Which graphics card should i get??

Im trying to pick the best card for under 300 dollars and ive come down to two

The Gtx 560 ti 448 FTW and the Sapphire 7850 OC Edition

Now i have heard that the 7850 is more powerful but i'm also interested into PhysX and CUDA Core use. What exactly will CUDA cores help in? Price is not a real concern as long as it is under 300 dollars on Amazon.com, which is where im buying from, but the 7850 OC edition is 40 dollars more so if it isnt that much more poweful than the 560 ti 448 than maybe ill take that into consideration.

If you can reccomend what is better or if there is something better under 300 dollars let me know.

Also im using a 720p monitor. Would 1.2 gb of the 560 ti 448 be enough to run a game maxed out with mods and stuff at that resolution?

I will be using Adobe stuff and be playing games like Battlefield 3,Skyrim, and Diablo 3
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  1. Also i didnt consider a GTX 570 because the best GTX 570 i could find under 300 dollars was a superclocked GTX 570, had the same specs as the GTX 560 ti 448 FTW except the 570 has some more CUDA cores, and with a 40 dollar difference just because of that i just stuck with the GTX 560 ti 448 FTW. Still dont know if i should get that or the OC 7850 though..
  2. Well eveybody will say go for the 7850 or the 570. The 560 Ti 448 core is a nice card and you can OC it very easy but it is a card that is not made anymore so if anything should happen to it well you might not be able to replace it.

    Here are some links to the cards in question and I hope this will help you. Oh one more thing physX really doesn't help in other words you won't notice any inprovement. In fact you might see a decrease.

    The 7850 in OC will be much stronge than show below. The bench shown below is for stock cards. I hope this helps and good luck to you.

    560 Ti 448 vs 570
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/499?vs=306

    7850 vs 570
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/499?vs=306
  3. At 720p, any of those cards is really more than you will ever need for fast frame rates. Tom's rates them like this:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    If you want to do an 'on paper' comparison, use this:
    http://www.hwcompare.com/
  4. What about GTX 480? It's a really nice deal at $209.99 as long as you have a power supply to support it - it's significantly faster than HD 7850 and so is faster than GTX 570:
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX480-Graphics-015-P3-1480-KR/dp/B004EHWMP6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339391063&sr=8-1&keywords=gtx+480
  5. Sunius said:
    What about GTX 480? It's a really nice deal at $209.99 as long as you have a power supply to support it - it's significantly faster than HD 7850 and so is faster than GTX 570:
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX480-Graphics-015-P3-1480-KR/dp/B004EHWMP6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339391063&sr=8-1&keywords=gtx+480

    Because its hot loud and power hungry= inefficient
  6. It's not loud. Where did you get that from?

    So what it's power hungry? As long as you can a supporting power supply, it's the best value for your money.
  7. No thanks. The 7850 has a lower power draw runs cooler and is more efficient with good performance. Dont know why anyone would go with something that inefficient with the cards that are out now
  8. Are you saying that you prefer power consumption to performance? I know I don't. 'Nuff said.
  9. Sunius said:
    Are you saying that you prefer power consumption to performance? I know I don't. 'Nuff said.

    I prefer higher efficiency. The 480 is a hog and a bad buy imo.
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