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GTX 480 or Radeon 6870 for an i5 2500k

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February 20, 2012 12:00:23 AM

So I am building a new computer, mainly to be used for making computer music, 3d modeling and other graphic design, as well as playing some computer games (Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, and Mass Effect 3 are what I look forward to playing) I am not much of a stickler when it comes down to the difference between medium high and ultra high graphics in games. What I care most about is getting my money's worth for this new computer, and the length of time I can stand to go before I have to do some sort of upgrade. This is what I plan to purchase and what I can afford with my budget.


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197


OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017

Logitech K400 (920-003070) Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823126264


Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Item #: N82E16820104173


GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128498

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072


The other stuff i already have here at home. I am deciding between this GTX 480

EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130759

and this Radeon 6870

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

I want to know if by getting the 480 I will be bottlenecking my system with the other stuff I chose, or if it is even worth the extra 80 or so dollars. How long do you think I will be able to "stand" this build? Let me know if you notice any other bottlenecks.
Thanks in advance, Milo

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February 20, 2012 12:37:05 AM
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any other nVidia options...?
and the HD 6870 is weak compared to the GTX 480.
but I'm not recommending the GTX 480 either, how much is the price for the 480.?


i googled Item #: N82E16814130759 and found
EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Was: $299.99
Now: $249.99

for that he could go for a 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 12:38:03 AM

Why such wierd choices? GTX480 is discontinued and HD6870 isn't even in the same class. Why don't you tell us what your budget is.

There would be no bottlenecking even if you had TWO GTX580's. You should be looking at a GTX560ti/HD6950 1GB
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February 20, 2012 12:45:11 AM

If you go with the GTX480, prepare to invest in an extra 200mm case fan, as you'll need better airflow than the Haf-922 provides with just the 3 included fans.

I'd recommend a GTX560Ti 448core or GTX570 as opposed to the GTX480.
February 20, 2012 5:16:40 AM

Best answer selected by miloshcavitch.
February 20, 2012 5:47:38 AM

I'm trying to spend just under 1,000 dollars on the whole system, and i have 2 hard drives already. I really want to know about the difference in graphics for high polygon 3d modelling as well as gaming, between the 6870 and the 560Ti (ie if I will regret choosing the 6870 to save money in 2 years). Would I need an extra 200mm case fan if i choose the 560Ti?
February 20, 2012 5:47:55 AM

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that's where I was going, good catch..
+1

Well 7850 2GB will be faster than a 560ti has more Vram than a 560ti and will take less power than a 560ti all for $249 WHAT A DEAL ! OP just wait a week for the 7850/70
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a c 117 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 8:03:09 AM

miloshcavitch said:
I'm trying to spend just under 1,000 dollars on the whole system, and i have 2 hard drives already. I really want to know about the difference in graphics for high polygon 3d modelling as well as gaming, between the 6870 and the 560Ti (ie if I will regret choosing the 6870 to save money in 2 years). Would I need an extra 200mm case fan if i choose the 560Ti?


really any high end gaming card would be more than suitable for 3d modeling. the fermi gpu that is in the 560ti (gf 110)is a more recent fermi gpu than those used in nvidia's quadro 4/5/6000 workstation series (gf 100)

and since it has usually a max temp of 74c, about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than other cards in its class, you may not need another fan, but there is no such things as too much airflow.
February 20, 2012 1:50:56 PM

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without knowing the monitor set-up I'd say it's a good deal.
the norm is becoming a 1080P resolution and 1Gb of VRAM is still good enough for that.
higher resolutions will take advantage of 2GB VRAM as it's also good for multiple monitor set-ups.
2GB VRAM might also be considered future-proofing.

but GTX 560 Ti in sale on newegg for $225 over the weekend.
good deal.

I'm curious to see what the HD 7870 will be like and wish they made it a HD 7890 instead but oh well.
expect prices to drop real soon from nVidia and Radeon when the GTX 6 series is released and Radeon releases the rest of theirs...

good times for consumers are coming if looking for GPU's..
enjoy your purchase.

We will not see price drops when all the new Radeons and Nvidias are out however what we will see is the Radeon 6850/70 drop out of production EOL and as well the GTX 460 is EOL while supply's last. 560ti is kind of in a bad stop right now with the 7850 launching any day now @ $249 and then will be the GTX 570 beater 7870 then @ just about GTX 580 just under 7950 we will see the 7890 @ $350 which is pretty much a slightly striped down version of a 7950 in the same fashion of the GTX 448 cores but faster, cooler, and lower power consumption. http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/smilies/lov...
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February 20, 2012 2:03:12 PM

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