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I need advice upgrading my system.

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April 6, 2011 3:33:37 AM

I can spend up to $450 to upgrade my computer.

My current system is as follows

i5 750
hyper 212+
gigabyte h55 matx
gts 250
g.skill 2x2gb ddr3
vertex 2 120gb ssd
antec neo eco 520c (40Amps on 12v rail)
dvd rw
nzxt lexa s
lcd 1920x1080

I am thinking about getting a graphics card which one would you recommend?

Gtx 570 - US$310
Gtx 560 - US$245
hd 6950 - US$270
upgrade mobo and get 2 gtx 460 or 6850?
wait for 28nm technology?
or any suggestions?

And rest of the money I want to save for upcoming bulldozer or ivy bridge.

is 40 amps on 12v rail enough to handle the graphics card mentioned and mild cpu oc about 3.8ghz?


I want my system to be quiet as well as powerful enough to play bf3 bfbc2 sc2 and some future games.

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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 4:12:31 AM

Most newer cards will pwn at least bc2 and sc2, idk about battlefield3 but unfortunately it will prolly be a crappy console port and run as easily as bc2.
Any of those cards should be good enough.
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April 6, 2011 5:54:12 AM

jryan388 said:
Most newer cards will pwn at least bc2 and sc2, idk about battlefield3 but unfortunately it will prolly be a crappy console port and run as easily as bc2.
Any of those cards should be good enough.

Which one do you think got best value?
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 3:42:43 PM

price difference *%* between 6950 and 570 is 13% and performance difference is 10%, so it's better bang for buck, price difference between 560 and 6950 is 9% and performance like 10%, so the 6950 is best bang for your buck, but i'll list all the +'s and -'s of cards anyway:
560:
awesome OC potential
runs cool
quiet
physx


6950:
strong card
good CF scaling
OCs well *1GB version better*
quiet as 560 and cool as 560 *depends on card*
can be flashed into 6970 *only 2GB versions*
eyefinity
EDIT2: low power consumption, will save you like 10$ yearly if you compare 560 and 6950 and if you use it 3H per day 5 days per week


570:
strong card
quiet
cool
physx

don't get SLI/CF there are a lot of issues and are not supported on many stuff

btw, probably you will need to upgrade your PSU, cause it's not gonna handle 570 and 560 *also not 460 SLI/6850 CF*

you can also wait for 28nm's there are rumours that they will be released Q3 2011, but that's pretty hard to believe...

EDIT: where do you buy 'em from? newegg? if so you can find cheaper 6950
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 3:56:21 PM

without going into too much detail, I'd get the gtx 570, thats a great price, they are powerful (mine oc's to near 580 levels on stock voltage) and quiet even when the fan is ramped up the thing is no louder than a case fan, I was faced with a similar decision myself not too long ago and the 570 was the clear choice.... the 6950/70 would of course be a good chocie but personally I'd want to go for the 6970 to ensure that it would reach that level of performance and that would end up being way more expensive then the 570 ( I got my PNY gtx 570 for 304 AR). Prior to this I was fed up with 6870 crossfire due to several issues pertaining to crossfire, after basically downgrading in overall power my overall experience is much better and I have not looked back, at least that was my personal experience, one of the main issues was that the minimum fps was terrible... anyways I vote for the gtx 570, the 6970/50s are also a good deal but personally if minimum fps is not increasing on these setups I am not interested in crossfire or sli, the next time I will upgrade it will be to a single strong card that beats the gtx 580 by a good margin, and one that I can purchase for around $400 dollars or so, I will wait yes but for now I'm not interested in dual gpu configs to power a single 1080p display...

28nm will be around some time ( probably not exactly when they are projected) but I wouldn't expect a massive increase until the next die shrink, however there is no doubt that the 28nm jump will provide some great performance at a low power draw and therefore lower heat..

as far as your psu goes I think it will be fine (for a single gpu) 40 amps on a 12v rail should be fine
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 4:06:52 PM

yeah a 10% performance jump from 6950 to 570 is definately worth it if you pay few bucks more, but i'd think of unlocking 6950 *if it doesn't void the warranty* so that i'd get a stronger card *6970*, but the 570 is still a great choice for that price
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April 6, 2011 4:08:31 PM

Get a 570 and a good psu
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2011 4:14:13 PM

^do you think 40 amps on a 12v rail is not enough?
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April 6, 2011 5:07:35 PM

shrkbay said:
price difference *%* between 6950 and 570 is 13% and performance difference is 10%, so it's better bang for buck, price difference between 560 and 6950 is 9% and performance like 10%, so the 6950 is best bang for your buck, but i'll list all the +'s and -'s of cards anyway:
560:
awesome OC potential
runs cool
quiet
physx


6950:
strong card
good CF scaling
OCs well *1GB version better*
quiet as 560 and cool as 560 *depends on card*
can be flashed into 6970 *only 2GB versions*
eyefinity
EDIT2: low power consumption, will save you like 10$ yearly if you compare 560 and 6950 and if you use it 3H per day 5 days per week


570:
strong card
quiet
cool
physx

don't get SLI/CF there are a lot of issues and are not supported on many stuff

btw, probably you will need to upgrade your PSU, cause it's not gonna handle 570 and 560 *also not 460 SLI/6850 CF*

you can also wait for 28nm's there are rumours that they will be released Q3 2011, but that's pretty hard to believe...

EDIT: where do you buy 'em from? newegg? if so you can find cheaper 6950


Thanks for your reply.
Is 6950 2gb version also cool and quiet?
I have to buy it from ebay because I have $450 worth of ebay gift card.
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a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2011 1:07:15 PM

6950 2GB is as cool and as quiet as 1GB, there's only a small difference in performance on very demanding games/ big screens/ multi-monitoring, so if you buy from ebay then maybe you can buy a 570 with a new PSU? *if you can find both for 450$*

EDIT: my meaning was that depends on what company made card for example: MSI Twin FROZR GTX 560/ HD6950 is the same, but if you compare ASUS DCuII to stock or for example Palit then ASUS will be a lot cooler and quieter
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