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April 30, 2012 4:35:47 PM

Hello,

I'm currently running a Nvidia 460GTX 1GB card, what is an upgrade card for roughly $250? I'm willing to wait till Nvidia releases the 660ti or gtx but would rather purchase now.

I've got a Corsair HX850 PSU, and a Monitor running at 1920x1080, not worried about the card length as I'm using the Corsair 800d.

Currently running:
Intel i5 750 1156 @ 2.8ghz
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3

If it helps any

Games I'll be playing, Diablo 3, Tera Online, World Of Warcraft, and I'll be getting BF3.



Thanks...

I'll probally wait for the 660ti or the 660gtx, and probally by then will save more money for the ivy.

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April 30, 2012 4:55:50 PM

I'd rather stick with Nvidia due to physx, so probally will wait till the 660's come out
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April 30, 2012 5:31:56 PM

Just to say I don't think of the games you're planning on playing support PhysX. I understand if you're hesitant to switch brands though. The red team would gladly welcome you ;) 

7850 vs 460 1GB - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=542
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April 30, 2012 5:40:58 PM

i'd say there is no point in waiting for kepler with that budget as nvidia gtx 680 is near 500 pound in the uk so gtx 650 or 660 will probably be hitting the 150-300 pound barrier which is way above your budget whereas for your budget the gtx 560 is your best option.

on a side note the gtx 560 is in many ways better, first of all the price is great, also to be able to take the full potential of kepler you'd want ivybridge and a pcie 3.0 motherboard. and remember most applications or games don't demand much graphic power that kepler has to offer.
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April 30, 2012 5:44:39 PM

techguy98 said:
i'd say there is no point in waiting for kepler with that budget as nvidia gtx 680 is near 500 pound in the uk so gtx 650 or 660 will probably be hitting the 150-300 pound barrier which is way above your budget whereas for your budget the gtx 560 is your best option.

on a side note the gtx 560 is in many ways better, first of all the price is great, also to be able to take the full potential of kepler you'd want ivybridge and a pcie 3.0 motherboard. and remember most applications or games don't demand much graphic power that kepler has to offer.


Yeah I've understood that also but have read else where the 650 or 660 is in the 250 - 300 range. I'd get the 560 ti 448 now but that's also $300. If I get that Kepler I might upgrade to the ivybridge & pcie 3.0 motherboard later on this year and that would be one less thing to purchase.
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April 30, 2012 5:52:52 PM

This is a nice chart for vid card comparison.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

It seems for the price and according to this chart and even others the gtx 560 ti or 480 is great bang for buck. This is coming from someone who uses amd cards only so far. Actually I do have the M460 in my laptop, but compared to any desktop GPU its crap.
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April 30, 2012 5:55:20 PM

if you are going to get ivybridge then i'd say you may aswell get kepler but i've found gtx 560's for 244 dollars on newegg
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April 30, 2012 5:58:40 PM

not for the 560 ti 448 not for 244, the cheapest 560ti 448 is roughly 270
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April 30, 2012 6:00:06 PM

Stubs101 said:
This is a nice chart for vid card comparison.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

It seems for the price and according to this chart and even others the gtx 560 ti or 480 is great bang for buck. This is coming from someone who uses amd cards only so far. Actually I do have the M460 in my laptop, but compared to any desktop GPU its crap.


I've looked at the chart and it looks pretty good, also them 480's run a bit hot I hear so that's not an option I'll go
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April 30, 2012 6:02:40 PM

If you arent going to kepler the 580's are right around 300 and still dropping so that is an option for a few more dollars.
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April 30, 2012 6:03:16 PM

jessterman21 said:
The HD 7850 is an incredible buy considering power usage, temp, and overclockability, but the BEST deal right now is this GTX 480 for $210. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That's the 480 I was looking at via the chart, thing is they run a bit warm/hot and that card only has a 3 year warranty
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April 30, 2012 6:05:31 PM

gamer2k1 said:
That's the 480 I was looking at via the chart, thing is they run a bit warm/hot and that card only has a 3 year warranty


480's perform great but are hot, loud and power hungry cards
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April 30, 2012 6:09:00 PM

If I was going with the kepler probally best to wait then and go after the 660's and pair it with the ivybridge later on this year? How are the 580's and would I see a bottleneck with the i5 750 @ 3.8ghz oc'd from 2.8ghz?
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April 30, 2012 10:46:10 PM

jessterman21 said:
The HD 7850 is an incredible buy considering power usage, temp, and overclockability, but the BEST deal right now is this GTX 480 for $210. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Since you mentioned the 7850, how about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... its $270, I can spend that without problems if the 7850 is worth the price, I'm looking for something that will last me awhile not willing to upgrade the gpu after I purchase a new one for awhile.
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May 1, 2012 12:14:36 AM

I think you already know your answer as you said in the beginning. At ur 250 budget the 560 ti is your best and only choice since the 480 is to hot. Assuming the 660 ti or gtx is in your price range when they come out they will probably be better and you can always check reviews if not the other cards will hopefully have come down in price a bit. I think you should save your money and wait. Nothing annoys me more than when I spend a bunch a dough for some crappy improvements. Based on chart of my previous post the gtx 460 to 560 ti is a 22% improvement.

