 6950 for £225 and a 6970 for about the same as the 570

are the extra Cuda and Physx features worth the price over the 6950?
also i have just found out that just cause 2 has features than are only enabled with nvidia cards?


Is there a large performance difference between the 470 and 570 ? and is it worth the price difference ?
Edited by Elis - 12/18/10 at 12:46pm
    
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As i say i dont mind stretching the price for a better value card

The GTX 570 is about £290 whereas i have found a 6950 for £225 and a 6970 for about the same as the 570

are the extra Cuda and Physx features worth the price over the 6950?
also i have just found out that just cause 2 has features than are only enabled with nvidia cards?


Is there a large performance difference between the 470 and 570 ? and is it worth the price difference ?
There is a large difference between the GTX470 and the GTX570... it's about 30% faster, runs cooler, and has more overclocking potential.

The HD6000 series is a disappointment in the high-end area, though the HD6850 is a great value if you want a mid-end card.
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so, would you say the GTX 580 has a better price/performance ratio than the GTX 480 ot the 5950?

Does the 2GB offered br the 5850 give it an advantage over the gtx480/580
    
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so, would you say the GTX 580 has a better price/performance ratio than the GTX 480 ot the 5950?

Does the 2GB offered br the 5850 give it an advantage over the gtx480/580
The 580 is far better than the 480. As for the 5950, I don't believe those exist. lol The 5970 is simply 2x underclocked 5870's in Crossfire. They actually fall short of 2x 5870's.

The 5850 isn't even comparable to the 580/480. The 2GB will help you in things such an Eyefinity where you use 2 or more Monitors on the same system. It's definitely not worth the extra $.

Top end, I would go with the 580 without a doubt. If you want to go Mid-High End, then the 6870/6850 are excellent buys.
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okay, after looking at prices i have decided upon a GTx 470 or GTx 570 as the 480 is £100 more than the 470

So would i notice the difference between the GTX 470 and GTX 570 on a single monitor ?

at the moment i can play bad company 2 at max except the AA is at X4 (DX10) could a GTX 470 play it at DX11 with the maximum 8X AA ?

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so, would you say the GTX 580 has a better price/performance ratio than the GTX 480 ot the 5950?

Does the 2GB offered br the 5850 give it an advantage over the gtx480/580
the best price/performance ratio imo is the 570 (for a single card of course- if you want 2 cards then go 6850 xfire without a doubt). i personally prefer single cards, so i bought the evga 570. it's an amazing performer with (relative to nvidia) cool&quiet running and so nice headroom for OC.

regarding the 2gb question, currently most games don't need 2gb (read somewhere that GTA uses up all 2gb in max settings and draw-distance), and prob by the time they do, ati's 2gb cards (6950/6970) will be out-dated. but no one can know for sure.

tho if you're thinking of stretching your budget as far as 580, then by all means go for that, it's hands-down the best single gpu out right now.

all in all if you're looking for best value out of a single card i would def go for the 570. those were my considerations and that's what i did.
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High end 5870 may hit that budget dead on
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