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(2) GTS250 or 1 GTX470

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June 13, 2010 12:45:01 AM

Ive decided to upgrade my PC and was wanting some input from you guys.

Current specs are
Msi NF750-G55 Mobo
4Gb of Patriot 1600mhz ram
AM3 Athlonx3 435 Ocd to 3.6GHZ

I may Upgrade the cpu to a phenom and put another 4 gb of ram into the system.
Mostly ill be playing BC2/WoW/ and maybe a couple other games.
this will be running on a 25" 1920x1080 monitor.

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June 13, 2010 12:50:28 AM

The GTX 470 is a bit more powerful than 250's in SLI, but it also produces more heat. GTX 470 is Direct x11 and handles tessellation quite well while the 250 does not have this option.

What case do you have? How is the airflow "overall"?
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June 13, 2010 1:03:15 AM

I wouldn't worry about over heating. Definitely get the GTX 470 though.
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June 13, 2010 1:06:08 AM

Definitely 1x470.
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June 13, 2010 1:18:29 AM

currently im using a thermaltake V3 but im upgrading to either an Antec1200 or a silverstone Raven2.

Also how badly do you guys think the cpu will bottle neck the 470? i can squeeze it up to 3.8ghz with my hyper212.
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June 13, 2010 3:05:27 AM

Surely 1x GTX470, but make sure you upgrade your CPU to Phenom II x4/x6.
No need to put another 4GB, you will be fine with only 4GB RAM.
And don't forget PSU, that card is a power hungry card... :) 
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June 13, 2010 7:23:25 AM

2 gts 250's in Sli perform close and sometimes beats a 5850 and a gtx 470is in the middle of a 5850 and 5870 so a gtx 470 should be better but not by that much.

But by price here in Australia you can get a gts 250 for $150 and a gtx470 goes for $440-50.So even 2 gts 250's in SLi are cheaper than a 5850. I don't know about where you live but thats a good deal here in aus.

Feature wise, a gtx 470 takes the cake mainly because of DX11

IMO I would go with the gtx 470 because I prefer 1 card solutions, some games don't scale well with 2 cards and because of heat and power issues but I was just stating the facts

here are the benchmarks for the gts 250's in SLI
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/gaming-graphics-ca...[3206]=on&prod[3249]=on&prod[3253]=on

Just in case' state your PSU
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June 13, 2010 1:13:27 PM

ill be upping to a 650-750watt when i do this 500watts atm
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June 13, 2010 1:15:04 PM

so get the gtx470 and just change my cpu instead of more ram?
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June 13, 2010 1:26:41 PM

yes, change your cpu, no need to add more RAM...
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June 13, 2010 5:23:44 PM

kemo_90 said:
Ive decided to upgrade my PC and was wanting some input from you guys.

Current specs are
Msi NF750-G55 Mobo
4Gb of Patriot 1600mhz ram
AM3 Athlonx3 435 Ocd to 3.6GHZ

I may Upgrade the cpu to a phenom and put another 4 gb of ram into the system.
Mostly ill be playing BC2/WoW/ and maybe a couple other games.
this will be running on a 25" 1920x1080 monitor.


definitely go for single GTX470.
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June 13, 2010 5:40:56 PM

Your CPU is fine if you overclock to 3.6-3.8 GHz, it won't bottleneck anymore than a Phenom II X4 at similar speeds in any game except maybe GTA4.
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June 13, 2010 7:08:24 PM

i guess what ill do for now is get the case/gpu/psu and if i see bottleneck ill grab a new cpu
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June 16, 2010 10:19:13 PM

I'm loving my Asus 470gtx. Fan is super quiet and so far this card has not produced much heat.
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June 16, 2010 10:57:31 PM

470 for sure. 4gb RAM is sufficient for all games currently. CPU upgrade would be alright, but I'm sure your current one will be able to keep up at 1920x1080. Still, if you can upgrade the CPU as well. 500W isn't bad but if you're going to go big, check out the Corsair 750TX it's brilliant.
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June 16, 2010 11:48:35 PM

Thank god Psycho, I thought I was the only one to see that... Why is it that everyone thinks you need an i7 980 @ 4 GHz to no bottleneck horribly?
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June 17, 2010 12:06:47 AM

He can still squeeze 200/300Mhz more if he wanted to..
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