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Ive been lurking newegg for quite a while and now I'm ready to finnaly upgrade. At 1st my choice was absolutely an ATI, but right now I'm on each sides: when it comes with ATI cards, the drivers bug me quite a lot since it is said they are pretty buguy; and NVIDIA the fact that I can't SLI them on my board and they runs quite too hot for my taste. So now I need your feedback. Also there is this card I'm looking forward ATM, if I can find a bench including it:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-883-_-Product

I also want to stay on a single card setup for a year or two, and have it for around 3 years.

thanks to everyone who will help.
post #2 of 31
a 6950 is a much better deal IMO. Heres a sapphire 6950 for $300 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-914-_-Product
also, most 6950s can be unlocked into 6970s
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post #3 of 31
How about this

The 460's run a lot cooler than the 470
It might help if we knew what res. you are using and if gaming what kind?
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post #4 of 31
Wait for the GTX 560s.

They'll be ~250-$300 and w/384 CUDA Cores @ 820Mhz, it'll be about 15% faster than a GTX 470.
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I'm running at 1050p and play bad company 2, TF2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. serie and also plan to do some 3d rendering/modelling later. And for Nvidia I just precise again: Unless I hack the mobo, no SLI.
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i never understood what was wrong with ati drivers. they always worked fine with me. or maybe i haven't delved that deep into discovering everything on what it has to offer..
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1050? Don't you mean 1080 lol. Unless there's some new panel I've never heard of

I say GTX 470 or wait for the GTX 560 like others have stated.
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post #8 of 31
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1050? Don't you mean 1080 lol. Unless there's some new panel I've never heard of

I say GTX 470 or wait for the GTX 560 like others have stated.
I think he might have meant 1050p as in 1680x1050? Not sure, though. ^^
    
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post #9 of 31
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i never understood what was wrong with ati drivers. they always worked fine with me. or maybe i haven't delved that deep into discovering everything on what it has to offer..
well, by what I heard they are quite buggy when it comes with new cards, and with all the trouble I have these times I really don't want to rage on my comp aditionally.

on a side note:I play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fully modded so it can really eat decent cards: my friend toasted his 5850 while playing it


And for the ninja on me: yea it's 1680x1050.
post #10 of 31
HD 6950's are good bang for buck.

I've been using ATI cards for a couple of years and have had no issues with drivers. Had a couple of buggy firmware problems around volt and fan management but they always fixed those.

I think the drivers in CF are a little more problematic but for waht its worth I was previously running Nvidia cards and they also experienced issues as well.

By the way the newer GTX 570/580 Series cards aren't at all like the 470/480 series with regards to heat. They have solved that problem.
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