Ditch my s#!t ATI 5970 or replace??

I've tried to get my ATI 5970 to work since February, on a new Alenware Aurora (specs below). I get the gray-vertical-stripes and screen/black freezes that others have had trouble with. After working with Dell on updating bios, drivers, etc they are offering to replace the ATI with a new one or give me a GTX 480. I'm a gamer chick, not a computer expert - I just want the d@mn thing to run. Does the GTX run well and have less glitches? Anyone got some advice? I know it's a slight performance drop.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon, price doesn't matter as covered by warrenty

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming - Mass Effect2, Aion, Starcraft2, Guild Wars2, etc - high end, looking for max speed and graphics

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon 5970 (2gb gddr5), 875W psu alienware chassis

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Alienware Aurora desktop, liquid cooled, windows 7 64bit, intel i7 975 extreme (3.33ghz, 8mb cache, not overclocked), dell 1525 network card

PARTS PREFERENCES: replace my ATI 5970 with a new one? or go with nVidia GTX 480???

OVERCLOCKING: Nope SLI OR CROSSFIRE: dunno
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:single display set-up
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  1. Well, the 5970 is a more valuable card ($600 vs $450), and usually better performance (except DX11)... But the 480 is a single gpu card, so no sli or crossfire issues to deal with...
    Will they offer anything like a couple 470s or 460s? Because that would dominate a 5970 and be cheaper (you could get 3 460s for the same price)...
    Personally, though, I would take a 480 over a 5970 even though it's a little less powerful, but that might just be me.
  2. Are they going to compensate you for the price difference? If not I wouldn't agree to that, I would just make them send me 5970s til I got one that worked.
  3. I agree with Ben.

    They would be happy to exchange a GTX480 for a 5970. If it was the other way around, forget it.

    If they would compensate you the difference, do it.

    If not, make then give you 99 5970's in a row until they get tired and give you a brand new system
  4. Because for SOME people my set-up would work, right? I have read so many ATI threads since February, they all blur together...but it SEEMS like there are just some dog 5970 cards out there, and other ones run great...is that a correct reading?
  5. jryan388 said:
    Well, the 5970 is a more valuable card ($600 vs $450), and usually better performance (except DX11)... But the 480 is a single gpu card, so no sli or crossfire issues to deal with...
    Will they offer anything like a couple 470s or 460s? Because that would dominate a 5970 and be cheaper (you could get 3 460s for the same price)...
    Personally, though, I would take a 480 over a 5970 even though it's a little less powerful, but that might just be me.

    The better performance in dx10 but not dx11. mmm, I agree the DX10 bit but to say the 480 is better in DX11 think is unfair. The benches say they are about the same. Just tought I would point this out.
  6. Quote:
    on a new Alenware Aurora


    That's your problem right there!


    ask for more 5970s, they'd be ripping you off if they gave you a 480
  7. I really appreciate all the feedback - thank you! I asked for a new 5970, hopefully it will work more consistently.
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