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Which card to replace my dead EVGA 8800GTS (g92)

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May 12, 2011 4:53:14 AM

Ok so , been out of it for awhile. Haven't kept up with video tech.

Was looking at the gtx570, then looked at benchmarks here and noticed the several 480's doing very well if not better?

What's the best card sub 150 and, what if I spend another hundred?

My rig isn't the newest but handles pci 16 2.0 if that helps

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May 12, 2011 5:02:42 AM

Tell us the rest of your system (it helps) we need to know more than "it handles pci 16 2.0". Especially your power supply, and CPU. Also what resolution do you play at.
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May 12, 2011 5:37:39 AM

All system specs please. Also, I would stick with a GTX 570 if you have the money. The GTX 480 is older, runs hot like an oven, and is really loud.
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May 12, 2011 5:53:49 AM

thanks...here is the rest of the info

mobo GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
chip e8400 wolfdale
4 gigs ddr2 pc2 6400 gskill ram
running windows 7 - 64bit
24" monitor running at 1920x1080 with another monitor attached, 19" used for multitasking, not games.

power supply Antec neopower 650 watt

using onboard sound (gave up on getting drivers to work for my audigy 2 zs)

running two 80 gig drives in raid (performance)

Started noticing strange characters, then started crashing in games. Daughter reported alot of crashes playing starcraft 2, witnessed myself. Finally, yellow then blue blocks/lines on screen, driver not responding warnings, blue screens and finally, total failure.
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May 12, 2011 12:13:14 PM

Considering this facts : Budget,starcraft 2,pc specs i would say the 5850 would be best buy :)  (just my opinion)
And about overextending your budget ..i dont know if your processor can handle the performance of a more expensive card.
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May 12, 2011 12:17:02 PM

^+1.HD 5850, if you're ok with MIRs.
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May 12, 2011 4:52:23 PM

Also, the reasons why I suggest that card, it will play your games very well, it costs a lot less, and it is a pretty decent card for playing other games too.
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May 13, 2011 4:17:35 AM

hey guys, thanks for the advice. I was concerned that there would be a bottleneck. You saved me hours of research that would fill my otherwise tiny brain. I need as much room as possible up there.

So, looks like the consensus is ATI. I've had some bad experience with ATI in the past. Any reason why ATI over Nvidia? I had my mind set on nvidia until I saw the ATI consensus.

Thanks!
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May 13, 2011 5:08:31 AM

sincraft said:
hey guys, thanks for the advice. I was concerned that there would be a bottleneck. You saved me hours of research that would fill my otherwise tiny brain. I need as much room as possible up there.

So, looks like the consensus is ATI. I've had some bad experience with ATI in the past. Any reason why ATI over Nvidia? I had my mind set on nvidia until I saw the ATI consensus.

Thanks!

Because, ATi rocks, just kidding. ATi offers a better product for a lower price. Also, which card have you chosen?
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a c 225 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 7:10:45 PM

Just an FYI, an E8400 @ 3.6ghz can handle SLi'd GTX560's which means it should be able to handle a GTX580 as well, so a GTX570 would run just fine.
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May 13, 2011 7:12:46 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Just an FYI, an E8400 @ 3.6ghz can handle SLi'd GTX560's which means it should be able to handle a GTX580 as well, so a GTX570 would run just fine.

Really? I am pretty sure that is not true, but I don't know everything! :lol: 
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a c 225 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 7:21:55 PM

In the reviews I've seen SLi'd GTX560's consistently do better than a single GTX580 and when my 560's arrived I ran them in my 680i rig for a couple of weeks to both bed them in and to get a baseline to compare with for when I put together the Sandybridge rig.
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May 13, 2011 7:25:33 PM

Mousemonkey said:
In the reviews I've seen SLi'd GTX560's consistently do better than a single GTX580 and when my 560's arrived I ran them in my 680i rig for a couple of weeks to both bed them in and to get a baseline to compare with for when I put together the Sandybridge rig.

