Hi, I'm about to order a GTX 480 for 199.99 from Newegg, and I was wondering if in unison with a rosewill thor V2 will the stock HSF be sufficient. I've seen a lot of people saying the card reaches upwards of 90c, but the Thor V2 is a massive case, and many have said it is also a very cool case.
Ambient temperature is a big part of the equation, what is the hottest temp of the year where you live? If above 95-100 degrees I would be worried, if not you shouldn't have too much of an issue. The 480 is worth $200, but not $270 in today's market.
Yeah the 7870 and 7850 are both better options around the $270 price point, I personally think it would be best to either go up to the 7950 at $330, or stick with a gtx 560 ti at $210. Everything in between is too close to the performance of a 560 ti.