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Anonymous
July 6, 2012 7:18:25 PM

Alright, I've been trying to decide on a card to buy for a while now and I figured I may as well let the TH community weigh in on my decision. Here's my rig right now (built December 2010, for reference):

EVGA GTS 250 (brought over from my previous rig, had this thing since COD:WaW days)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE (OC to 3.8GHz)
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3
8 GB Gskill 1333 RAM
Mushkin 120 GB SSD
WD 1TB 7200rpm HDD
CM Centurion 5 case
Forget the exact specs on the PSU (was a gift from my uncle), but I want to say Corsair 700W

As you can see, I'm more of a budget builder. Ideally I'm looking to purchase in the $150-$200 range but I'm willing to go $250 tops.

I've been holding out on Kepler since LAST summer to see what options the 600 series would provide me (or at least drive down the price on some Fermi cards). I know at this point 660 release is rumored for August which is right around the corner but I want to see what you guys think. These are the cards that I've been looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Originally I was pretty much set on the 560 TI and just wanted to wait for the 660 release to help drive down price. But what I'm wondering now is how would the SC 560 compare to the 560 TI? Clocks are comparable but how significant is the decrease in CUDA cores? IIRC, the 560 TI has more OC headroom, though I don't likely anticipate OCing my GPU.

After browsing some benches I see that the 7850 trumps the 560 TI in some areas and is a little more efficient. Would it provide any better compatibility with my X4 955 over NVIDIA? Is the 560 TI still the better option? Do you guys foresee significant price drops for the 560 TI once the 660 is announced/released?

Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys.

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a c 99 U Graphics card
July 6, 2012 10:41:13 PM

I think the best option would be a GTX 480

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even though it's 2 generations back, it's still a strong card. It's a slight bit higher in performance than the 7850.

But, if you wanted to do an upgrade to the current generation cards the 7850 is also a good consideration.
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Anonymous
July 7, 2012 2:48:22 PM

The 480 does have good performance for the price, but I think I would prefer a card from the last gen or two instead due to temp/elec efficiency.

Anyone else have any thoughts?
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