I'm currently a fairly hardcore PC gamer. I run games at a resolution of 1680x1050, and unfortunately my 8800GT is starting to fall behind the modern standard. I'm definitely looking to upgrade in the near future, but what should I go for? I'm looking for a DX11 card, and having recently purchased Metro 2033 on steam, would rather like to be able to max this out if possible.
Should I pay £300 for a GTX 470 AMP! edition? Or should I go the full way and fork out an extra £150 for the GTX 480 AMP? I've chosen the amp edition series because I don't want to be overly bothered by noise and temperature issues, and overclocking in the future is a definite possibility. Also comes the dilemma that if I go for the 470, I can afford to order it within a week or two, whereas i'd have to save up for a while longer for the 480 most likely.
Windows 7 64-bit Home-premium
Intel Core i5-750 OC@ 3.8GHz
Corsair XMS3 6gb DDR3 RAM OC @ 2140GHz
NVidia 8800GT 512mb @ Stock Clocks
ASUS P7P55D-LE Motherboard (which I believe does support ATI CrossFire set ups, but not NVidia SLI sadly)
750w PSU (I don't know the exact make and model, but I know the correct wattage)
The best Custom PCB, custom cooler GTX 470 out there is the Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC.It comes overclocked, consumes less power and runs cooler and quieter than a standard GTX 470.But the ideal card for that resolution is the GTX 460 1GB.It would have been best if your motherboard allowed SLI, but since it doesn't the GTX 470 seems to be a better choice due to its longevity.
AHHH THANKS DUDE! You've been a great help! not only does that card seem quieter and cooler, but it also comes at a cheaper price as well (pretty much the same price as a standard GTX 470). Thanks again for your help! Will be ordering the GTX 470 SOC within the next couple of weeks