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My situation-
Building a new PC for gaming. Did some research about what's the best of the best out there now, and what's coming out soon. I read up about the new Nvidia Kepler coming out supposedly this year, which is said to be significantly more powerful than the Fermi.

That being said, since I'm building now, I was wondering what you would suggest. I want to pick up the new Kepler later this year, so I'm trying to find a card that will get me by, which I could later sell on amazon or ebay for a bit of cash towards the Kepler.

I've seen some benchmark tests, and those would help, but I've been doing a ton of research lately and my brain is fried. Plus, I know a ton of you here are 100% current on these things

Game I'm playing now is Starcraft2. I'd hopefully like to max out settings on 1920x1080 using said card. If not, no big deal and I'll wait it out.

Advice greatly appreciated, thanks for reading
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If your just playing sc2 you should be good with a hd 5770 or gtx 460, and if you go used you can get them fairly cheap, and then save your money for kepler
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SC2 is not demanding, if your just looking for a card to get you by i would go for a gtx 460. if you need a bit more power go for a gtx480 i would not suggest a gtx570 as so so so many people complaining about them.

Then i would not bother selling the card afterwards, just keep it use as a dedicated physx.
 
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If I were you I would get a 460, that way when you upgrade to kepler you can use it as a physx card. If you want a bit more power get a 560. Even an older card like an 8800gt will play SC2 very respectably (high settings, not ultra) at 1080p.
     
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I'm hearing a lot of people mention using it as a dedicated physx card, and so far everyone thinks the 460 is the best choice. That being said, anyone have a good link about how to set that up? I'm outdated =P

Any recommended brand of 460 for my situation?

How about this one by asus.
Edited by Aranock21 - 3/21/11 at 9:07pm
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Originally Posted by Aranock21 View Post
I'm hearing a lot of people mention using it as a dedicated physx card, and so far everyone thinks the 460 is the best choice. That being said, anyone have a good link about how to set that up? I'm outdated =P

Any recommended brand of 460 for my situation?
MSI gtx460's are normally the way to go with cyclone coolers.
Or there hawk edition cards are also good.

Depends on your case and if you want it to put heat into it.

You should update your user CP, put your System in there so we can see its specs in your signature. Like mine below!!

This way we can reccomend stuff more easy

As for setting it up as dedicated physx it can be done though the nvidia control pannel if you have 2 or more cards installed in your system
 
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either a GTX 560 or a GTX 570. or HD 6950 and HD 6970. those have relatively nice bang for buck and plenty of performance. do not get the GTX 580 or the HD 6990. the first is overpriced and the latter overheats
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MSI gtx460's are normally the way to go with cyclone coolers.
Or there hawk edition cards are also good.

Depends on your case and if you want it to put heat into it.

You should update your user CP, put your System in there so we can see its specs in your signature. Like mine below!!

This way we can reccomend stuff more easy

As for setting it up as dedicated physx it can be done though the nvidia control pannel if you have 2 or more cards installed in your system
I'll definitely be updating my profile once the system is built. I have an XLS going with 3 options per category. With the advice so far, i've narrowed it down to these three with the intention of buying a new card later this year. They are, in my opinion, all great deals.

MSI 1
MSI 2
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Never tried open box stuff before though..
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SC2 is not demanding per se but I think it isn't coded very well from a GPU perspective because:

1. I get the same or slightly lower frames in SLI than I do with a single GTX480.
2. The mothership is brutal on any card.
3. It doesn't support native AA of any shape or form.
4. The menu screen (with the planet) is rendered in real time and results in as much or more GPU utilization than some in game instances.
5. Some patches of water/doodads seem to lag the hell out of my system.
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I'll definitely be updating my profile once the system is built. I have an XLS going with 3 options per category. With the advice so far, i've narrowed it down to these three with the intention of buying a new card later this year. They are, in my opinion, all great deals.

MSI 1
MSI 2
MSI 3

Never tried open box stuff before though..
really cool stuff!!
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