Nice! Personal experience beats benchmarks!
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May 13, 2011 7:39:10 PM

HostileDonut said:
Nice! Personal experience beats benchmarks!

Thank you, it's also why I've been staying out of as many 'bottleneck' question threads as can, until now that is. That term really bugs me because it's bandied around so much and most of the time it's being applied incorrectly.
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May 13, 2011 7:41:05 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Thank you, it's also why I've been staying out of as many 'bottleneck' question threads as can, until now that is. That term really bugs me because it's bandied around so much and most of the time it's being applied incorrectly.

Well, if you really have done it, there is really no arguing. You got your SB system built now right?
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May 13, 2011 7:41:39 PM

Okay, I justed looked at your config and yes you did. NICE!
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a c 225 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 7:49:53 PM

It certainly is! :sol:  Defiantly an upgrade IMHO. :lol: 
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May 13, 2011 7:51:27 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It certainly is! :sol:  Defiantly an upgrade IMHO. :lol: 

I would say so! That is one beast of a system! What games do you play? I assume you play games because who buys two GTX 560 Tis and doesn't play games?
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May 13, 2011 7:57:33 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Thank you, it's also why I've been staying out of as many 'bottleneck' question threads as can, until now that is. That term really bugs me because it's bandied around so much and most of the time it's being applied incorrectly.


I have the same annoyance with the term. It's overly used. And the most annoying is when someone suggests to go to a higher Resolution to resolve a bottleneck with the belief it's going to increase FPS.
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May 13, 2011 7:59:25 PM

bystander said:
I have the same annoyance with the term. It's overly used. And the most annoying is when someone suggests to go to a higher Resolution to resolve a bottleneck with the belief it's going to increase FPS.

When you have a bottleneck, there is no way you are going to increase FPS by putting your res higher, it just gives you the same FPS and a better picture to look at.
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May 13, 2011 8:00:17 PM

HostileDonut said:
I would say so! That is one beast of a system! What games do you play? I assume you play games because who buys two GTX 560 Tis and doesn't play games?


If you ever find someone like that, smack 'em! :lol:  I only got it put together last Sunday and the only game installed is Crysis 2 but I do have a bit of a back catalogue to go through and as soon as work slacks off I shall be giving it a proper workout.
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a c 113 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 8:00:19 PM

HostileDonut said:
When you have a bottleneck, there is no way you are going to increase FPS by putting your res higher, it just gives you the same FPS and a better picture to look at.


That's why it's the most annoying one. It makes no sense. (I'm in agreement with you.)
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May 13, 2011 8:01:43 PM

HostileDonut said:
When you have a bottleneck, there is no way you are going to increase FPS by putting your res higher, it just gives you the same FPS and a better picture to look at.

There have been one or two odd cases where that is exactly what does happen though.
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May 13, 2011 8:02:07 PM

bystander said:
That's why it's the most annoying one. It makes no sense. (I'm in agreement with you.)

SWEET! :lol: 
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May 13, 2011 8:02:48 PM

Mousemonkey said:
There have been one or two odd cases where that is exactly what does happen though.

Hhmmmmm, that is odd. I wonder why.
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a c 113 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 8:06:20 PM

HostileDonut said:
Hhmmmmm, that is odd. I wonder why.


There was probably some other things involved, such as bad timing within a graphics engine.
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May 13, 2011 8:08:37 PM

bystander said:
There was probably some other things involved, such as bad timing within a graphics engine.

Yeah, that was my thinking.
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a c 225 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2011 8:08:56 PM

HostileDonut said:
Hhmmmmm, that is odd. I wonder why.

It's to do with the shifting of workload from CPU to GPU and if the game in question is CPU or GPU biased.
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May 13, 2011 8:09:31 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It's to do with the shifting of workload from CPU to GPU and if the game in question is CPU or GPU biased.

Ahhhhh, that makes sense!
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