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So I've almost completed my masterpiece computer, after numerous trades and buys and sells. The last part is the hardest choice, what GPU(s) should I get?

System will be more or less my sigrig, gaming in 1920x1080 single monitor. Don't necessarily need to MAX OUT everything, but I want it to look good and play smooth; So if you had between 300 and 350 dollars to spend on a GPU, what would you get? I have to spend $50 in the next month or it goes to waste, the rest I can save for later if need be. I'm open to AMD or nvidia, I prefer a single card, but sli/crossfire is an option if it's not too much hassle, also have a gtx 260 for dedicated physx if that route works ok.

Is the gtx 460 SLI set up still king of price/performance? Is the SLI ever a hassle? Is the HD 6950 2gb the new high end single card king of price / performance? Is a 570 worth it to spend $50 more than a hd 6950 2gb? Should I just get a single 460 and wait for kepler or what have you?

I don't think the forum encourages platform wars, but I personally wouldn't mind tons of rumors and half-truths for me to look up and research in my quest to get the best bang for my buck.
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post #2 of 16
AMD and NVIDIA trade blows at 1080p, I would chose based on the games that you play, 570 vs 6950, you can always unlock the Radeon to a 6970.
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Personally, 560 ti less money more bang! But for $350 gtx 570:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...iption=gtx+570

Reference test (OC'D cards) for the cards you are looking at. This is a test between (all OC'D) 570, 6970, 6950, 5870. The 570 beats them out.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...onclusion.html
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 4/4/11 at 7:53pm
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iv'e had problems with sli. most of the time games dont want to work with sli, so going with a single card is much easier. i would recommend going with a gtx 570.
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A 570 is not worth it imo. Also crap VRM, might not even get a decent OC.

6950 2GB RAM and high chance on unlock for free performance? Yes please.
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An overclocked 570 is on par with 460 SLI, but without the SLI hassles and with a little extra VRAM.

Asus's DCII 570 is an absolute beast, I have one, I'd get a second if I could (no second PCIe lane...), and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Some people will attempt to convince you of the horrors that are the 570 VRMs, but the issue is not nearly widespread. On top of that, I haven't seen anyone say that their DCII 570 has failed, not even a DOA.
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post #7 of 16
Buy this card
MSI GTX 570.

Use promo code MSI334 for $40 off.

Comes to about $294.99 shipped.

This card will max just about everything on your single monitor with excellent framerates.
Edited by cl04k3d - 4/4/11 at 8:00pm
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If you get the Gigabyte ultra durable model then you don't have any vrm problems.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-365-_-Product
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Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus View Post
Personally, 560 ti less money more bang! But for $350 gtx 570:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...iption=gtx+570

Reference test (OC'D cards) for the cards you are looking at. This is a test between (all OC'D) 570, 6970, 6950, 5870. The 570 beats them out.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...onclusion.html
That review actually almost makes me want to save my money and just get an old school 5870 to hang with until games catch up heh.

But it sounds like at the higher levels you guys are suggesting that these cards trade blows. Seems like I'll have to let the prices do the talking as I scout for deals for the month of april. Which leans me towards the 6950 for now.
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I love my Galaxy GTX 580 with the Arctic Accelero Xtreme Cooler. Keeps the temps real low at idle and full load.
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