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September 19, 2010 3:46:48 AM

So, I am stuck between four graphics cards at the moment...

My budget is about 400, however I really don't want to spend that much :/ .

I am stuck between the 5870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), GTX 480 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) which will cost 390 after MIR and special purchase code, 5850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), and the GTX 470 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

Currently I am leaning towards the 470, because it's very overclocked, gets good power usage, requires only two 6 pins connectors (which I have, which means I won't need an adapter for my 700w PSU), and has a very nice cooler.

I am looking for a card that will help me max out games for the next year or two, and will be looking into SLI down the road when I set up a new build. My concern is that the 470, while amazing, has less memory than the 480, and even though it matches the clocks speeds, it still runs slower because of the memory (However I hear people are OCing it to 800/1600 no problem on air, which I think will match the 480).

I've never owned an ATI card, but I like their low temperatures and low power consumption, however the 480 performs better than the 5870, and the 5850 is much less powerful than the OCed 470. What would you guys recommend to help me get the best performance now and down the road, while still considering price/performance.

5850 - 320
5870 - 385
480 - 390 after MIR
470 - 350
a c 189 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 4:03:05 AM

Well, what's your current card?
PSU? brand? model?
Monitor resolution?
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September 19, 2010 4:08:32 AM

1680x1050, EVGA 8800 GTX (Quad Q6600 @ 2.4ghz, 4gb ddr2 800, OCZ 700w GameXStream).
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 4:39:18 AM

then get HD5850, that's enough to maxed out almost every games at your resolution. :) 
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September 19, 2010 4:23:28 PM

If you really can get GTX 480 for USD 390, don't look anywhere else, just buy it. That really is a good deal. :-)
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September 20, 2010 5:20:28 AM

Well, the all sold out :( . But, i can find the GTX 470 Super Overclock edition for 330...
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 5:25:22 AM

Yes, the Gigabyte GTX 470 Super Overclock is an excellent choice.It has less power consumption than a reference 470, runs cooler and quieter and comes with a healthy 100 Mhz overclock.You should pay the extra 80$ for it.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 5:31:12 AM

but you'll waste your money if you stay with 1680x1050...
(even HD5770 or GTX460 is enough).
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 5:37:15 AM

That will depend on the type of games the OP plays.Games like Metro 2033, Crysis, Stalker CoP are very demanding.The 5770 will struggle with some of these.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/172?vs=160
But if you want to save money get the GTX 460 1 GB as wa1 says.
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September 20, 2010 6:02:19 AM

Hm, I like the looks of the 460, especially the overclocked ones. I'm not sure which one I would go with. Galaxy offers an impressive overclock; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and I hear it runs as fast as a stock 470. However, the OC'd 470 runs near a stock 480 and exceeds a 5870, I feel it hard to consider 90 dollars not worth it, especially down the road when I want to continue using the card.

Now I'm stuck between the 460 OC (250) and 470 Super OC (330$)

Also, this one I am considering too... no reviews yet though.

http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-13671-view-Evga-GTX-4...
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September 20, 2010 6:26:38 AM

My two cents? Get a 470 or a 5850, double it down the road.

As for your memory question, dont bother. Only Metro 2033 needs more than 1GB. It uses 2GB. Most games either use 1GB or stretch to 2. GTAIV/EFLC are the only ones I know of which go in between. 1.2GN or 1.5GB are weird non standard memory sizes which have honestly no use whatsoever. WHY NV insists on it, God know....from the old 320/640 MB 8800's to the 896MB GT200's, it plain doesnt make sense.
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September 20, 2010 6:29:14 AM

My gut is telling me the 470 is a choice I won't regret. The 460 could be a few titles down the road.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 6:32:17 AM

The ideal card for 1680x1050 is the GTX 460 1GB.It will handle any game at that resolution very well.But some games like Metro 2033 may take a hit.
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September 20, 2010 6:37:29 AM

Tamz_msc said:
The ideal card for 1680x1050 is the GTX 460 1GB.It will handle any game at that resolution very well.But some games like Metro 2033 may take a hit.


That's what I am worried about.

I would like to see game now and down the road a bit not take hits.

The 460 is a great value, but I love the aftermarket cooler on Gigabyte's 470, and it's changed architecture and lower temps. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that they cared about the card. Also comes with a 3 year warranty, 460s OC'd come with a 2 year.

I would like to save the money, but I have a feeling that the 460 will be outdated too quickly, come games like BF3.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 6:41:11 AM

I don't think it'll be outdated any time soon, just a little underpowered for some games.But if you are getting the 470 SOC for 330$, you should go for it.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 6:44:17 AM

okay, if you can afford GTX470 then go for it, it good for a long term... :) 
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September 20, 2010 7:15:33 AM

Kay, it's decided then. 470 SOC, and I'm most likely going to try to push it to 800/1600 if possible. I hear it's easy as pie with this card.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 7:48:46 AM

Okay, get that card and OC it slowly, remember watch the temps...
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September 20, 2010 4:36:17 PM

Okay one more question, which is where to buy it from? Mwave.com offers it for 335 after shipping, plus mafia 2 for free, downside is it only comes with a 1 year warranty. Newegg, on the other hand, offers it for 350 with a 3 year warranty and no bonus games. My gut tells me newegg because of the longer warranty. What do you guys think? Generally I go buy the "if it works after a year, it's not going to break," but that kind of mentality can bite me in the butt, and doesn't generally hold up for PC parts.
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2010 3:33:32 PM

I trust Newegg.
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