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Graphics Card and System for Sim Racing

Hi Guys,
Long time reader first time poster (cliche anyone?)

I have been out of the computer sim / sim racing scene for about 4 or 5 years now. I have looked at old threads and reviews etc etc, it needs to be a budget system; I have settled on this but need help with the graphics card. (Any suggestions/recommendations on the rest of the setup will be helpful too if you have any / it needs to be budget but with upgradability - doubt ill be overclocking either cpu/gpu. I want to be able to run Rfactor / iRacing & Rfactor 2 (when .. if it arrives) on full detail @ 1920x1080..

Gigabyte H61M
Intel i3 2100
4gb GSkills NT
Seagate Barra 500gb 7200
Antec Sonata III case (incl. Antec Earthwatts 500w psu)
Now question:

HIS 1gb 6850 $165
HIS 1gb 6870 $189
Gainward 1gb GTX 560 (Not ti) $195

Prices are Australian dollars.

Which is going to give me the results I want?
Which is the best overall performer?
Is the i3 2100 going to be a bottleneck for any of these?
Value for money taking into account my needs?

You advice will be most helpful and I can push the order button.

Also any other suggestions would be most helpful.
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    GTX 560 is the fastest choice here.
    i3 2100 s fine but if you can afford 2400/2500,then go for it.They're both better
  2. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    GTX 560 is the fastest choice here.
    i3 2100 s fine but if you can afford 2400/2500,then go for it.They're both better


    Not so, the 560 and 6870 are about the same.....each coming out on top depending on the game.
  3. Yep,but overall 560 is slightly faster in most games
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-17.html
    And since the price difference isn't much,I'd recommend 560
  4. Maziar said:
    Yep,but overall 560 is slightly faster in most games
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-17.html
    And since the price difference isn't much,I'd recommend 560


    From the review you linked to:

    Crysis 2 - 560 wins
    Bulletstorm - 6870 wins
    Metro 2033 - Tie
    Lost Planet 2 - 560
    A vs P - 6870
    F1 2010 - 6870
    Just Cause 2 - 560
    Hawx 2 - 560

    So that's 4 for 560, 3 for 6870 and 1 tie........hardly faster in most games.

    In addition to this, the last page also shows some interesting data.....where the 560 is more prone to FPS dips than the 6870, which maintains a more consistent level of FPS. Look at the minimum performance of the 560 in the chart, a fair bit lower than the 6870.



    In addition, check out this Guru3D GTX 560 review.

    With a different set of games....the results can change dramatically.

    Modern Warfare 2 - 6870
    Far Cry 2 - 560
    anna 1404 - 6870
    Crysis Warhead - Tie
    Metro 2033 - Tie
    Dirt 2 - 6870
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 - 6870

    When it is also considered that the GTX runs hotter and consumer more power, the GTX seems to pale i comparison when the 6870 offers the same performance levels for less.



  5. oops,my bad.I was talking about the Ti version(just realized that the OP was considering the non Ti version)
    So I agree with JDW here.Go with the 6870.It's cheaper,runs cooler and offers pretty much the same performance
  6. Maziar said:
    oops,my bad.I was talking about the Ti version(just realized that the OP was considering the non Ti version)
    So I agree with JDW here.Go with the 6870.It's cheaper,runs cooler and offers pretty much the same performance


    Indeed, easy mistake to make given the naming structure.

    The Ti is a better card than the 6870, more in line with 6950.
  7. Hi guys thanks for that very helpful info. I have a couple of extra questions now.
    Based on the rest of my system and it's limitations on CPU side of things am I going to see a tangible benefit by going with a GTX 560 compared to say a 6850? Of course there will be a difference but will it be worth the price difference .. Will the i3 2100 be a bottleneck to these cards.

    Based on what you have said and disregarding your answers to the above question .. I have basically settled on these 3 GTXs (fan of nvidia in the past). Please help me with a decision; I have not heard great things about gigabyte cards and is this justified because it looks the most appealing of the 3.

    Gainward gtx 560 - 195 (reference spec) 195
    Gigabyte gtx 560 oc (830mhz core clock) 214
    MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II (not the oc version) 209

    I have also heard that the MSI cooling solution make it a card that is very overclockable. I would be overclocking it if I got that card as from what I have read it can handle it comfortably.

    I am torn between the msi and the gigabyte at this stage and am not wiping the 6870 from the list yet either.
  8. Best answer
    Well,6850 is slower than 560 and in some games it's notable.
    As for CPU,yours fine but a quad core will definitely help
    I recommend 6870 though.It's cheaper than 560 and offers pretty much the same performance with lower power consumption
  9. For the present, the 6850 is still quite an effective cared at 1080p.......but looking forward, going for a 560 (non ti) or 6870 will give you a little more time before needing to upgrade.

    Maziar's recommendation is spot on, the 6870 is a very useful card at 1080p and should remain so for a good length of time.
  10. Just to let you know I have purchased with the 6870 so I've taken on board the great advice. Thanks.
  11. Hope you enjoy it ! :)
  12. Best answer selected by robbie_cozza.
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