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So I've been looking for a graphics card for a LONG time now...I finally decided that I want to buy a GTX 550 TI...Now I am just wondering which would be the best one for the price, I was planning on getting the Galaxy version...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162078

But I was wondering if there are better brands...Like this EVGA that is factory overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-629-_-Product

What do you think is the best choice? Either way I want a 550 TI cause they are pretty power efficient and looks like they perform well in benchmarks and would be a great upgrade from my dated 9800 GT
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Originally Posted by Pentium-David View Post
So I've been looking for a graphics card for a LONG time now...I finally decided that I want to buy a GTX 550 TI...Now I am just wondering which would be the best one for the price, I was planning on getting the Galaxy version...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162078

But I was wondering if there are better brands...Like this EVGA that is factory overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-629-_-Product

What do you think is the best choice? Either way I want a 550 TI cause they are pretty power efficient and looks like they perform well in benchmarks and would be a great upgrade from my dated 9800 GT
If you're going to stick with stock cooling I don't have much opinion, but if you want to WC in the future make sure you get a reference design so that blocks will fit.
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Hmm, I'd recommend a 5770 or a 768MB GTX 460.
Both pushable with your Antec 500W.

If youre gonna spend $130 get something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-932-_-Product

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I would go with the EVGA model. I've heard more bad than good things about Galaxy products and their quality.
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post #5 of 34
For only ~$20 more you can get a 1Gb 460, which is a much more powerful card.
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Yeah that's the thing, that 5850 and GTX 460 wouldn't fit in my case and use a lot more power, if I needed to though, I have a 600W MSI Power supply. Plus the 550 TI is probably the best it gets without bottlenecking E8400 too much
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The GTX 460 is a great card. This is the best bang for your buck though.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...139&CatId=3669
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^This

I was just gonna re-post saying that you're better off getting a GTX 460 768mb or 1gb model. Not only will the performance be a whole lot better, it's more for you're $$$.

Also, dont let the 4xx and 5xx names fool you. There's not a huge generation gap of difference when it comes to the 450 and 550 let alone the 460 and the 560ti.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121391
That gets my vote as well.

However, if you're set on the 550, I'd say go with the MSI OC version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127577

If the bonus Mafia 2 is something you really want, the Zotac and Palit both have better coolers than that Galaxy. The Asus has the best cooler, but doesn't have a MIR, so I wouldn't reccomend that over the Asus 460, it's just a great deal.

Edit: Wow, take the deal that raysfan provided.
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^This

I was just gonna re-post saying that you're better off getting a GTX 460 768mb or 1gb model. Not only will the performance be a whole lot better, it's more for you're $$$.

Also, dont let the 4xx and 5xx names fool you. There's not a huge generation gap of difference when it comes to the 450 and 550 let alone the 460 and the 560ti.
Wow, that is an amazing price I have to say...Don't check TigerDirect as often. Is Sparkle a good brand?
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