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November 30, 2010 4:22:57 AM

Hi all, I am considering buying a graphics card for my new build but i am stuck on which one to buy. NEED HELP!

($340) XFX HD6870 Black Edition, which i will O/C to ~950mhz core clock
($400) ECS GTX480 (runs super hot and o/c not possible)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Feburary 2011
BUDGET RANGE: 300$-400$
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games ie. crysis, metro 2033, ect @ max
CURRENT POWER SUPPLY: Corsair HX-850
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asus Rampage III Formula, i7-950 OC @ 4.0ghz, 6GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator GT
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: www.umart.com.au
PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Future upgrade when more money comes in
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: XFX Black card seems good with its lifetime warranty and good customer support, AMD seems to run cooler too (more overclocking potentional), where the GTX480 is a more "high end" card is it really worth the heat issues?

Thanks all! :p 

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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 5:56:11 AM

I wouldn't get the 6870, it (usually) sits between the 5850 and the 5870. The 5870 would be a better card when comparing to the GTX480. You should probably wait a few weeks when the new high end cards from AMD come out. (69xx series.) Rumor mill says Dec 13th, but other rumors say it will be a soft launch with no real cards available until after the new year.
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November 30, 2010 6:07:52 AM

4745454b said:
I wouldn't get the 6870, it (usually) sits between the 5850 and the 5870. The 5870 would be a better card when comparing to the GTX480. You should probably wait a few weeks when the new high end cards from AMD come out. (69xx series.) Rumor mill says Dec 13th, but other rumors say it will be a soft launch with no real cards available until after the new year.


Do you think these cards would break my budget though? :sweat: 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 6:24:49 AM

Those cards aren't very good values. Looking at the prices on the site you linked this would be a good choice;
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
Great cooling and it's one of the few HD5850s that allows you to raise the voltage on the core. These cards can often get up to 1ghz and at that point it should be in the performance area of a stock GTX 480 but for much less money.
Overclocking an HD6850 or GTX 470 would also be a much better value for the money than either of the options you mentioned.
FYI I could be wrong but I don't believe the XFX lifetime warranty applies outside of the US/Canada. It's mostly a marketing gimmick anyway imo. A 3 year warranty should cover the useful lifespan of a gaming card just fine.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 6:28:00 AM

intel1502 said:
Do you think these cards would break my budget though? :sweat: 

The HD6950 at least will probably cost less than the GTX 480.
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November 30, 2010 6:56:07 AM

jyjjy said:
The HD6950 at least will probably cost less than the GTX 480.


yeah but this 480 is 150$ cheaper than the eVGA counterpart... is this something to worry about or simply a great deal?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 7:02:25 AM

Not the best brand but it should be fine. I still wouldn't call it a great deal though. OCing the HD5850 I mentioned or a GTX 470 will give you the similar performance for significantly less money than the cheapest GTX 480.
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a c 156 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 7:07:22 AM

intel1502 said:
Do you think these cards would break my budget though? :sweat: 

I'm pretty sure that the new cards will break your budget. The thing is, the new cards will also cause all the other cards to fall in price. That's a better situation for you, n'est-ce pas? :sol: 
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November 30, 2010 11:24:11 AM

Which one do you guys think is best buy?

ECS GTX480 @ 390$
XFX HD5870 @ 380$
XFX HD6870 OC @ 340$
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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 5:28:00 PM

If its within your budget and you have the case and PSU for it, the GTX480. You'll need a case with good airflow and a PSU that can provide enough power. If not, I'd probably get the 6870. Its cheaper then the 5870 and while slower, its performance is quite good.
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a c 600 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 5:52:48 PM

Metro 2033 is a PhysX title, so the GTX480 would be a requirement for that feature. Metro 2033 is also a DirectX 11 title, and the GTX480 again has better DirectX 11 performance than the others. Heat should not be an issue with a card that vents exhaust outside the case. In terms of noise, the XFX Black models will get very loud, particularly when you overclock them. There is no need to overclock a GTX480, even for Metro 2033 at maxed out settings, including PhysX set to High. The GTX480 is clearly the performance winner out of the options you have listed.

If you are into waiting, however, December 7th is the release date for the GTX570, which should perform on par with the GTX480 at a lower noise, heat, and power level. I expect it to sell for around $400.
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November 30, 2010 10:53:51 PM

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