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Well after trying to play BC2 on my current 8400 (insert laughter), I realized I need to buy a GPU and quick. I know these threads are a bit redundant, but I was wondering what was the best I could get for under 250$ (if possible, a bang for the buck type of card). I have a couple of cards in mind, but your general consensus would be much appreciated.
The card will be used for gaming (BF3 and F1), but also for photo editing and 3d rendering (Blender). I would like to go SLI by the end of the summer, so this would also be taken into account.

Here are the cards I'm looking at presently (if there's anything cheaper you could suggest the better):

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE

PNY RVCGGTX470XXB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
post #2 of 11
IN all honesty, as much as I love nvidia, you'll get better bang for buck with an ATI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-368-_-Product

That is an epic card and will perform better in some games than the GTX570 and not as good in some others. But you'll be very very happy with it.

Comps
post #3 of 11
You can find a lot of 480's online for that price with rebates, or in the marketplace selling for about that much - otherwise I would go for the 470, the little extra vram is nice, and they usually overclock very well.
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post #4 of 11
Under 250? I'd definitely look for a 470.

You may find a discounted 560 at that price as well, though it'll probably involve a rebate or something.
post #5 of 11
If you cant afford gtx570 or 580 then go for a 6950 2gb reference.

Performance is better then a gtx560 and after unlock come's close to a gtx570
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+1 for the GTX560Ti Twin Frozr
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I'm assuming my idea of going with the 6950 has been thrown out then.
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Well after trying to play BC2 on my current 8400 (insert laughter), I realized I need to buy a GPU and quick. I know these threads are a bit redundant, but I was wondering what was the best I could get for under 250$ (if possible, a bang for the buck type of card). I have a couple of cards in mind, but your general consensus would be much appreciated.
The card will be used for gaming (BF3 and F1), but also for photo editing and 3d rendering (Blender). I would like to go SLI by the end of the summer, so this would also be taken into account.

Here are the cards I'm looking at presently (if there's anything cheaper you could suggest the better):

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE

PNY RVCGGTX470XXB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
msi gtx560ti twin frozrII/OC is the best care,I like it very much
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post #9 of 11
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I'm assuming my idea of going with the 6950 has been thrown out then.
Out of curiosity, can crossfire be done on a non-crossfire mobo? I know I read a thread that SLI could be achieved with a couple of tweaks on non-SLI ready mobos. If it can, I might consider the 6950, if not, I'd like to go with a GeForce card.
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Well after trying to play BC2 on my current 8400 (insert laughter), I realized I need to buy a GPU and quick. I know these threads are a bit redundant, but I was wondering what was the best I could get for under 250$ (if possible, a bang for the buck type of card). I have a couple of cards in mind, but your general consensus would be much appreciated.
The card will be used for gaming (BF3 and F1), but also for photo editing and 3d rendering (Blender). I would like to go SLI by the end of the summer, so this would also be taken into account.

Here are the cards I'm looking at presently (if there's anything cheaper you could suggest the better):

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE

PNY RVCGGTX470XXB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
Well, your proc obviously isn't a bottleneck.

MSI GTX 560 Ti Hawk Twin Frozr III


Just released, and oddly enough, it's apparently louder than the TFII, but that seems to be the only negative aspect.

I ordered it today, and I'm currently using a 9600 GT and I'm expected to get a ridiculously high performance increase, so you should get an even bigger one.

In BF:BC2 With max settings minus w/e the HAA setting was, at 1920x1080, 2x AA, no anisotropic. I average about 30 FPS with my 9600 GT. So a 560 will simply laugh at the game.

Your PSU is already more than capable of booting a 460/560, actually you should be able to SLI 2 560's with that PSU, if you have a way of fulling the 6 pin connector requirements.

The 460 would be a very high performance increase from an 8400.

470 will have slightly better performance than the 560 but at the cost of much more heat generation, especially compared to the TFII/III.

560's outperform the 460's by quite a bit, 30% I believe ?, 560's give better performance and less heat, and DX 11.

I absolutely recommend a 560 Ti, All of the other 560's, even the super overclocked ones will be great, but the TFIII and the EVGA super clocked one share the title as 2 highest clocked 560's out of the box, but, the TFIII will have significantly better cooling than EVGA's superclocked 560.

So logically if you decided on a 560 the TFII meets your budget, if you can manage $15 more I'd get the TFIII *Hawk*.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 4/23/11 at 8:07am
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