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I'm looking to buy my first real high end video card and I've narrowed my search down to either a Diamond HD5870 (reference design) for $229 or Zotac GTX470 for $239, $199 after mir. I'm sure I can get something cheaper online but I'm limited to what Microcenter has to offer because I don't have a credit card.
I'm leaning towards the 5870 because it's faster but I'm having second thoughts. I have a 28" 1900x1200 monitor, right now I mostly play BFBC2, L4D2 and Civ5. Would the extra memmory on the GTX470 make a difference for me?
post #2 of 12
I would get the 5870 because its faster and that MIR isn't very reliable.

a GTX 460 would be more than enough for you though.

my 465 (which is the same speed as the 460 pretty much) handles all those games on my computer easily at 1920x1080
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The 5870 is faster than the GTX470 in BFBC2
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-8.html
http://techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDI..._560_Ti/6.html
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/a...ange-market/14
(Note in the HWC review, the stock 5870 is still faster than the factory overclocked GTX470 in BFBC2)

Both cards will pwn L4D2

The GTX470 is faster than the 5870 in Civ5
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/a...ange-market/13
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If you are going to use it as a HTPC at any point, or even once in a while, get the ATI card as their onboard sound chip is much better than Nvidia's. Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master audio all through the HDMI port. Yes the Fermi card can do it, but they suck at it, horribly. I've had nothing but issues with my GTX 470 as compared to my HD 5850.

If gaming is all your going to do, I say get the GTX 470. Being able to use Physx is great in games that support it. Also if you fold the Fermi card crushes anything ATI has out, very, very, very.... badly. Nvidia reins supreme in GPU computing.
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I'm looking to buy my first real high end video card and I've narrowed my search down to either a Diamond HD5870 (reference design) for $229 or Zotac GTX470 for $239, $199 after mir. I'm sure I can get something cheaper online but I'm limited to what Microcenter has to offer because I don't have a credit card.
I'm leaning towards the 5870 because it's faster but I'm having second thoughts. I have a 28" 1900x1200 monitor, right now I mostly play BFBC2, L4D2 and Civ5. Would the extra memmory on the GTX470 make a difference for me?
If you have a bank account you can use paypal and paypal CC to buy your stuff online...I have paid numerous times for purchases from Newegg using my paypal account...
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With all the Fermi BC2 issues, go 5870.
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post #7 of 12
can't really lose either way.

frankly id get the 470, because it will still run BC2 well, and will be cheaper, but again, you can't lose either way
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post #8 of 12
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I'm think I'm gonna go with the 5870 because it's cheaper up front and it's slightly better for the games I play, but man it's really close between these two cards.
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With all the Fermi BC2 issues, go 5870.
Yeah i have had 3 of the fermi cards and not a single one had an issue with bc2. People who are having the low gpu usage really need to see what the problem is, unless i got some special cards that magically ran at 100%. Used them on both an i7 and x6 amd system no problems on either.
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post #10 of 12
I think with a single card the favor goes towards AMD but if you are getting crossfire the scaling of the Nvidia cards might just edge it out.
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