Sorry I know this question has been asked many times in the past but, right now the GTX 480 is 199.99 on newegg and the cheapest GTX 570 is 279.99. Is the GTX 570 worth the extra $80 over the GTX 480. Thanks in advance.
My 1st guess would be the 570, but I guess let's just wait until someone who has had both/and/or one of the cards can give us more information.
That would be me (well, actually a 480 and 580, but close enough). When I owned my GTX 480, I used to defend the noise levels as not being all that bad, and it's true they aren't to the point of being intolerable. But I didn't hesitate to get a GTX 580 when they came out, just to get a quieter video card. The difference is significant. The 580 (570) has a more "normal" sound level, while the 480 is more noticeable.
At $200 the GTX 480 is a good deal, but there is the noise issue. Some would suggest you get an aftermarket cooler and install that onto the 480. I would recommend a GTX 570 as being essentially the same thing; you spend a little more and get a quieter card with essentially the same performance. The two 570's I listed actually do have aftermarket coolers on them. If $200 is the budget, then get the GTX 480.