The 7850 looks really nice for only $30 more. Better fps, uses less electricity, and stays cooler. Should i go with nvidia or amd because nvidia seems to have a little bit better software. I really dont know much because this is my first computer build and i primarily play games on ps3.
Well ya can't actually buy a 7850 .... AFAIK, they won't be available for another month about which time I expect we'll see the 650 / 660. I never buy cards between January and June because I don't like the risk w/ 1st gen hardware, last year's is being faded out,the new non-refernce designs haven't been released as yet and the driver bugaboos are still running rampant.
Unless I misinterpreted the THG article, there will not be a single "reference" 7850 released. That tells me that every vendor has an issue or 2 with the base reference design and their fortunes will be better served with beefed up models.
So yes, if ya get 560 Ti's now, you might have some buyer's remorse a few months down the road, but I don't see ya escaping that with a "1st on the shelves" version of the 7850 or 650/660. If ya gonna wait, I'd wait till Memorial Day weekend (May 31)
if you have a gpu now then wait for the 78XX to roll around maybe even wait a little longer for a decent aftermarket model from ASUS or MSI, etc. personally I think those models will likley represent great performance/dollar. By that time some of the kepler offerings should be available.
Bottom line is wait 2-3 months and you will be happier with your purchase. The 560ti is a great card too, but you may want to wait it out a little longer for an overall better deal
my situation is that i want to buy a computer within the next month, the family laptop is not doing well. Im only going to be using it for two years then buy a new one. Its a family computer. Im going to be using it for a little gaming until im out of high school in two years. so i really dont care about kelper. Just straight up which is going to be better and is going to last longer.
If you really don't care about Kepler, as mentioned go with the AMD card. However, when Kepler comes out, all the prices on older architecture cards, as well as the current generation of AMD cards are likely going to change based on where Kepler ends up falling in the price-to-performance stack of things. Why would you not want to wait a month or so to see if you budget would allow a better card than either of those you've listed? What are the other components you are selecting for you computer?
For $1165 including shipping. My Mom decided we were going to buy online and ordering off of cyberpowerpc.com She doesnt want to mess with building one.
Azza Toledo 301
GigaByte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard
Corsair 8GB Ram
Radeon HD 7850 or gtx 560 ti
LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive
Asus Xonar DG
Asus VS247H-P LCD
Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Here is a link to the Tom's Hardware benchs on the 7850 with at 560ti in the line up. Several pages to them, but it's pretty clear that the 7850 has an edge over thee 560ti on the majority of their tests.
Note that you are limited to x4 on the second PCIe slot on this motherboard, so i would consider a slight upgrade to this if you want to CrossFire or SLI down the road. You could also change the case out for for the 912 suggested by Azeem (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but i personally feel 2 120mm fans for cooling is a little on the weak side.