Advice on selecting a GPU ($150-$200 range)

Hey guys

My 9800GT is finally getting old for me and I want to upgrade my GPU. My price range is $150 to $200
I was looking at the following cards:
- GTX 560
- HD 6870
- HD 5850


My current setup:
AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHZ
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
9800GT 512MB

What do you guys suggest?
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  1. Out of those the GTX560ti would be the fastest card. What PSU do you have(model and brand)?
  2. ionut19 said:
    Out of those the GTX560ti would be the fastest card. What PSU do you have(model and brand)?

    Oh the GTX560 is the non ti version. I have a 550W antec psu
  3. What model? The 560 needs 24 amps(recommended).

    Do you plan to use SLI or crossfire in the future? Does your motherboard support 2 video cards? What model and brand is your motherboard. If it supports SLI buy the nvidia, if it supports crossfire buy 6870 if you want to use 2 video cards.

    I don't know the performance of the non TI version right now. Did not get the chance to search or read anything about it. Basically it's a stripped down version of the TI model, much like the GTX460 1Gb and 768mb. This version only has 336 cores, while the GTX560 Ti version has 384 cores.

    I would invest a little more and buy the ti model since the difference in price is not that big. This is 230$ with mail in rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604 .
    System Requirements
    500 Watt or greater power supply (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)
  4. Resolution? Can your motherboard overclock?
  5. ionut19 said:

    System Requirements
    500 Watt or greater power supply (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)

    Remember, that is the recommended power for the complete system, not just the video card.
  6. can you send a link to the EXACT model of your 550W antec psu
  7. HD5850s are quite cheap today and that's why i recommend it, it's not much slower than 6870 and 560.
  8. I apologize for the lack of details.

    My PSU is Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V: Newegg link -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    Motherboard is ASRock M3A770DE. I'm not planning on crossfire or SLI btw. Mobo link -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

    and my resolution is 1680x1050
  9. shrkbay said:
    HD5850s are quite cheap today and that's why i recommend it, it's not much slower than 6870 and 560.

    Yeah I'm reading they have the best price/performance ratio but is it worth spending the extra $50 for the GTX 560?
  10. at that resolution and with that cpu (not OCd)
    i would go with the HD5850 or something similar
    the $50 price difference wouldnt be worth it
    for the performance gained (minimal difference in that setup)
  11. I have a Core2duo at 2.93 and I wouldnt get crazy with a card since
    it would just be bottlenecked anyway
  12. king smp said:
    I have a Core2duo at 2.93 and I wouldnt get crazy with a card since
    it would just be bottlenecked anyway

    Thanks for your advice. So you are saying a GTX 560 would bottleneck my CPU?
  13. I am pretty sure that the GTX 560 would be BNd by the CPU
    unless you overclock
    remember most games run on two cores
    very few use the 4 cores
    so you are basically using a dual core 2.93 to play games
    your chip is respectable but to take full advantage of a card
    like a GTX 560 you would need a good OC
    even some of the I5/I7s are bottlenecks for the higher end cards

    I would consider a GTX460 1gb to a good match for your CPU
    get one of the good 460 OC editions like asus or HIS make
    asus has the great Direct CU cooling and HIS has the IceQ series
    if you OC the GTX 460 (ocing gpu is EASY)
    then at your res you would be able to play any game
    at good settins
    also save yourself some bucks for future build (bulldozer?)
  14. Ah I did not know that games only use 2 cores. Thing is the GTX 460 1GB is $200 and the HD 5850 is $150, I'm guessing the 5850 is the best bet?
  15. HD 6870.
  16. nitric0 said:
    Ah I did not know that games only use 2 cores. Thing is the GTX 460 1GB is $200 and the HD 5850 is $150, I'm guessing the 5850 is the best bet?

    At those prices the HD5850 is certainly the much better choice. Even for the same price the HD5850 is a better card IMO.
  17. lisen to jyjjy
    he is wise beyond years :)
  18. Thanks for your help guys. I think I will get the HD 5850 :D!
  19. yea, 50$ more for 560 is a huge waste, OCing 5850 is as easy as 460 and many other cards
  20. I actually had one last question. Would my cpu bottle neck the 560ti?
  21. It depends on the specific game/settings/resolution.
  22. No, it probably would not.
  23. jyjjy said:
    It depends on the specific game/settings/resolution.

    I only play on 1680x1050 but lets say I try running Crysis maxed out with 4xAA, would I get everything out of the cpu/gpu?

    and in what case would cause the bottleneck?
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