Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce GTX 470

I'm looking for any advice between these two graphics cards, I've used Radeon is the past but always had to deal with gnarly driver issues. Um, I'm thinking of switching back to NVIDIA and wanted to know what you thought of these two models. It's for an Intel i7 860/ set up with a ViewSonic VG2428wm - 24" - widescreen TFT active matrix LCD display (HDMI)

I'd love any advice as well as other graphic card options..

Thanks!
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  1. GTX470 is an old tech, if you want nvidia then go with GTX570. I'm pretty sure you can maxed out almost any games with that card plus your current system.
    What is your current card? PSU? brand? model?
  2. Oops, that's what I meant 570. I have no card right now, I'm building all from scratch. I just wanted to know what card would be best for gaming/graphics out of those two options. Or something around 230.00-250.00 usd.
  3. Sweet man thx, 750 watts enough?
  4. hello ItsPaulie,
    Here are the specifications of both:
    .............................................
    NVIDIA GTX 570:
    Performance:
    797 MHz GPU
    480 CUDA Cores
    400 MHz RAMDAC
    Memory:
    1280 MB, 320 bit GDDR5
    3900 MHz (effective)
    156 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
    Interface:
    PCI-E 2.0 16x
    DVI-I, DVI-I, Mini-HDMI
    SLI Capable
    .................................................
    Radeon HD 6870:
    Manu. Process (Micron) 40nm
    Memory Size (MB) 1024
    Memory Type GDDR5
    Engine CLK (MHz) 900Mhz
    Memory CLK (Gbps) 4.2Gbps
    Memory Interface (bit) 256
    Power Supply Requirement 500 Watt or greater power
    Max. Resolution 2560*1600
    Bus Interface PCI Express x16
    Display Port Yes
    HDMI Yes
    DVI Upper Single-link DVI-D + Bottom Dual-link DVI-I
    VGA No.
    ....................................................................
    Buddy definitely GTX 570 is far more better.
    If u can afford easily then go for GTX 570.
    ....................................................................
    Here are the Power supply calculators:
    http://www.antec.outervision.com/PSUEngine
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    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDR

    http://www.hardocp.com/reviews/psu_power_supplies/

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/page/power

    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    http://www.raptoxx.com/calculator.php

    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

    http://www.journeysystems.com/power_supply/

    http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=power

    http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
    ...................................................................................
    Best Of Luck.
  5. Don't judge PSU only from it's wattage.
    What brand? model? Generally 750W is more than enough for a single card.
  6. The new AMD cards should be out tomorrow. You should wait on reviews and pricing before making any decisions. They seem like they will be very nice choices for the money.

    EDIT: Check that, they are already on newegg. HD6950 = $300, HD6970 = $370. Now just wait on the review for some accurate performance numbers.
  7. Sounds like a good idea jyjjy, Ill do that. Again, I have no real preference...just trying (like everyone) tryin to get that bang for the buck :)

    And wa1, I agree. Right now I'm rockin the i7 860 with the P55 motherboard. I don't really plan on doing too much O/C. Gonna run it all straight and see how it handles. The last PC I built was 6 years ago... So much has changed :)
  8. My bet is that the HD6950 will end up being the best buy on the high end for a while to come, especially if you are willing to give it an overclock, just like the HD5850 was for a long time.
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