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Upgrading 9800 GT. Get a GTX 560 ti, or wait for 600 series to come?

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January 11, 2012 11:13:46 PM

I'm looking to upgrade, since my current EVGA 1GB 9800 GT is holding me back.

Purchase date: Sometime around the next couple months (or when the 6xx series comes out).

Budget: ~$200 - 250 (or less, if any of you can find a nice deal). <$230 after rebates.

Usage: Gaming (playing BF3, Saints Row The Third, Skyrim at high/maxed settings, and games in the future), Photoshop/Illustrator work, some video editing.

Current GPU/PSU: EVGA 9800 GT 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair CX600 (600 watt)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other PC specs:
AMD Phenom II x4 970 @3.5Ghz
Asus M5A87 Motherboard
8GB DDR3 Corsair XMS3 1600mhz
Thermaltake V4 Black Edition case
Stock cooling, 1 200mm fan.

Preffered websites/stores: Frys, NewEgg, TigerDirect, MicroCenter, or any other site that you guys can gladly suggest. :) 

Parts preference: Preferably EVGA, but anything else decent will be fine.

Overclocking: Maybe, if I feel the need to.

SLI: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, but will go 1920x1080 in the future.

Additional comments: Basically, I just want to know what's a good GTX 560 ti to get, and if I should either get it, or wait for the 6xx series to come out.

I'm also looking at the following cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (non-superclocked)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (superclocked)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Twin-Frozr II)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Asus DCII)

Thank you~

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a c 253 U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 11:45:53 PM

Those are all nice cards thyat you listed and you could actually go with any one of them. I would put the MSI card last because I'm not a fan of the cooling solution since it is too open and will tend to blow air into the inside of the computer more then out the back. I would list the Asus card as first choice as I like the cooler on it , then the two Evga cards in the middle. There is one card that you should check out and since I don't know what you have looked at you may or may not have looked at it.

EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know that the card is over your budget but if you were trying to decide if you should wait for the 6xx series or go with something now then you should get a card that is the most performance that you can get if you choose to get one now and not wait. We currently don't have a release date for the new series and what cards will be released first and will the drivers be ready and will there be any bugs. It could be several months before a card will be available for purchase and that could influence you to make a decision to buy now. This card is very close in performance to a 570 and is $50 cheaper. Just something to think about and consider.
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January 12, 2012 1:21:37 AM

inzone said:
Those are all nice cards thyat you listed and you could actually go with any one of them. I would put the MSI card last because I'm not a fan of the cooling solution since it is too open and will tend to blow air into the inside of the computer more then out the back. I would list the Asus card as first choice as I like the cooler on it , then the two Evga cards in the middle. There is one card that you should check out and since I don't know what you have looked at you may or may not have looked at it.

EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know that the card is over your budget but if you were trying to decide if you should wait for the 6xx series or go with something now then you should get a card that is the most performance that you can get if you choose to get one now and not wait. We currently don't have a release date for the new series and what cards will be released first and will the drivers be ready and will there be any bugs. It could be several months before a card will be available for purchase and that could influence you to make a decision to buy now. This card is very close in performance to a 570 and is $50 cheaper. Just something to think about and consider.


Alright, thanks! I'll be considering that for the future.
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January 12, 2012 1:44:23 AM

I agree with inzone 100% I too would like the evga cards to be my number 1 pick but I have to say I love the twin fan's on the Asus. The first card to be released is going to be the Kepler class and they are keeping everything hush hush.

Now the 560 ti 448 core is what they are calling a failed 570 but the 560 does a better job at OC'ing than the 570. I don't know how true this is that they are not making anymore 560 ti 448's so a year from now you might not be able to get them.

My self I am saving up for two of them for myself. For the type of gaming I do they would be perfect and I can get rid of these 550 ti's. Anyway good luck to ya on your choice of cards.
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January 12, 2012 1:50:49 AM

I would recommend the MSI card. Only because with a lot of their video cards they can easily run super cool. With all the 448 core cards, the MSI runs the best. Some reviewers were suprised since Gygabyte had the 3 fans on their I think or something different compare to regular fans, and the MSI Nvidia 560ti 448 still came up on top.

Before my 560, I had a MSI Radeon 5770, god damn that card ran amazing, soo cool. With the awesome temps on the MSI cards you can seriously overclock it a lot and be running at temps that other companies currently run at like ASUS, EVGA, etc.

Edit: Also, yeah the price for the MSI 560ti 448 core is kinda expensive. I don't tend to overclock my video cards that much, but the 448 cores are actually made different compare to the other 560ti's from what I was reading and from the reviews I watched, they said the 448 core video cards are running on the same engine the 570 is. Which the 570s have 480 cores. So like 40 more cores over the 448. By overlocking a MSI, I'm sure you can get somewhat close to what the 570 are running at.

At the moment, nvidia said that the 448 aren't gunna be around much longer, bascially it was a Xmas thing, I'm guessing they will stop making them eventually, or proably already did and what stores have, is what they got. I seen my card go to like $290 now I think, I bought it for $309. To be honest, I was thinking about waiting myself since so many games with nice graphics are coming out and you figure there would be a good video card for reasonable price.

Well according to Nvidia, people would likely wanna upgrade every 10 years I believe it is. Which would bring us to the 8800gts, and from reading reviews and what not, the "560" is today's "8800". If you dont know how the 8800 was, it was just amazing, Nvidia found a card that ran perfect, great overclocker, etc. This is what the 560 is now. There are alraedy 3 different versions which is crazy.

So its honestly what you think, if you really feel like you need to upgrade then do it. But currently, the newer graphic games are like Skyrim, BF3, Batman... hmm and what like SWTOR? Possibly Saints Row 3, but plenty of cards can run that nicely has it is. Personally if I were you since your gunna wanna upgrade that CPU eventually, I would just buy a card for 100$ bucks. Like (i just picked this out quickly) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that card is decent and will run a lot of games currently on high. I think personally you should buy this card... now that Im looking at the stats and reviews. Mainly cause, I honestly dont think there isn't that many good games with AMAZING graphics. Companies are now within the console year, and PC graphics aren't like what they once were. And if you get that card, you can be sure to know that the 560ti will go down in price, and by then, ITS WORTH BUYING.

I should of buy a lower card cause right now, I think BF3 looks fine on low settings. I actually have the 965 version of your CPU, and it runs BF3 just fine when I had my Radeon 5770. So, i dunno lol I know I didnt help ya, but it will give ya and idea about what i think you should do.
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January 12, 2012 2:48:22 AM

I'm personally waiting for the 600 series
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January 22, 2012 3:58:42 AM

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January 22, 2012 5:45:54 AM

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