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I've been mulling over this for weeks, but I am in need of a new graphics card and I'm not entirely sure what to buy. I'm not made of money, so the price is a factor, but if I'm going to buy a new GPU I want it to last me a while and perform exceptionally. I'm willing to pay extra for nice coolers and overclocking capability.

Basically, what I've been looking at are MSI's Twin Frozr models, but there are a lot of opinions floating around about which ones are best for cooling, OCing, money, etc.

I've narrowed it down to three cards, and I want some input as to which is the best for the money in terms of speed and temperature (I don't really care about noise much, because there are some really noisy case fans in my case already).

Anyway, I was looking at the GTX 560 Ti Golden Edition:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...lden%20edition

GTX 560 Ti Hawk (TFIII):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...60%20ti%20HAWK

(I'd really like to know which one of these in particular runs cooler)

And the GTX 570 PE/OC:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20frozr%20iii

(Just not sure if the performance boost is worth shelling out an extra $100, and I'm skeptical of my PSU not handling the load)

Any help would be AWESOME. Thanks for any advice in advance.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...lden%20edition
Is probably what I would go with, there is little difference between the cards, but I like the look of the cooler on the one above, and its only $10 more. What wattage is your power supply?
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...lden%20edition
Is probably what I would go with, there is little difference between the cards, but I like the look of the cooler on the one above, and its only $10 more. What wattage is your power supply?
Thanks for the quick response! It's a 630W PSU, but it's terribly made, so it probably only outputs like ~450-500W of power.
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Thanks for the quick response! It's a 630W PSU, but it's terribly made, so it probably only outputs like ~450-500W of power.
560ti only draws like 350 watts during furmark [completely unrealistic] so you'll be fine.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/233
    
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560ti only draws like 350 watts during furmark [completely unrealistic] so you'll be fine.
It's the 570 I'm worried about but thanks for the link!
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does sparkle have their calibre version out yet?
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Although the copper cooler is sweet bling, it really doesn't perform any better than the regular TFII cooler so it's not really worth paying a premium for, esp. since teh Hawk is a higher-end card under the cooler vs the GE.

And if you're on a budget I'd say that the 570 isn't worth $100 more than the 560 Hawk. Although it's a bit more future-proof as vram req's are only going up over time.

The Hawk is a sweet choice, as are the Gigabyte SOC version and Asus DCII Top. Can't go wrong w/any of those. From what I hear though it's best to get the 950MHz SoC as some of teh 1GHz cards aren't actually totally stable at those clocks.
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It's the 570 I'm worried about but thanks for the link!
570 is fine as well, in case you didn't check out its consumption from that link.
    
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I'm partial to the Hawk and TFII, but that's budget based.

The TFII/III *Hawk* really are a great price for the performance, and if you need more down the road just SLI 2 of them.
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570 is fine as well, in case you didn't check out its consumption from that link.
Well, the person I talked to said that in worst case scenario, the PSU I own might only supply ~400W of power. That's what scares me.

In any case, I went with the 560 Ti Hawk. Thank you, everyone, for your input.
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