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Help me choose a GPU. :)

I really can't choose a GPU. I can't decide between ATI or Nvidia, and even if I could I wouldn't be able to pick a card.. :|

I have a GTX 295 currently and want to get rid of it. (Lots of reasons)

As far as I can understand, ATI cards generally use less power and run a lot cooler. I don't really want a dual-GPU card, because it's not worth the money for the minor performance increase.

So, I was looking at a GTX 480 or a HD 5870.. Benchmarks seem to show that the 5870 is better under load, and idle, but the GTX 480 performs better for casual stress.

I was for a while thinking about getting a 5970, but is it even worth it? It will probably just have the problems my GTX 295 has.

EDIT: I could also see waiting for a next generation GPU from either company. Like the 6870 from ATI.

Thanks for any help. :)
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    I would wait for the 6xxx series ATI cards, may not be available till next year though. So I assume the problems you have with your GTX295 are no dx11/heat/power/dual GPU game support issues? It is still a powerful card by todays standards, a 5870 will be faster on some games but not all. a gtx480 would be a worthwhile upgrade but is a power hungry card, if that is a concearn of yours.
  2. The only noticeable upgrade from GTX295 is HD5970. HD5870 would even be a slight downgrade. I suggest hanging on until the HD6xxx series.
  3. iam2thecrowe said:
    I would wait for the 6xxx series ATI cards, may not be available till next year though. So I assume the problems you have with your GTX295 are no dx11/heat/power/dual GPU game support issues? It is still a powerful card by todays standards, a 5870 will be faster on some games but not all. a gtx480 would be a worthwhile upgrade but is a power hungry card, if that is a concearn of yours.


    My exact problems. ;)

    Power isn't a problem, I have a 1250w stable PSU. I guess I can hold off until the 6xxx series. What's Nvidia's new lineup?
  4. Agree with rolli, your current GPU is already fast enough, maybe waiting for a while until HD6xxx series are released is worth... :)
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