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Okay, so I'm kind of wanting a new graphics card. I don't desperately need it, but I've been in a shopping mood lately and have the money. Still, I don't like spending more money than I need to and therefore have set a 240 dollar MAXIMUM limit and would love to spend less.

I am currently using an ATI 4870. I would like to upgrade to a significantly faster card. So if the cards I bring up are not significantly faster, let me know and I'll just wait. If you have other opinions on graphics cards I have not mentioned that fit in my price range please bring them up.

I'm looking at the ATI Radeon 6850/70 and the GTX 465/70.

MSI N465GTX TWIN FROZRII GTX 465 - For 195 (or perhaps some other kind for some price near this, hopefully cheaper).

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 - 235 (hopefully cheaper if you can find it).

DIAMOND ATI RADEON HD6870 1GB - 220 (or cheaper if you can find it)

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6850 HD 6850 1GB - 180 (or cheaper if you can find it).

So basically I'm wanting to know:
1)How do these compare to my current card.
2)How do these compare to each other? How much better are they compared to the other?
3)What's the best value?
4)What card should I buy and why?

Here's a few facts that you might want to know:
I only use 1920x1080 resolution on a single monitor and rarely use my other monitor which is 1280x1024 resolution. So none of this eye-finite hoopla.

My Power supply is 750w or something. I'd rather not upgrade it.

The games I play are typically demanding of my graphics card. I want the most power out of the card, but I'm not trying to spend a lot of money. In fact the less money I spend the better, but if the performance is really noteworthy over another card I'll spend the extra for that extra performance. I'm talking 5+ FPS difference.

Okay, I think I posted everything I needed to. If you have another suggestion that you think would fit my needs/wants better please contribute. I'm not looking to get a 4870x2 though. I'd like to move to DX11 if I can. I'm not sure what DX11 does for me really, but I'd rather not invest in old technology even if it'll provide me better performance. (silly perhaps, I know, but I don't like having to keep buying things for my computer! D:!@this being OCN too, what a sin!)

:edit:

If for some astronomical reason the performance of cards in a higher price range are HUGELY better, let me know. For instance, if the 470 is good, but the 570 is 2 TIMES BETTER for only 100 dollars more, then let me know. I WON'T BUY IT FOR 370, but I will wait for the price to drop so I can get that.

Feel free to post links that will save me monies >
Edited by Simca - 1/21/11 at 7:44am
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I would cross the 465 off that list for sure. The 460 is cheaper, runs cooler, uses less power, makes less noise, and has only slightly worse performance. When overclocked it should be able to beat a 465 easily, and trade blows with a stock 470.
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From a 4870 I would get either a GTX 470 or HD 6870. Go 6870 is you have concern of power and heat, but the GTX 470 gives you Physx and Cuda support.
Either of these cards will give you double the performance in games and DX11.

Or:
GTX 560 is due to be out in a few days or so. Wait for this card to be released, should fall into the $240 area USD.

None of the 500 series are 2x better than the 400 series from Nvidia. Just a little better performance, better heat management, and little better power management.

My opinion would be to wait for the GTX560 and look at reviews and pick something in February since it is so close.

Last option for super savings it to buy a eVGA GTX 465 SC and flash it to GTX 470 SC (some risk!)
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Ok, if the second display is is use at the same time as your primary, then expect a lot of the current crop of cards to complain. ATi cards tend to flicker a lot, and Nvidia cards get hot running displays at different resolutions. If you just swap them over, then no problem.

I'd go for the 460, 470, 560 or 570 as my preferred cards, but I happen to like Nvidia kit a lot. The 560 is definitely looking like taking the sweet spot crown from the 460 right now, and it's definitely the card I'd be waiting for if I were in the market for a new GPU.
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