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Poll Results: which gpu path should i take now and later?

 
  • 18% (12)
    gtx 460 and get another later in sli
  • 15% (10)
    gtx 470 now and upgrade later
  • 3% (2)
    6850 now and get another later in cf
  • 14% (9)
    6870 now and upgrade later
  • 48% (31)
    forget all those cards and get a 6950 and convert to 6970
64 Total Votes  
post #1 of 49
Thread Starter 
ok so long story short. my powercolor 5850 died 3 days after the 1 year warranty period and i am in need of a new card.
the 5850 was a great card as i was coming from a 8800gt setup performance was great.

however now my budget for a new card would be 275 and under...here is my dilemma. there are so many cards in the 200 to 275 range. it's actually a pretty competitive range now if you look at it.

so i am looking at the following.

gtx 460 1gb
gtx 470 1280mb
6850 1gb
6870 1gb

or

bite the bullet and buy a single 6950 and attempt to convert to 6970 and go over budget.

i got the 460 and 6850 in the list because their prices are nice and it would be nice to sli/cf later. the 470 price drops are quite attractive but is it wiser to get the 6870 instead? or just forget sli and cf altogether and screw the 470 vs 6870 power vs performance debate and just get a single 6950 and convert and break budget?

what do you all think?
btw i play bf:bc2 and sc2 and a bunch of other fps games if this helps for gaming comparison.

current best deals local to me are. (before rebates)

gtx 460 1gb:
EVGA - 209.00 - 01G-P3-1370-TR
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?mod...tail&id=453108

EVGA - 219.97 - 01G-P3-1371-AR
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...321&CatId=3669

gtx 470 1280mb:
EVGA - 259.97 - 012-P3-1470-AR
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...095&CatId=3669

6850 1gb:
XFX - 192.00 - HD-685X-ZNFC
http://www.cendirect.com/main_en/tec...0Y~OGD&rSrc=sb

XFX - 209.99 - HD-685X-ZNBC
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...X&promoid=1277

6870 1gb:
XFX - 219.99 - HD-687A-ZNFC
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...X&promoid=1277

6950 2gb:
XFX - 289.97 - HD-695A-CNFC
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...952&CatId=3669
Edited by infamouskid - 1/14/11 at 11:46pm
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post #2 of 49
Call up and beg for RMA?
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post #3 of 49
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Call up and beg for RMA?
tried that. those bastards wont budge.
tried 3 calls.
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post #4 of 49
First, I would contact Power Color and see if they will honor the slightly expired warranty. Its just good for business to honor 1 year warranties that are 3 days over, who knows, might work.

Quote:
tried that. those bastards wont budge.
tried 3 calls
Mkay, seen that after I posted. You should be done with them then.
post #5 of 49
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuckclc View Post
First, I would contact Power Color and see if they will honor the slightly expired warranty. Its just good for business to honor 1 year warranties that are 3 days over, who knows, might work.



Mkay, seen that after I posted. You should be done with them then.
man i tried that.
i got the "sorry sir but our warranty coverage is clear during registration"
i tried to reasonably ask and state my case for 20 minutes i even got a manager on the phone who said the same thing.
in the end i even ended up threatening to never buy their products again and they still won't budge.
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post #6 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Call up and beg for RMA?
Maybe if it was Asus or evga but not pwercolor. I'd take the 470 personally.


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post #7 of 49
I'd go for the 6870 or GTX 470, whichever you like.
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post #8 of 49
Bite the bullet and get an ASUS.

ASUS has the best damn warranty service out there IMHO, 3 years no matter who owns it because they go by the serial number. Plus every ASUS 6950 I've heard so far has unlocked successfully to a 6970, even my brothers did. I guarantee you'll be satisfied.

EDIT: Here's one with free shipping on Buy.com
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post #9 of 49
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@everyone
for what reasons are people listing 470 as a choice?
i know its a performing card but when i look at the fermi power consumption and heat it makes me scratch my head.

@rega
yeah that 6950 route is attractive.
but why asus? wouldn't xfx be a better route since the warranty is lifetime and their warranty even covers overclocking?
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post #10 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by infamouskid View Post
@everyone
for what reasons are people listing 470 as a choice?
i know its a performing card but when i look at the fermi power consumption and heat it makes me scratch my head.

@rega
yeah that 6950 route is attractive.
but why asus? wouldn't xfx be a better route since the warranty is lifetime and their warranty even covers overclocking?
Personally I think it has a good price/performance ratio (the GTX 470) If you look for used you can get them for $200 shipped -- just make sure the warranty is transferable or done by S/N's.
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