New Gaming Rig: Need Advice on GPU/Components

Hey guys, building myself a new gaming rig and I would like some advice/critiques on the parts I have chosen. My budget was honestly around $1500, but I have given myself a little bit more room for the cost of the GPU.

I am torn in deciding between the 6870 (seems like a great card for the current price) and the 570 (considerably more expensive).

The 570 I'm looking at: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

The 6870 I'm looking at: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

The main aspect I'm trying to achieve in this build is 'Cool and Quiet'. That 570 card definitely is just that but comes at a premium of $170.

I will be gaming at 1980x1080 on a single monitor, and from the bench-marking I have looked up between the two cards, it is hard to say which I should go with from a performance perspective: Bench-mark. (I can see that the 570 in those tests does pull ahead of the 6870, but I am speaking in price vs. performance here.)

I dunno which one to choose, any advice to help push me one way or the other would be appreiated! ^^
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  1. pick 6870, imo you can pick sapphire (a bit cheaper)
  2. Hmm, not much benefit in the 570 then? Since its only 2 tiers above the 6870 as apposed to the recommended 3.
  3. domobon said:
    Hmm, not much benefit in the 570 then? Since its only 2 tiers above the 6870 as apposed to the recommended 3.

    What they mean is that your new card should be 3 tiers above the card you allready have. Personally I would spend less on case, RAM and PSU. Then use that money to buy a faster video card than 6870. That's just me though.
  4. That is a bit overkill on the PSU. I picked up a nice Corsair 650w modular for under $100. Stick to a nice name brand, but you don't need those kind of watts.
  5. Thanks for all the comments so far guys! ^^

    I guess what it comes down to is this: $350 is sort of my limit for what I wanted to spend on a GPU.

    With that said I wanted to know if spending that kind of money on a 570 was worth it and if there was anything else in between the cost of the 6870 and 570 that would be better.

    As far as the PSU goes, I was under the impression that with all the fans/radiator, OC'ing the 2500k, OC'ing that 570 (if I got it) that 850W wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Anywho, please keep the feedback coming! ^^
  6. wel firstl, change mobo to asus maximum gene-z :D . change ram to g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb cuz games only use like 8gb of ram ;) and corsair is taller than g.skill and can get in the way. also the samsung ecogreen is only 3.0gb/s :??: spend an extra 10$ 'n' get a wd caviar black 1.5tb. and that psu is way overkill how about a corsair tx550, or if u want some more headroom a tx650. and u dont need that extra fan :non: but if u really want an extra fan than get a xigmatek extreme silent 120mm (12cm.) and if your building a computer (i believe we've already established that :sol: ) your gonna need an optical drive theres a lg black 12x bd-rom 4 only 60$ on newegg :ouch: . and since the 2500k isnt the MOST advanced cpu you dont need liquid cooling 4 it :o might i suggest the cooler master hyper 212 evo. and if i had the money id get a 570 if i could.
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