Upgrade advice for GPU from 8800gt. PUT IN YOUR WORD

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  1. TroM

    TroM Ancient Guru

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    Hi Gurus, need your advice. :)

    Specs on the left.

    Currently buying more RAM and a newish GPU to last for about 1.5 more years until I am out of college to buy a new PC.

    Candidates for the GPU are:

    HD 5770
    GTX 260
    GTX 550 Ti
    HD 6850

    Budget = $150.

    I am aware of bottlenecks. Resolution is at 1280x1024 but will be 1600x900 (20 inch monitor sometime in the near future).

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Agent-A01

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    Markbout 5770 and gtx 260. Try to get gtx 460
     
  3. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    Amd hd6850
     
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  5. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    get a GTX460, bump the voltage up a bit and OC it.
     
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  8. HamsterCrispy

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    Wow the Ultra Durable thing is really an eye catcher. Yeah you should probably get that card right there :D
     
  9. eclap

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    How is it better than the 6870 I linked to is beyond me.
     
  10. HamsterCrispy

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    Because the 6870 you linked is beyond his budget.

    But if its okay for him to add 20 more bucks then by all means get the 6870 :D
     

  11. Chillin

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    I hate to be one of those people, but for $10 over your budget you can get an ASUS GTX 560 for $159 after rebate:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121466

    It's much faster than any of the cards you listed. I use one currently on a 1280X1024 screen and I can play every game at max with it (including Battlefield 3).
     
  12. The Chubu

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    Problem is that those were release drivers, the latest drivers have had all sorts of speed increases for the GTX 560.

    While the GTX 560 is faster than the HD 6870, it's not earth shattering faster. If there is a $15+ difference in price then by all means the 6870 is the better deal.

    To be honest, the biggest difference is according to the games you play. In some the lead is firmly with the 6870, in others the 560 leads by a mile:

    (release drivers comparison:)
    Tom's Hardware - Benchmark Enthusiast Index

    And don't get me wrong, they are both great cards; I just really like the fact that the Nvidia card comes with PhysX (a gimmick mostly, I know) and CUDA (actually useful) for about the same price.
     
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    at the time I linked it, there was a $30 rebate, making it $139.99 in the end. now it's back to it's original price. I'd still get the 6870 though, the difference in price is a few pints. or look elsewhere, I'm sure there are 6870 for around $150 out there. Or look second hand. I got my gtx 480 for £160, it performs as a £250 gtx 570. not to mention that the cooler it came with costs £60 on it's own. there's plenty of bargains out there.
     
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    XFX 6870 $150 AR dual-fan with lifetime warranty. Weekend special, while supplies last.
     

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    Yeah, that's the one I linked to. Great cards.
     
  17. TroM

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    You guys are awesome. Some great advice. I am just worried about bottlenecking something like a GTX 560. Keep in mind I only have a E6750 CPU... although it is overclocked to hell. So I'm not sure how much more performance I'll get by paying $20 for something like a GTX 560. More advice appreciated. Thanks :)
     
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    My cpu must be on par with yours. It scores 7000 cpu points in 3d mark vantage to give you a basic idea. I had the oportunity to try a hd 6870 and it was being used 99% at 1080p resolution in most games maxed out. No cpu or gpu bottleneck. So extrapolate from these numbers some information.:)
     
  19. TroM

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    Thanks. I am only at a resolution of 1280x1024 at the moment so there might be some bottleneck, but I might move to 1080p (which is like 1900xsomething). Good to know. How is that 250 working btw? I am more interested in playing Skyrim on decent settings, as well as Mass Effect 3, etc.
     
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    The GTX 560/HD 6870 would be fine for 1080p maxed gameplay, but just barely. If 1080p is your ticket then I suggest waiting and expanding your budget to the GTX 560 TI/HD 6950.
     

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