Help my buddy choose a video card

About a year ago I built my friend a rig off of a shoestring budget of $200 + old scavenged parts. Since then he's managed to upgrade his ram from 2GB to 8GB and replace his Rosewill psu with a Corsair. Now he wants to upgrade his video card and has about $200 to do so. We are split between a GTX 560, GTX 560 ti 384 core, and a 570. If he gets the 570 he'll have to wait a bit longer to make the extra money. Right now he only has an 8800GT. He plays at an extremely low resolution of 1280 x 1024 but will be getting a 1080p monitor as soon as he can, so whatever card he buys should be able to run things at 1920 x 1080. Even at his current low res, the 8800gt can only run new games on low settings.

His current specs are:

Intel Core i3 540 @ stock speeds/stock cooling
8GB G.skill Ripjaws DDR3-1333
Some random gigabyte 1156 board
XFX 8800GT 512mb
Corsair builder series 600w
WD 320GB sata II hardrive

Is a 570 worth the extra $50 and waiting time or should he just buy a 560/560ti right now?
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    Recon - this is for you.
    Smokin deal if he has the psu for it.
  2. dish_moose said:
    Recon - this is for you.
    Smokin deal if he has the psu for it.

    Argh, damn I forgot about the low prices of the 480s. Those things are loud, power hungry monsters though. Idk if his corsair psu is enough?

    Here's his psu
  3. 600W or greater is what is stated in this link:
    No Sli though.
  4. These things are basically heaters :P. But its extremely powerful..
    It outperforms the GTX 560/ti but uses like twice the power to do so.
  5. No way it uses twice the power.. more like 1.5x.
  6. Well it was a bit exaggerated by me lol. Yeah it use almost exactly 1.5x for 10-15ish FPS gain in BF3
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