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Needs to suit this rig:


Budget up to $300 or so. More about optimising the setup than keeping to a strict budget but it has to be reasonable.



Have been looking at the GTX 460s, of which I think the Hawk is the pick of the bunch, but I was just browsing around and stumbled on the PowerColor Radeon HD6870 1GB for a similar price which seems to have all-round better numbers.

Which one of these will be my better option on the listed system? Built with 1920x1080 gaming in mind, will most certainly be OC'd and will probably have another card added in future.


This and the RAM are the last pieces in the puzzle, then I'm ready to order all my parts.

Thanks for your help!
Sam
Edited by savage1987 - 1/5/11 at 11:01am
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I would go with a GTX460/465/470 personally. NVidia GPUs allow you to fold alot better than ATi gpus. If you are into that anyway.
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post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by savage1987 View Post
Needs to suit this rig:


Budget up to $300 or so. More about optimising the setup than keeping to a strict budget but it has to be reasonable.



Have been looking at the GTX 460s, of which I think the Hawk is the pick of the bunch, but I was just browsing around and stumbled on the PowerColor Radeon HD6870 1GB for a similar price which seems to have all-round better numbers.

Which one of these will be my better option on the listed system? Built with 1920x1080 gaming in mind, will most certainly be OC'd and will probably have another card added in future.


This and the RAM are the last pieces in the puzzle, then I'm ready to order all my parts.

Thanks for your help!
Sam
AMD 6950 unlocked to 6970, get the top of the range product for $300 , make sure you do it soon because i think AMD is fixing the unlocking error
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I would go with a GTX460/465/470 personally. NVidia GPUs allow you to fold alot better than ATi gpus. If you are into that anyway.
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post #5 of 19
Well if you can await rebates you really can't beat this deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=evga%20465

154.99 each after rebate. 650w power supply will be able to handle them in SLI.

If not its still a great deal by itself.
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AMD 6950 unlocked to 6970, get the top of the range product for $300 , make sure you do it soon because i think AMD is fixing the unlocking error
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=16313

not over here it isn't


Thanks guys, so the GTX 460 Hawk is not a bad buy for the system? I was worried I was way off the money. I know it's not the world's best system but what I want is something that'll be strong enough from the get-go and allow me to upgrade bits until I have eventually pretty much purely optimised the motherboard and then just OC to highest stable and keep it running for as long as I can


If anyone has any suggestions on RAM feel free to throw them in. I'm pretty much set on black dragon stuff (will fit under the noctua cooler and as a bonus it'll look good in the case) but don't know how much to get or what speeds to look for .. I'm a little clueless with that stuff.
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Gtx 560/570
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lampen View Post
Well if you can await rebates you really can't beat this deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=evga%20465

154.99 each after rebate. 650w power supply will be able to handle them in SLI.

If not its still a great deal by itself.
Unfortunately it is impractical for me to shop at newegg, being in Australia. http://www.pccasegear.com and http://www.ple.com.au/ are fairly good judges of price over here.


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Gtx 560/570
The 570 are still $400++ over here.. a little out of range
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post #9 of 19
I've done some digging....

EVGA GeForce GTX 465 Superclocked for $154 after MIR. You can buy 2 of this and go SLI. And it's inside your $300 budget.

Or if you don't wanna go SLI....

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6950 2GB for $299.

or the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked for $264

or the MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470, it's the same price as the one above, but this comes with an aftermarket cooler.
    
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post #10 of 19
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Unfortunately it is impractical for me to shop at newegg, being in Australia. http://www.pccasegear.com and http://www.ple.com.au/ are fairly good judges of price over here.
Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5770 Ultra Durable 1GB. 2 of these? These are very good on crossfire.

or this

XFX HD6870 BLACK
    
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