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What graphics card should I go with?

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January 26, 2011 5:08:34 PM

Hi everyone, I am in the process of building a new computer. I have decided on the following so far:

i5 2500k
Asus P8P67 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333

but I was looking at the graphics cards and I kind of get lost. My Max price is like $200 (after rebates)

I saw the following as possiblities:

eVGA GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card ($190)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

or

Zotac GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card ($200)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

The Zotac is the higher product line but really doesnt look that much better in several categories. Any other suggestions within my price range would be appreciated too. Thanks!

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a c 595 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 5:31:08 PM

Between those two cards, I would have to go with the Zotac GTX470 for performance alone. The issue is that the 470 will be a little noisier than the 460, so that is the tradeoff.

To throw a wrench into your plans, I'm going to recommend you take a look at the Gigabyte GTX460 Superoverclock (SOC), which will be faster than the EVGA, and about as fast as the GTX470. The best thing is that the SOC has the quietest cooler available on a GTX460.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
A review:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-...
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a c 595 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 5:44:43 PM

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DO NOT buy the Superclocked. It has EVGA's EE cooling and is TERRIBLE

You must be looking at the wrong product. The Gigabyte Superoverclock has a dual fan Windforce cooler which produces much less noise than the Hawk you recommended. According to Guru3d, it is the fastest AND quietest GTX460 they have tested out of 16 cards.

SOC: 37Db/ 65c/810mhz core clock
Hawk: 43Db/57c/780mhz core clock

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-460-hawk-...
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January 26, 2011 6:45:33 PM

17seconds said:
You must be looking at the wrong product. The Gigabyte Superoverclock has a dual fan Windforce cooler which produces much less noise than the Hawk you recommended. According to Guru3d, it is the fastest AND quietest GTX460 they have tested out of 16 cards.

SOC: 37Db/ 65c/810mhz core clock
Hawk: 43Db/57c/780mhz core clock

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-460-hawk-...


I think he is referring to the OP first choice.
eVGA GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card ($190)

Sorry to jump a thread but what do you guys think of these GTX 460 cards by Asus?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 595 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 6:50:43 PM

cthunder067 said:
I think he is referring to the OP first choice.
eVGA GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card ($190)

Oh thanks, sorry about that, superclocked vs. superoverclocked is a bugger. I wouldn't get the EE version either.
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January 26, 2011 6:52:47 PM

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Asus is a top brand. The 2nd one is better as it has 1GB of memory


Thanks Psycho :D 
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January 27, 2011 8:28:55 PM

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January 27, 2011 8:35:21 PM

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