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CPU: I5-3570K
MB: BioStar TZ77XE4 Newegg combo $374.98
RAM: CPU: GSkill 8GB $41.99
Case: Corsair 300R $75.84
PS: OCZ Modxstream Pro 700W $89.99 with $30 rebate
Cooler: Cooler 212 EVO $34.95
OS: Win 7 OEM 64bit $99.99
HDD: Crucial 256GB M4 SSD $216.11

This is what I have on order already and need advice on a video card. I wanted to stay with Nvidia since I mainly play Blizzard games and I read Nvidia works best with them.

Was ordering an Nvidia GTX 480 yesterday for $209 but price jumped up to $299 today. Any help on the best deal in my price range?

Thanks!!
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  1. I know you said you wanted a nvidia card, but at that price range you want to look at a 7850, which is as low as $240 on newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406

    or for $20 more you can get a nice Gigabyte cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419

    It will out preform a 560ti on WoW and unless you want to hit the $300 cap you won't get better performance from nvidia, which you'd want a 570 for.

    WoW results for the 7850/7870 cards: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-16.html
  2. The 480 has dropped again to $239 and it is supposed to be comparable to a 570. Do you think the 7850 will outperform the 480 on WoW and D3?

    Thanks!!
  3. I'd give the edge to the 480 by a bit.
  4. there are folks around these parts that would state OC'd 480 is the best price/performance.
  5. Best answer
    For WoW specificaly, and no other games, the 480 will do a bit better.

    If you are going to play other games then they will be quite comparable, with the 7850 being able to OC quite a bit (not that the 480 can't, but it will just be even louder and harder on power). The 7850 is also going to be quieter, cooler and will use quite a bit less power. I'd personally still stick with the 7850, unless you're playing only WoW..
  6. aicom said:
    I'd give the edge to the 480 by a bit.


    And probably 100w+

    HD7850 is simply a more modern card with greater potential moving forward.
  7. Keep in mind the GTX480 is around 2 years old at this point and it's a power hungry, loud hot card. Be prepared to deal with the thermals if you get one.
  8. Yup, the 7850 is the card I'd pick if it were me, but you might be losing a few FPS (5-10 max) vs the 480 since those games are very nice to Nvidia's architecture.
  9. may i KINDLY remind future posters:
    gtechman said:

    I wanted to stay with Nvidia since I mainly play Blizzard games and I read Nvidia works best with them.

    thank you, that is all.
  10. In that case, there isn't even a question. The 480 IS the card to get. The only potential competition was on the AMD side.
  11. Best answer selected by gtechman.
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