Need Advice 560 ti v. 6950 v. 480

Hi guys I've been reading the forums for quite sometime never bothered to create an account until now. lol

I am building a new gaming rig for the first time. I got all my components chosen except for the graphics card. I've looked up a bunch about these cards. So I've heard that 1gb of memory won't be enough to satisfy BF3. Also I've seen many people say that the gtx 480 is loud and runs hot but will it run hot in a phantom 410? And I've heard AMD's record of releasing drivers for new games is not so great. Also EVGA is awesome according to many.

As the title says I need help on choosing between these cards:

MSI Twin Frozr Hawk 560 ti 1 gb

HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon 2 gb

EVGA gtx 480 1 gb


BUDGET RANGE: Around $250ish USD for the graphics card

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(BF3, Skyrim, Batman, Assassin's Creed 3, etc), Editing music and video, and basics(microsoft office, internet, etc)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: New system but I will get a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w

CPU: i5 2400
Mobo: Asus p8z68-v le
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16gb
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb
Case: NZXT Phantom 410
Optical drive: Sony blu- ray drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Amazon but others that ship in the US are okay.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Noise is not really an issue since I will game with my headset plugged in so I wouldn't hear the fans hopefully. Will all 3 of these cards be futureproof for 2-3 years? Or even more?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Completely avoid GTX 480 its an old high temperature, power consuming card, not worth by any means . The other two cards is definitely good, and you can go with which ever you like most. Their is no special driver issues with AMD. I have been using there GPU for some years now and not faced any major issues till now. The issues i faced with there driver is some setting on there control panel wont save properly. But that got fixed on some latter driver versions. Driver issues is not unique to AMD it applies to nVidia as well, non is better. I feels you may wait a little more for the Radeon HD 7870 ,nVidia kepler to release............
  2. get an gtx 560ti hawk instead of two its good and stay cools has a great overclocking ability.:)

    gtx 480 is an old tech card then gtx 560ti and it runs hotter so didnt worth it you should get an gtx 560ti which will be good and after overclocking performans very well.

    his 2gb iceq is also good for cooling if u like that it will be also good but in my opinion get the gtx 560ti overclock it be happy and get a good overall performance.:)

    review of gtx 560ti hawk there u can see that it performs better then gtx 480.:)
  3. MSi Hawk all the way!twinfrozer cooler is very good.i think you can easily hit 1ghz on it.and if you can wait a few more days and spend $300 then's newer tech,overclocks like dream,beats 570 in more of the cases and runs cooler.power consumption i low and you can xfire on your 700w psu in future.
  4. If its the end of the month you should wait and see what kind of price/performance point
    kepler brings
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