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I am indecisive about the GPU(s) for my New Rig and I need some help. I ordered the 6850 already, but am thinking about RMA'ing it when it gets here.

Basically, here are the options I am considering:

Keep the 6850 and Crossfire it later for around $350 total.

Buy a 460 and SLI it later for around $350-$370 total.

Wait for the 560 to come out on the 25th, buy one for ~ $250 or so and save up to SLI in a few months for around $500 total.

From what I have read, the 560 should be around 10-15% faster (correct me if this is wrong) than the 470/6870. That means in SLI (especially if it scales as well as the 460/470 and 6850/6870) that it will be incredible.

What would be my best option and did I miss anything that I should consider? Thank You for your help!

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I was in the exact same position as what you're in now. I finally decided to go with the GTX 460 (Mainly because i have been using an 8600GT for the past 2 years). BUT, I had bought the EVGA version that only cost me £137 (around $210) so if the 560's come out in a couple of weeks, i have the option to step up only paying the difference.

What im trying to say really is if you want you could try the GTX 460's (EVGA) and if you don't like them that much you can easily use the Step up program to upgrade to the 560's.. smile.gif

That way you can decide later on after the benchmarks have been released for the 560's to see if its a decent upgrade.

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Keep the 6850 and crossfire it later, why spend more money for a few FPS here or there.

Honestly, unless you fold or like to change hardware all the time the difference in "real" applications will be unnoticeable (ie. anything over 60FPS is just for the e-peen, any more FPS than your screens refresh rate won't even be rendered on the screen).
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I've read from early users of the 560, they were getting 21,000 Vantage points. A well OC'd 460 can yield 18,000.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmfish;11965712 
I've read from early users of the 560, they were getting 21,000 Vantage points. A well OC'd 460 can yield 18,000.

So, are you suggesting the 560 is or isn't worth it? lol 3,000 score is a pretty significant difference and that is not even taking into account the overclock ability of the 560 since it is comparing a stock 560 to a maxed out 460.
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I image that the 560 will compete with the 6950, maybe a little worse.
Probably 6870<560<6950 but im just speculating.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Melee;11965751 
So, are you suggesting the 560 is or isn't worth it? lol 3,000 score is a pretty significant difference and that is not even taking into account the overclock ability of the 560 since it is comparing a stock 560 to a maxed out 460.

That's up to you, if it's worth it or not.

I think that was a reference speeds on the 560. I didn't get the actual link, someone on another forum just posted results, with a limited description.


If they're $250 for a 560, I'd probably go that route.
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Originally Posted by Brenslick;11965773 
I image that the 560 will compete with the 6950, maybe a little worse.
Probably 6870<560<6950 but im just speculating.


You're probably right, too. smile.gif
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post #9 of 14
I suggest to wait unless you cannot.

If the 560 does come out at US$250, then I suggest it.
1GB version of 6950 is appearing at European online stores for pre-ordering, at about 10% cheaper than 2GB version. So, it should be around US$270? This should do nice battle with the 560.
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SLI GTS 450's = GTX560.
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