Help choose graphics card

I need a new graphics card as you can see I have an 8800 gt and it cant handle newer games. I want to be able to game on newer games: Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3, etc. I do not want any lag and I am only using one monitor. My setup is listed in my signature I also want the graphics card to be water cooling capable. I also would like advice on water cooling for the graphics card and cpu.

Can someone list out from best to worst these cards and maybe give advice on other cards.

My budget is 125-175.

Nvidia 550ti
GTX 460
GTX 480
Radeon 7770
Radeon 6850
Nvidia GTX 560ti

Thank you for your help.
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  1. I would refer you to the tomshardware.com GPU heirarchy:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  2. I only have a 460 watt and I dont want to upgrade power supply which are water cooling ready?? Is the 460 a good choice and water cooling ready?
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    The 480 is the obvious choice from the bunch.

    Not only is it best bang for buck, but it will handle heavy demanding games exceptionally well for the money.

    Beware, you will need a high quality 550watt PSU minimum, or a 600watt recommended.

    It also runs hot. Just make sure you have adequate case cooling. Also, you can get some GTX 570s for just a tad more $$.
  4. GTX 460???
  5. 2fast4thetown_down said:
    I only have a 460 watt and I dont want to upgrade power supply which are water cooling ready?? Is the 460 a good choice and water cooling ready?

    Water cooling ready label on a 460W power supply simply means you can power a water cooling loop with it. It doesn't mean you can power a high-end water-cooled system with it. Purely a marketing ploy.

    What is the make and model of your power supply?

    That will help determine any suggestion regarding a video card.
  6. Can you post a good link of where to buy them or a performance comparison?
  7. gtx 560ti!...
  8. I am a nvidia person and have never used anything else is the 6870 alot better than the 460 or will I not see a big difference... money is also in the picture which is cheaper?
  9. ubercake said:
    Water cooling ready label on a 460W power supply simply means you can power a water cooling loop with it. It doesn't mean you can power a high-end water-cooled system with it. Purely a marketing ploy.

    What is the make and model of your power supply?

    That will help determine any suggestion regarding a video card.



    It is a Cooler master elite 460 watt.
  10. i consister it faster than a 6950... on an amd system (i have both)
  11. redeye said:
    gtx 560ti!...



    Why do you say that if you have one please post fps on games like batman arkham city and the windows index experience.
  12. So is the 6870 alot bettter than the 460 or just a little because I am an nvidia guy...money help too?
  13. You can power a 560 TI with that PSU. Since there's only one PCIe 6-pin connector off the PSU you'll need to use the 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCIe power adapter for the second connection to the card.
  14. Quote:
    6870 is faster than the 460 by a good margin.

    Do not let brand loyalty hold you back from a good purchase.

    Get this beastly 6870, you will be able to crank some nice clocks out of this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161393


    It is a little out of my price range is there one that will not bottleneck,fit nicely with my components and is more in the $150 range?
  15. ubercake said:
    You can power a 560 TI with that PSU. Since there's only one PCIe 6-pin connector off the PSU you'll need to use the 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCIe power adapter for the second connection to the card.


    560ti vs 6870???? I am an nvidia guy and want a gtx(which the 560ti is) I would like it but I dont know alot about it could you tell me what you know about it? Thank you
  16. Quote:



    That is a good deal because I might just sell Dirt 3 for $45 and get the graphics card for practically only $100
  17. The 550 ti is also in the picture sorry if I did not list it, it is a goos cost but I do not know the quality of it.
  18. Fps is the most important thing to me and it seems the 6870 is the best choice but just for arguments sake can you list the fps of the 460, 560 and 6870 if you know them thank you.
  19. Whoever answers this can have the best abswer.
  20. Here's a 560 (non-TI) with a lifetime warranty @$179 ($159 after MIR):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133397

    I had 2 PNY 580s. Great performance and the lifetime warranty is great.
  21. Best answer selected by 2fast4thetown_down.
  22. I am going to go with the 6870 thank you recon-uk you have earned the best answer.
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