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Few questions about current GPU's (confused)

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June 7, 2011 12:14:59 PM

So I'm down to a few models and my main question is...is the next step up really worth an extra $75-$105? I would prefer to go with the cheaper option if it's not a substantial difference...I want to be able to justify spending the extra money.

1) EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 (02G-P3-1559-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Chipset(951MHz) 2048MB GDDR5 Memory(4356MHz) Dual-DVI/MIni-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 $170

OR?

2) EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1567-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset(900MHz) 1024MB GDDR5 Memory(4212MHz) Dual-DVI/MIni-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 $235


3) EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1557-KR) nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Chipset 1024MB DDR5 Memory Dual Display DVI-I/Mini-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 $120

OR?

4) EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1567-AR) nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Chipset(900MHz) 1024MB GDDR5 Memory(4212MHz) Dual-DVI/MIni-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 $225


On Canada Computers it says that card 1 and 2 are powered by ATI but I don't see this?


So out of these is it worth to buy the more expensive one?

Or another final option is to get either

ATI - Asus EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 DirectCU ATI Radeon HD 6850 Chipset (790MHz ) 1GB (4.0Ghz) GDDR5 Dual Display DVI/DisplayPort PCI-Express 2.1 Graphics Card $165

OR

ATI - Asus EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 DirectCU ATI Radeon HD 6870 Chipset (915MHz ) 1GB (4.2Ghz) GDDR5 Dual Display DVI/DisplayPort PCI-Express 2.1 Graphics Card $190

Thanks for the help and in clearing up the confusion with the products for me. Also if you have a suggestions for a GPU not in my list, please feel free to suggest it.

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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 3:38:32 PM

Well, do you have a specific budget? Also, what resolution you'll be playin' at?

To choose the "correct" video card, we need to know what's your monitor resolution and if you can, the rest of your system spec (CPU and RAM actually).

Cheers!
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June 7, 2011 10:58:33 PM

Resolution 1680/1050

I'm building a new system, with a Intel i5-2500, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset, 4-8gb or Gskill Ripjaw RAM, but like I said, if I get a little bit more performance from the cards that cost $100 more, what's the point? I'd rather spend less, and maybe toss 2 of the cheaper ones in there, like having one overpriced card...thanks for the help btw.
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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:42:43 PM

For your setup, the right options are in an ordero from cheap to expensive;

Radeons HD 5770, HD 6850,( HD 6870 this is a Monster for your monitor resolution)

Nvidia GTX 550ti, GTX 460, GTX 560, ( GTX 560ti this is a Monster for your monitor resolution)
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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:58:31 PM

I agree with Pez. And also add that the 6850 has one of the best scaling of all dual set up cards IMO (it's right beside the GTX460 1GB in scaling), so the best one for you ATM is the 6850. Also, it's usually very cheap. The GTX460 1GB is also a very good option, so you could get the cheapest one now.

And if you feel perf is somewhat down or want to upgrade the monitor (bigger res), you can slap the second one down the road and have a blast XD

Cheers!

EDIT: Missing word, lol.
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June 8, 2011 2:57:58 AM

Thanks for the reply..

I forgot to mention that I want to play all the latest games on the highest settings and hope to continue this for at least a year or two down the road...

Should I still go with the cheaper option and perhaps toss a second of the same once the time comes?

How is the GTX 460 outperforming these newer cards? Clearly the speeds are slower on the specs sheets....Can someone point me to a good review?

Also, 5770 seems to outperform the 6850? Unless again the technical specs are not related to their actual performance.
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June 8, 2011 3:43:32 AM

If you have the money to spend, I would get one card that would last for a couple years. I would suggest either the 560 ti or a 6950.

Both come out to about the same price and offer great performance and should play any game at max settings for a few years.
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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 5:12:17 AM

Tom's: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

Anand's: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...

Those are launch articles, so drivers and "old" games are tested in there.

This one shows a 6950 in the mix and a GTX560ti too: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...

2 6850's (1 now and 1 down the road) or 1 6950 right now, seems like a good option. The Antec 380 should be fine with the 6950 too, but if you're thinking about getting the later, then aim for a 420w or more.

Cheers!
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June 8, 2011 10:29:38 AM

Thanks for the reviews....

I have a OCZ GameXtreme 700w which I'm recycling from my old system, as well as other things...

Seems the 5870 is the way to go, although quite pricey at this point, but I'll keep an eye out for rebates.

If not, than maybe a GTX 460 or if the GTX560 drops more than that one...

Or Maybe 2 6850's :) 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 11:52:45 AM

The HD5870 is outdated and not generally well priced. Dunno why you think it would be the way to go.
The HD6850 or GTX 460 would be good choices for the money and for your resolution. The HD6870 is also worth it if you want something to let you max out everything for a longer time.
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June 8, 2011 1:31:47 PM

jyjjy said:
The HD5870 is outdated and not generally well priced. Dunno why you think it would be the way to go.
The HD6850 or GTX 460 would be good choices for the money and for your resolution. The HD6870 is also worth it if you want something to let you max out everything for a longer time.


I guess I just thought because of all the reviews that it was better, but yes it is priced high...I will either go with the 460, or 550's....maybe the 6850....we'll see, still got a few weeks to decide, maybe some rebates will appear that are not there right now...
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June 8, 2011 1:52:16 PM

Could someone please go to www.directcanada.com and help me with the GTX460's...there is 8 of them if I count the one for $400+....
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June 8, 2011 10:44:09 PM

Yuka said:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD7642&v...

For the price difference, that one is a very good choice of a GTX460. Didn't find the $400 GTX460, though.

Cheers!



Could you please look at the site again and look specifically at EVGA GTX 460 models...there are some with 850mhz memory clock.
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a b U Graphics card
June 9, 2011 4:36:50 AM

For the price difference, the Asus takes my vote. Why? Both video cards have the VRAM clocked at the same speed, so the core speed difference will be less noticeable; besides, you can OC it yourself without much problem.

Here's the specific review of that video card (the EVGA 460 FTW): http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-geforce-gtx-46...

Cheers!
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June 9, 2011 5:58:57 PM

Thanks for all the help Yuka.
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