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Can't settle on GPU for latest build - please advise!

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January 8, 2012 1:54:20 PM

Hi -

Got my new build all specced out but am vacillating on the graphics card - appreciate any input!

1. GTX 560ti - $229.99

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROS - Price!!! Great card (especially for what I typically run - SWTOR, Diablo 3 (when it comes out), Witcher 2 (when I buy it)), future SLI if I want (want to stick with one card for now)

CONS - Not sure if it's as future-proof as 570, and I can afford more card

2. GTX 570 1.28 gb - $349.99

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROS - seems to be the sweet spot card for performance and price, will easily run anything I throw at it, can upgrade to SLI later

CONS - Price (although I can afford the extra $120), Question of "Is $120 worth the extra 15% jump in performance?", price will likely come down in near future when next gen of cards comes out (which I've read is soon)

3. GTX 570 2.56 gb - $409.99

025-P3-1579-AR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 HD 2560MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PROS - More memory than #2, seems future-proof

CONS - At this price, might as well put a GTX 580 in the box

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I think #3 is out of the question unless I could get it for price of #2. I guess the bottom line question is "Is the $120 price difference between 560ti and 570 worth the relatively small jump in performance?" Especially since prices will likely come down in the near future.

Am I better off getting a 560ti right now and then upgrading in a year or get 570 and hold onto it longer?

Appreciate any feedback!

Thanks!

R

January 8, 2012 2:04:50 PM

fireketchup said:
Hello, I'm not an expert myself, but while you wait for someone to reply I thought you might like to read this article if you haven't already - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html. Its how I decided on my card.

edit: fixed the link


Thanks man - when I clicked on the link, I got the below error message - is there another link?


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January 8, 2012 2:05:33 PM

NM - replied while you fixed the link - lmao
January 8, 2012 2:05:40 PM

Yeah, it was including the period at the end of the sentence in the link. Fixed it though. :) 
January 8, 2012 2:17:46 PM

you got 1 more choice....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $185 after rebate

although it is clocked at 835 mhz... but hey... time time around msi afterburner comes in handy... you can overclock it as much as it can handle... it's hard to beat this for the price....
January 8, 2012 2:19:18 PM

anandtech's benchmarks can sometimes be a bit off, but i think this is pretty telling.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=306

for what you want to do, i personally think right now that the 560ti will be the better value, because it will play Diablo 3 at the highest settings easily. in most games, the 570 gets 5-10 FPS more. my personal philosophy is that the increase has to be at least 10 FPS more than what you're getting. No one notices an average increase of 4 FPS.

That being said, i personally like to try and futureproof myself, so i would spend the extra $$ on the 570 and be a bit more futureproof. The only way to guarantee playing games at higher levels for the next year or two would be to get a 580, but it seems that is out of your price range.

now, the 560ti is a bit more powerful than my 6870, which defaults to a mixture of medium/high settings on the witcher 2, with about 30-50 FPS. so you will prolly get a bit more FPS (like 5-15 more) at the same settings. in short, you'll be satisfied with both cards i think.
January 8, 2012 2:48:53 PM

paradoxeternal said:
anandtech's benchmarks can sometimes be a bit off, but i think this is pretty telling.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/330?vs=306

for what you want to do, i personally think right now that the 560ti will be the better value, because it will play Diablo 3 at the highest settings easily. in most games, the 570 gets 5-10 FPS more. my personal philosophy is that the increase has to be at least 10 FPS more than what you're getting. No one notices an average increase of 4 FPS.

That being said, i personally like to try and futureproof myself, so i would spend the extra $$ on the 570 and be a bit more futureproof. The only way to guarantee playing games at higher levels for the next year or two would be to get a 580, but it seems that is out of your price range.

now, the 560ti is a bit more powerful than my 6870, which defaults to a mixture of medium/high settings on the witcher 2, with about 30-50 FPS. so you will prolly get a bit more FPS (like 5-15 more) at the same settings. in short, you'll be satisfied with both cards i think.


Thanks for the anandtech link - interesting stuff.

Not so much that the 580 is out of my price range, just wasn't sure if it was worth the extra $ - have read some comments where the jump from 570 to 580 really isn't worth the extra cost, but man that 580 is a sweet card. After reading some reviews and poking around a bit and looking at this from a cost-benefit basis, I really think the question comes down to a 560ti or a 580.

This 580 looks sweet:

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But it's also nearly twice the price of a 560ti.

So what I'm debating is - pay twice the price and have top of the line, which probably isn't needed for what I do, but future-proof (as much future-proof as you can get with computers) for the next couple of years.

OR

Save a couple hundred (not a bad idea in this economy) because I'm still going to have a great system that will be fine for what I use for at least the next year if not two, and then upgrade just the card later.

hmmmmmmmmmmm

January 8, 2012 4:07:33 PM

with the games you play, that gtx 580 would easily serve you for 2-3 years. i would spend the extra money if you have it
January 8, 2012 4:14:07 PM

gtx 580 if your spending $400 on a 570 get the 580 instead and don't spend more than $260 on a 560 ti but they're not exactly futureproof the 7970 stomps them down maybe the prices will stay the same but then again maybe they will go down
January 8, 2012 7:09:46 PM

Thanks everyone!

Decided to go with the GTX 580 - Go Big or Go Home, right?

Ordering parts today and building next weekend - psyched!

R
January 8, 2012 10:01:14 PM

cool, congrats. what is the rest of your build like?
January 9, 2012 2:12:01 AM

paradoxeternal said:
cool, congrats. what is the rest of your build like?


Here's the whole build - pretty psyched to put it all together next weekend - will be my first build from the case up - last build I did I used old case and hard drives and just replaced motherboard, cpu, and gpu.

Came in at just under $1600.

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - PURCHASED - $193.97

MOTHERBOARD - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - PURCHASED - $172.33

GPU - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $469.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233186

HD 1 - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $214.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226225

HD 2 - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $129.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] rue&Page=2

PS - Antec CP-850 850W - $114.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024

CPU COOLER - Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler - $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0Mugen%203

OPTICAL DRIVE - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - $55.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135247

CASE - Antec Performance One Series P183 V3 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $139.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129174
January 9, 2012 5:11:19 AM

the links are broken, but it looks overall to be a fantastic build that CPU+GPU with good memory and the SSD make it absolutely a top tier computer. enjoy it!
January 9, 2012 5:16:54 AM

What is your GPU Budget btw?
January 9, 2012 5:34:59 AM

If you can wait you should wait. AMD just released their 7970, and in a couple of months newer cards should be coming out which mean prices will be changing a lot. So, you might save some money waiting, or you can save your money till newer cards come out and pick one then.
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