Also I hear that the Ivybridge is not worth the money compared to like the 2600k sandybridge. All you gain is two extra cores(dependign on the Cpu and which most programs wont use) PCI e 3 (which only is for the newest cards) and x16 by x16 for dual GPU (which is only makes a significant difference for above 1080p res). Just some food for thought.
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May 1, 2012 12:22:06 AM

Stubs101 said:
I think you already know your answer as you said in the beginning. At ur 250 budget the 560 ti is your best and only choice since the 480 is to hot. Assuming the 660 ti or gtx is in your price range when they come out they will probably be better and you can always check reviews if not the other cards will hopefully have come down in price a bit. I think you should save your money and wait. Nothing annoys me more than when I spend a bunch a dough for some crappy improvements. Based on chart of my previous post the gtx 460 to 560 ti is a 22% improvement.

Also I hear that the Ivybridge is not worth the money compared to like the 2600k sandybridge. All you gain is two extra cores(dependign on the Cpu and which most programs wont use) PCI e 3 (which only is for the newest cards) and x16 by x16 for dual GPU (which is only makes a significant difference for above 1080p res). Just some food for thought.


Thanks for the response Stubs101, no I didn't know my answer which is why I posted and asking for advice, I said I'd be willing to wait for the 660ti or gtx if its worth it, also the 560 ti I'd be going for would be the 560ti 448 thing is I'd hate to buy the card today and tomorrow something comes out makes the card I bought out dated, thing is also I'm hoping a card I do get will last me a few years.
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May 1, 2012 12:32:59 AM

gamer2k1 said:
Since you mentioned the 7850, how about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... its $270, I can spend that without problems if the 7850 is worth the price, I'm looking for something that will last me awhile not willing to upgrade the gpu after I purchase a new one for awhile.

The HD 7850 is the new best deal for maxing out today's games at 1080p. As far as lasting you a while, sure it will, but games will get more and more demanding - so you'll be dropping settings to high and the medium in a few years. Same applies to the GTX 560ti/570.
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May 1, 2012 12:38:16 AM

jessterman21 said:
The HD 7850 is the new best deal for maxing out today's games at 1080p. As far as lasting you a while, sure it will, but games will get more and more demanding - so you'll be dropping settings to high and the medium in a few years. Same applies to the GTX 560ti/570.


Thank you Jesterman21, if I can pull 50+ FPS in BF3 on High or maybe higher that's all I'd want, but mainly going for the games I've listed ie: World Of Warcraft & its expansion, Tera Online, BF3, Diablo 3 and few others. The other question I do have assuming I go for a 7850 it should preform pretty good and is there a bottle neck with the i5 750 @ 2.8ghz but I've oc'd that to 3.5ghz.
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May 1, 2012 12:48:27 AM

Only new card available in ur price range is Amd 7850. It will be better if u wait for the new nvidia mid range cards release. It wont help u much. Nvidia is unable to supply its flagship 680, m just wondering how they r going to supply rest of their new cards. From realistic point of view u will have to settle with one of new AMD card or go for older Nvidia cards.
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May 1, 2012 1:08:12 AM

Maybe I'll wait for a possible GTX650 GK106 5.5GHz GDDR5 900MHz 1.8GHz 155mm² 192bit 132GB/s $179 May 2012 save some cash or get the GTX650Ti GK104 5.5GHz GDDR5 850MHz 1.7GHz 290mm² 224bit 154GB/s $249 Q2/Q3 2012
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May 1, 2012 1:25:23 AM

gamer2k1 said:
Thanks for the response Stubs101, no I didn't know my answer which is why I posted and asking for advice, I said I'd be willing to wait for the 660ti or gtx if its worth it, also the 560 ti I'd be going for would be the 560ti 448 thing is I'd hate to buy the card today and tomorrow something comes out makes the card I bought out dated, thing is also I'm hoping a card I do get will last me a few years.


My appologies. Your exact words were "Ill probably" so i thought you meant it was what you would most likely do. Also I didnt mean to be condescending i was trying to point out that we all have different expectations as far as the results of our purchases and we should make purchases accordingly. It sounded from the things you said that you are leaning towards saving your money and getting something better or upgrading your whole system. I agree with that your i5 750 is not an impressive processor (seems like a waste to pair it with a 7850 and when you do upgrade your cpu youll want a new vid anyways) and the sandybridge i7 are already a great budget build. Be patient, save and blow your mind with a super awesome legendary new system you will eventually get. :)  In anycase there is always something better on the horizon. That's all I'm saying... Plus a whole lot more which i will add later.
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May 1, 2012 1:30:32 AM

Its fine Stubs101, understood. If I knew what I wanted in advanced I'd probally would have ordered it now instead of coming here for advice. I do have my eye set on a new overall build that does include a gpu that will go for about $500 instead the current $250
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May 1, 2012 4:13:20 PM

Best answer selected by gamer2k1.
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May 1, 2012 8:25:49 PM

I've made the decision on the GPU, but it might be a right choice have decided to wait not only till the 660gtx comes out but I'll be getting a new system to pair with something bigger & better. Thanks for all the recommendations.
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