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Upgrading my GTS 250 1GB.

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August 22, 2010 3:17:24 AM


BUDGET RANGE: 4000 SEK (or ~516 USD) Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games mostly, currently Starcraft 2, Just Cause 2 and wow. But looking to future-proof my computer somewhat as well.


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS Rampage II Extreme, Intel Core i7 920 2.66gHz, 3 Corsair XMS3 CM3X2G1333C9 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: OR, if they can deliver to Sweden,


PARTS PREFERENCES: I do prefer nVidia cards, simply because I've used them for a long time and they've always given me good performance. Other then that I don't really know much about the rest.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, although I've got no cooler besides the fans of my case (Antec 900).



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefferably good cooling on it, whether stock or not doesn't matter. A good warranty, doesn't need to be more than 2 years though since I will most probably upgrade by then. Should be fairly silent, although it doesn't matter that much if it isn't. If possible something that, as mentioned, would last for a year or two, and still do decent on games like Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Mafia 2 and the like. I'm not looking for a monster of a card, but rather something thats fairly good now, and will last for a while so I don't have to upgrade each 5 months because my card turned bad :p .

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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 3:23:13 AM

Well GTX 470's are 260 here, you could get two of them, I don't think newegg ships to Sweden. If not dual 460 1Gb will be nice, I'll go look around on komplett for you.

Bah nevermind you don't want SLI. I'd go with a single GTX470 then.
a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 4:48:27 AM

If you want a single gpu card get the hd 5870 it's better than the gtx 470 and will be really good for any game you want to play.
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a c 197 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 5:02:50 AM

If you don't plan to use dual cards (CF/SLI) then HD5850 or even HD5870 is a good choice, since your resolution is just 1600x1200...
try XFX one, they gives a longer warranty...
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 5:07:29 AM

I think he wants Nvidia only from his post, but if not the 5870 since your budget it kind of high.
August 22, 2010 5:20:20 AM

I'm open to trying Radeon cards, I did have one about 8 years ago in a little Shuttle comp I had. What kind of 5870 would you recommend? I've seen good reviews about pretty much all, like XFX, Sapphire and MSI.
a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 5:24:27 AM

Get the xfx hd 5870 they give better warranty as wa1 mentioned above and is really good brand too. Even i prefer xfx over other brands.
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 5:27:17 AM

I agree with XFX, the only thing I would get over that is ASUS.
a c 193 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 10:16:41 AM

the gigabyte soc 5870, xfx black edition or sapphire vapor x have better coolers on them, if you want a card that stays cool with good overclock potential.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 10:38:52 AM

I wouldn't recommend the HD5870(or the GTX 480.)
Either the HD5850 or GTX 470 are much better deals for the money. The main difference between these two classes of cards is that the HD5850 is an HD5870 with 10% of its shaders disabled and the GTX 470 is a GTX 480 with 7% of it's shaders disabled. Both also have much lower stock clocks than the more expensive cards but they are in fact the same processor so that difference is equivalent to a factory overclock. They all OC to the same levels so the only difference is the shader count and if you compare that to the price difference it just isn't even close to being worth it.
Either a single HD5850 or GTX 470 should be extremely good for your resolution, especially when overclocked. That said the best you can do for 4000 SEK is 2 GTX 460s in sli. They come very close to the performance of an HD5970 and can also overclock a ton.
a b U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 11:29:52 AM

If you are only getting a NVIDIA card I'd recommend 2 460's in SLi, otherwise I'd say get a single 5870 or wait until october and get a new 6850/6870 or a cheaper 5870.
August 22, 2010 2:50:54 PM

The main difference I'm a bit skeptical against SLI is because I've heard that you'll encounter wierd framedrops and graphical lag when playing a bit older games like World Of Warcraft (which I dedicate a lot of time to playing) which is why I'm not all too sure.

If I get two GTX 460 and run them in SLI, what memory on the card would you recommend and would you reccomend EVGA or some other?

I'm trying to find all the alternatives to get the most out of my money, and the OP was more about preferences than cold facts.

Really appreciate the help so far!
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 3:00:48 PM

Looking at the prices on that site and considering your resolution I would just get this;
It's a good deal, low power and approximately twice as powerful as your GTS 250 at stock. It doesn't allow for voltage increases of the core like some of the more expensive versions but it should still OC well, likely about 20%.
August 22, 2010 3:18:30 PM

That particular version is a demo with reduced price, which may be due to it being used merchandise or having been repaired by the manufacturer before.

But either way I think I might as well go for the GTX 460 SLI's. I'm probably going to upgrade my monitor to one that can do 1920x1200 anyhow in not too long and I get a boner for awesome graphics.

Thanks for everyone who helped me! Really appreciate it!
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 4:05:46 PM

Alright, go for the GTX 460s then. They are very good for the price. You'll see a lot of reviews of them in SLI if you google it.
a c 153 U Graphics card
August 22, 2010 5:28:32 PM

jyjjy said:
Alright, go for the GTX 460s then. They are very good for the price. You'll see a lot of reviews of them in SLI if you google it.

Yeah I was trying to say this myself post 1, as you can tell. If the reason you stated is the only reason don't want SLI, then forget about it. Look up SLI reviews, you would be more then pleased with the results.

I am, and I don't have matures SLI card like the 460.