I'm on the fence about a graphics upgrade on my computer. I currently have a radeon 6770. i built this on a 600$ budget. I have been slowly upgrading my computer. I know the 480 is higher in benchmarks but theyre is one on newegg for 200$ on sale. But which one is louder and runs cooler.
The gtx480 performs similar (nearly the same) to the gtx570. However the gtx480 runs quite a bit hotter than the gtx560ti, and a louder. The 400's series ran quite hot, the 500's were an improvement. However as JackNaylorPE said you could wait for the 660ti, and it will be better, and run cooler. Also the gtx480 uses more power than the gtx560ti.
i was only thinking the 480 because of how low priced it was 210$. I don't want to buy a new motherboard for 3.0. Maybe i'll i could get some more $ and get a 6950 2gb.i like the 680 but theyre out of stock almost everywhere and work is slow.
Don't worry, you don't need a PCIE 3.0 motherboard, as the 3.0 cards are backwards compatible with PCIE 2.0. Also there is no difference in performance when running a PCIE 3.0 card in a PCIE 2.0 motherboard. The only time you will see a difference with PCIE 2.0 is if you run two or more cards in SLI, and even then the difference is marginal. So don't worry about that. Well the 480 for $210 is a nice deal, as it performs like a more expensive gtx570. However if you can wait that would open up more possibilities, as Nvidia should release more cards soon.
I would go for the 480 gtx. Even if its hotter and draws more heat i honestly don't even notice the fan noise over my case fans and if you have evga precision enabled it automatically cools it with the best premade cooling preset for the gtx 480.
For $210 it is a very nice deal, you would be getting more performance than from the gtx 560ti. The cards run hotter, but they don't overheat, plus you can set the fan on manual and cool it down further.