6950 vs. 480 vs. 560ti 448 core

Hello everyone, I need advice on which one to get

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, recording with fraps, video editing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon 6550d integrated with A8. Currently have a 300w power supply but I will upgrade it once I get the card

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD-A8-3800 2.4 ghz, 2x4gb 1333mhz ram, crappy motherboard with 1 pci-e 16x slot.
The PC I'm putting it in is a store bought acer (I would have built my own if I knew more about pc's at the time). I checked and it has enough room for pretty much any card. There's at least 14-15 inches of space for it.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care

OVERCLOCKING: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So basically I'm deciding between these 3 cards:

Gigabyte GTX 560ti 448 core
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=66832&vpn=GV-N560448-13I&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1261

EVGA GeForce GTX 480
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=68760&vpn=015-P3-1480-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1261

Or XFX Radeon 6950
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=61903&vpn=HD695XCDFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1261

They are all basically the same price ($200), but that's after a $30 dollar rebate on the 560ti 448core and the 6950. The 480 doesn't need a rebate. Another thing to consider is that the 560 comes with 3 free games.

I was originally looking at a 6870, but since these cards are not much more expensive at the sale price, I thought I might as well spoil myself and step it up a notch :)

So which card do you think I should get? Thanks for the help!
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  1. HD7850?? Edit:Sorry - just saw CDN price way over budget.
    -Bruce
    Edit #2 - just saw this:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=72930&vpn=FX785AZNFC&manufacture=XFX
  2. the 6950 would be the best it has the best core clock of the 3 but next upgrade i would suggest is the cpu
  3. The GTX 480 is the best performing GPU of the three, but consumes a lot of power. Noise is tolerable below 75% fan speed. You will need a good quality PSU of at least 40amps. If you want to play those three free games bundle with the gtx 560, get the gtx 560.
  4. Anonymous said:
    The GTX 480 is the best performing GPU of the three, but consumes a lot of power. Noise is tolerable below 75% fan speed. You will need a good quality PSU of at least 40amps. If you want to play those three free games bundle with the gtx 560, get the gtx 560.

    I heard that the 480 gets really hot. My case doesn't have the best airflow so would that create problems? I'm kinda leaning towards the 480, just because it doesn't need a mail in rebate to hit the 200 dollar price point.
  5. dish_moose said:
    HD7850?? Edit:Sorry - just saw CDN price way over budget.
    -Bruce
    Edit #2 - just saw this:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=72930&vpn=FX785AZNFC&manufacture=XFX

    Although I would like a 7850, it's kinda pushing my budget. At the moment even $200 is kind of pushing it. Thanks for the reply though.
  6. devilofdeaths said:
    the 6950 would be the best it has the best core clock of the 3 but next upgrade i would suggest is the cpu

    I wish I could upgrade the cpu while still using the same mobo. To bad the new trinity chips don't run on fm1 :(. Oh well, i'll probably just get a new computer in a few years.
  7. The gtx 480 is the fastest choice if you don't mind the heat and power usage, it is a wonder that it only costs $210.
  8. AMD cut the prices of 78xx series recently. Now its about 249$. Get the hd 7850! Its very power efficient. Or wait for the GTX 660Ti to come out. Its better to get 6950 than the GTx 560Ti and GTX 480.
  9. Also, does this psu look ok?
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60330&vpn=CMPSU-600CXV2&manufacture=Corsair

    I know it's not the best out there, but I think anything would be an upgrade from the crappy, generic, no-name psu I have now
  10. I looked at some bench marks and the 560ti 448 core is only slightly slower than the 6950, but the 560ti 448 core has 3 free games. I'm only worried about the rebate. Does anyone have experiance with xfx rebates? Are they good, or bad?
  11. Alright guys, thanks for your help. I ended up going with the 560ti 448 core, just because I was worried that the 480 would run too hot in my system, and I didn't want any problems. I also chose it above the 6950 because I wanted the free games, and I think it has better cooling.
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