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6950 vs. 480 vs. 560ti 448 core

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July 19, 2012 11:02:54 PM

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


EVGA GeForce GTX 480


Or XFX Radeon 6950


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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July 20, 2012 12:58:17 AM

the 6950 would be the best it has the best core clock of the 3 but next upgrade i would suggest is the cpu
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July 20, 2012 1:07:01 AM

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.
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July 20, 2012 1:22:37 AM

jupiter optimus maximus 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.
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July 20, 2012 1:26:19 AM

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.
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July 20, 2012 1:29:56 AM

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.
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July 20, 2012 1:30:52 AM

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.
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July 20, 2012 1:31:23 AM

Also, does this psu look ok?


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
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July 20, 2012 1:35:11 AM

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?
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July 20, 2012 5:10:08 AM

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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