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Suggestion on my Next Card Based on Specs?

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April 8, 2010 7:49:40 AM

Alright so I have a problem... I have about $400-600 to spend on a new GPU

It's between ATI'S 5870 and Nvidia's 480

480:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My Current specs are
ASUS P5N-E SLI NFORCE 650I SLI MB
INTEL CORE 2 DUO E7200 2.53Ghz @3.33
4GB's of DDR2 PC6400 Mushkin 800
EVGA GEFORCE 9600GT 512MB PCI-E
300GB 10,000 RPM Velociraptor
Thermaltake Pure-power 600WATT http://thermaltakeusa.com/Category.aspx?S=1170


My questions are...

Should I just go with the 480 because of my Mobo.. even know I prolly wont buy a 2nd one?

Will the 480 Become better overtime with driver updates?

and will my CPU bottleneck ither one of these cards...?

Thanks in advance guys / gals :) 
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 7:58:31 AM

What is it exactly that you want to do with the new card ? What games and at what resolution ? one or more monitors ? Also what power supply do you have ?
Im thinking a 5850 may be a better option but its dependant on your usage.

Mactronix
April 8, 2010 8:05:21 AM

Thermaltake Pure-power 600WATT http://thermaltakeusa.com/Category.aspx?S=1170

I play games like...

BFBC2, WoWx3 windows open, MW2, FF 14 soon, SC2, D3

Mainly a gaming PC, Just dont feel like spending $1000-1500 on a new mobo,memory,cpu right now
2 year old PC
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 8:07:55 AM

And monitor/s and resolution ?
Also there are 2 600w psu's in that link, which one is it ?
Mactronix

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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 8:29:29 AM
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Well i would say that i would go for the 5870 personally. As you dont think you will SLI anyway then the single ATI card with its Eyefinity support would be the way i would go.
Your PSU seems fine so no worries there but the CPU is a little on the weak side for that card.
Here is an interesting article Toms did about CPU's and gaming http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/core-i3-gaming,review-318...

And here is a good link for comparing CPU's http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/90?vs=87

Based on whats within those two links i would think you will be some what restricted with a E7200 even allowing for its overclock.

Mactronix
a c 1318 U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 9:34:16 PM

Going from a 9600GT. You will be just as happy with a HD5850 as HD5870, it is a huge leap in graphics power and it is a better match to your CPU (people in here are reporting overclocks up to the level of 5870)
April 15, 2010 7:18:17 AM

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