I want to know which one is better in performance, I already know about how the GTX 480 is loud and consumes a ton of power and is really hot. I know the 570 is quieter and runs cooler and also uses less power. That may be a factor for me because I have a 600w PSU. I am not someone who overclocks their GPUs simply because I don't know how and just don't like doing it.
This is a perennial question, and I'm sure you can find other replies in other threads (some written by me, even!).
The 480 is based on an older architecture, is hotter and louder, and uses significantly more power. It will slightly outperform a 570, though, and it's currently being sold at a great price. It also has slightly more VRAM (1.5 vs 1.25 on the normal 570). Meanwhile, the 570 is newer, but not exactly new.
The question isn't 480 vs 570, though; the question is 480 vs 7850. The 7850 is based on a 28 nm process and is much more efficient than either the 480 or the 570. It overclocks like a beast and probably still has some headroom in its drivers for improvement. So there is little reason to get a 570 now: it's less efficient than a 7850 with similar performance and only 60% of the VRAM (7850 has 2 GB). Check out benchmarks here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518 It's game-by-game, and although the 570 has an edge in some (notably BF3, of course), you can overcome those gaps with an overclock on the 7850.
My bottom line recommendation is the 7850. A 480 could be a good choice depending on price difference, but I suspect that a 570 is not going to be a good choice.
Finally, as for whether the 570 will drop in price soon--that depends somewhat on when nvidia gets out its midrange cards (e.g. the 660). But the 570 is already feeling pressure from the 7850. So I'm not sure you're going to see a ton of movement any time soon.
Great now I have GTX 480, 570 or 7850. Idk now. Im looking for the cheapest but good which would be the 480. But if I could spend a bit more it would either now be the 570 or 7850 because they run cooler and use less watt.
There are some ridiculous posts above regarding the GTX 480 vs GTX 570, the most wise post was from urban legend which was originally posted by the green guy matto17secs.
GTX 570 is identical in performance to the GTX 480, all the reviews shows 1-2% gain to GTX 570, however it's not a noticeable gain in real world performance, GTX 480 runs as hot as hell and it's very power hungry & noisy like a vacuum machine when fans get past 70%
Im going to get the 570, I was looking at newegg.com and I see a ton of different EVGA versions of the card, im looking for a price around $260 and $270. Are there any other good brands that I can get the card from, like MSI or Sapphire?
That's because those are the two most logical choices in the $250-$265 range. The other one that could work is the Zotac one, also for about $250. Unfortunately, the MSI Twin Frozr III PE/OC is substantially more expensive.