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Aside from scoring a cheap GTX465 that unlocks to a GTX470, the best bang/buck card going right now is the HD6950. Saw one for $219 after MIR on the Egg the other day, and that card really can't be beat for that kind of money.

I haven't really been keeping up on the whole 6950 'unlocking' situation, but I know there's a lot of them that will unlock to a 6970 with a quick bios flash. I don't think they quite match up to a 'real' 6970 performance due to their having a bit slower-binned vram and weaker power section, but I'm sure they come very close.

A single 6950 is going to hold up fine for quite awhile, esp. since you're mainly interested in RTS and Warcraft type of games, not the latest twitch-based FPS games where framerate is more critical.

But if you don't want to go with AMD/ATI, both the 460 and the 560 are good bang/buck cards at current pricing. Esp. the 460 ... they're going for pretty incredible prices ATM
    
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SLI a couple of 1gb 460s for similar performance to a 580 for less dough
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
Aside from scoring a cheap GTX465 that unlocks to a GTX470, the best bang/buck card going right now is the HD6950. Saw one for $219 after MIR on the Egg the other day, and that card really can't be beat for that kind of money.

I haven't really been keeping up on the whole 6950 'unlocking' situation, but I know there's a lot of them that will unlock to a 6970 with a quick bios flash. I don't think they quite match up to a 'real' 6970 performance due to their having a bit slower-binned vram and weaker power section, but I'm sure they come very close.

A single 6950 is going to hold up fine for quite awhile, esp. since you're mainly interested in RTS and Warcraft type of games, not the latest twitch-based FPS games where framerate is more critical.

But if you don't want to go with AMD/ATI, both the 460 and the 560 are good bang/buck cards at current pricing. Esp. the 460 ... they're going for pretty incredible prices ATM
I've only had one ati card, it was on this system I don't remember what card, but it was similar to the card I have now, but it made my system very buggy. If that was because of the mobo or the card itself, but I've been wary of ati since, the name wasn't that great back then, is it any better?
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SLI a couple of 1gb 460s for similar performance to a 580 for less dough
I have to agree, for 1 monitor SLI 460 1GB's is a killer budget setup.

For a single card, a 580 would future proof you for a handful of years. A 570 with the upgraded power phases would be a great choice too, like the new MSI TFIII 570. I run a single 560 SOC myself, at 1920x1080 and it has plenty of power for me.

What kind of games do you play?
    
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I have to agree, for 1 monitor SLI 460 1GB's is a killer budget setup.

For a single card, a 580 would future proof you for a handful of years. A 570 with the upgraded power phases would be a great choice too, like the new MSI TFIII 570. I run a single 560 SOC myself, at 1920x1080 and it has plenty of power for me.

What kind of games do you play?
Besides wow and sc2 I don't play much, been having fun with new ps3 games until swtor comes out, at which point ill be playing only that.

What is the power consumption for a 580 or 570 vs 460 sli? And how much of a performance difference is there?
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post #18 of 18
Just get the best GPU your system can support in terms of PSU and price. Bottlenecks to me are pretty irrelevant as getting the best GPU is the single best upgrade for gaming and once you upgrade the rest of your system it will only get better.
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