Recommendations for GPU on my new build.

Purchase date: Somewhere between now, and end of next month. I'm trying to watch for deals and order parts when websites have a component for some bucks off.

Budget range: I can be flexible on this, but $270ish is about the most I'd want to go.

Usage: I play TF2, Left 4 dead series, Bioshock series on a 1920 x 1080 monitor but also have a second 1280 x 1024 monitor that I browse the web or run a virtual machine on while in game. I'm also interested in going to a 3 monitor setup in the future.

Current GPU: Right now I'm currently running a Sapphire 4870 with a Xigmatek 750 watt PSU. This is on my AMD Phenom build which will cease to exist in the near future once I have all of the components for my Intel build.

System Specs for new build: Intel i5 2500k

MoBo will more than likely be this: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

Ram should be 16 GB of this: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

I'm reusing my Xigmatek 750 PSU for this build.

This is going in a Antec 900 case.

Preferred sites: Newegg, TigerDirect, and possibly Amazon. I'm in the U.S.

No parts preference other than reputable manufacturers. I'm open to either ATI or Nvidia cards.

Overclocking is something I may dabble with at some point. Crossfire or SLI I would imagine is going to need to be a possibility in the future with my interest in going with 3 monitors at some point.

Monitor resolution: Any additional monitors that I add will be 1920 x 1080 with the intention of having three at this resolution.

So far I've been eyeing up a 560ti Nvidia card. Primarily this one: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5
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  1. For $270.00 i would most certainly go with either a GTX 560Ti 448 core or an AMD HD Radeon 6950 2-GB.

    In one hand:
    In some cases you can find a 6950 that can be unlocked to 6970 levels which basically makes your 6950 a stock 6970 after you unlock shaders and OC.

    On the other hand:
    The GTX 560Ti can be overclocked quite well, i usually see about 1000+ for the GPU core on average.

    Find a number of each and go with the lowest priced.
  2. You might want to wait for the HD 7850/7870 - set to be released next week. Should be in the $270 range. Very low power consumption and they have the new GCN architecture (better for DX11 games than anything else on the market).
  3. I agree with jessterman. Wait for radeon 7800 series then make your choice.
  4. Yes, 7870. The 6950's cant be unlocked anymore and are getting hard to find (newegg only has one). A lot of companies may have stopped making them.
  5. ... or you could wait for the 78xx series cards to arrive...
  6. Thanks for the input everyone. Hopefully I can wait this out. I order the Mobo and memory today when I didn't even plan on that until at least next week. I'll probably order the water cooler for the CPU next week and leave the video card for the week after or possibly 2.
  7. jonpaul37 said:
    ... or you could wait for the 78xx series cards to arrive...


    GTX 560ti is a great card too, with plenty of overclocking headroom.
  8. Lots of OC headroom on the 560Ti, wouldn't mind seeing Nvidia drop the prices on those after kepler release...
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