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Hello there, I currently have a Gigabyte GTX 260 OC (216sp) which runs alot of new stuff pretty well, but I feel as though it's time for something new.

I'm debating whether to go for a Radeon, as I can get the Asus Matrix 5870 2GB for NZD $399 (plus tax on all prices) or the 1GB Asus 5870 for $359 (it seems there's no significant performance difference).

Alternatively I could get a GTX 470 for $379 or an ASUS GTX 460 TOP DirectCU 1GB for $317

I've already considered the 460 upgrade and I don't think I'd notice a significant increase from a 260, so I've been leaning towards the 470 or the 5870. I know there's the 6 series to consider as well and the 500 series, but the cheapest GTX 570 is $529 so it's abit high...

Personally, I'm leaning towards the 2GB ASUS Matrix 5870 for $399 as it'd be "future proofed" for stuff that uses more than 1GB of video memory.

Would be interested in all opinions/suggestions though, I'm looking for the best value/performance within that general price range - and not necessarily overclocked either, I'm not a big overclocker and I've never had much luck with it (my current card pretty much said NOPE if I even went 10MHz over the stock OC)

Thanks!
Edited by jaredcool33 - 1/19/11 at 6:18pm
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Hey if you like your nvadia card I would stick with them. Just a personal preference but I like nvadia card a lot more than ati cards because from my expirence the drivers are better. And in addition having CUDA and physx, and the possibility of 3d is always nice. If your looking to spend around $400 I would recommend a 470.
    
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Yeah? The 470 definitely looks like a solid choice, I'm pretty much torn between that and the 5870 which I can get for slightly cheaper. It seems that there's no general consensus about which card is simply more powerful between those two, so hurrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I dunno
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Well at my country , the difference between GTX 470 and GTX 580 = ~ 50$ , so basicly nothing much

If I were you , I would buy GTX 570 In my opinion it's the best price / performance card for now

And also it's much much better than GTX 470 , although I think you don't need a new video-card because your is fine , but if you want to buy a new one , I recommend GTX 570
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post #5 of 12
heres a great deal on a 5870 if you can do it from newegg, after the promo code and rebate you are paying the same price as most 460s and are gonna get far greater performance

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102883

also this has always helped when when considering which card to go for, as on here the 5870s beat out the 470 by a small margin
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html
Edited by Magmo - 1/20/11 at 11:08am
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post #6 of 12
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Thanks for your input everyone, but I think I'm gonna hold out abit - and wait to see what the new GTX 560 is like. The gigabyte Super Overclock 560 sounds like itll be a beast - 1GHz Core clock!!!! Looks like that 5870 I had my eye on might just stay where it is...
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I'd go with the Geforce 560 Ti series that just recently got released:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-565-_-Product

I might be biased though because I've been drooling over the specs and price of these cards for the last three hours or so.
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The 6950 1GB do as well or even better than the GTX 560 Ti for the same price, so be on the lookout for that too.

Though if your budget is $300-$400, I suggest getting 2x GTX 460s or even better, 2x 6850s. Your PSU should be more than enough to handle two of them.
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I upgraded from a GTX 260 216sp to GTX 570. It doubled my framerates to say the least. If it's too expensive for your budget, you should definitely go for a GTX 560 Ti if you want/like nvidia.
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