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Hi all. I think it is finally time to get rid of my EVGA 260GTX. It has served me very well till now. I am having a hard time getting acceptable frame-rate performance in a few new games. And I can't even get any AA on with decent FPS So I am in the market for a new GPU.
I know it should be a no brainer But there are a few parameters. And since I now have three kids my time to search and read every gpu article out there just isn't feasible.
So I have come here once again for the best advice you can get on GPU's among other computer parts. I only have around 200 Canadian to spend and that is including taxes. I don't mind Nvidia or ATI. I have had more Nvidia GPU's because of the Physx support. But I will consider a ATI GPU this time. I really like the EVGA Step-up program though.
Please help guys. Also keep in mind that I am running a 24inch LCD at 1920*1200 Res and I mostly game on my Rig. So video editing or Blue ray playback or 6 screen support does not matter.
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post #2 of 14
I would recommend the gtx560 but those retail for around $250, if you can spare the extra $50~75 dollars get it it's perfect for your resolution.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-363-_-Product

With rebate you get $20 bucks off for this awesome card.

For your budget this would be a very good buy, with rebate it only comes out to $160.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518

It can still play almost all games (metro 2033 and Crysis at that resolution with all the eye candy on would be tough for this card) at your resolution but you might need to tone down some settings for a few games.

My 460 is clocked at 900 so it's basically on par with the 470 in terms of performance. By the way the only 470 in your price range is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-341-_-Product

It's refurbished and those type coolers are loud and don't do a good job (if your OCing of course).
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 4/10/11 at 1:08am
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From the ATI side these two should be your top choices:

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-509-_-Product

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-316-_-Product

With rebate the Gigabyte come out to $190 while the MSI comes a little over your budget at $230.
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post #4 of 14
For your resolution I would go for the 5870 since it's a bit better at 1920x1200 vs the 460. For bang for the buck though the 460 get's it (That's why I chose it).

Whatever you choose there are great cards out there for you to choose from! Enjoy!
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Oh yeah if you choose the 5870 make sure you check if your case can handle the length, I'm not sure if it'll fit, it's a bit longer than the 460.
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post #6 of 14
OP These are from Newegg CA I have heard they are higher than other places in CA, but this will give you a idea of whats in your price range! (always shop around for better deals)

All three around 200

gtx 460

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814130596

6850

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814150516

gtx 465

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814130555
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I would get the Gigabyte over the XFX (much better cooler) if going 6850:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-353-_-Product
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Also, just to give you some clarity as to which is better between the cards, here's a link to a very popular thread here at OCN:

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html

Please remember that the link shows stock clocks and at stock the 5870 still kicks tush so I would get that!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 4/10/11 at 1:57am
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Thanx for the links and replies people.
I have some great things about the twin frozer edition 460's or 465's, And comments on those bad boys. I would like to get a GPU with a custom cooler and better components to aid in the higher Overclocks for gaming. I think the Gigabyte brand offers very high end parts on their GPU's. I just want the best Overclocker I can get for the money.
What about my PSU? Is it going to be able to hold up for those GPU's? I remember when I bought my 260, I knew it was going to be close to see if I would be able to Overclock the 260 properly with a Sparkle 550Watt PSU? So far it has held its own.
It would be nice to get away with keeping the same PSU?
Thanx again guys
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PSU should hold up fine, you might need some adapters to connect power to the card keep that in mind, and order any needed cables at time of card order.
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