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    Upgrading Video Card

    I have an 8800gt and I wanted to upgrade to something more powerful. I wanted to keep the upgrade under 350. I like gaming and want the most powerful/cost effective option for that price. Must be a canadian retailer. I was looking at the GTX 470,480, 570, or 6950, 6970.

    I have an X38 board so I was wondering if it could support PCI-E 2.1 as well.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Which ever card you get, be very sure to upgrade that dated PSU with a quality brand that will have the necessary amps needed for the gpu you select.

    You can find the specs at each manufacturer's web site via google. Your psu looks to be about 4-5 yrs old now. The tough power version of the TT were much better.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    BTW. As said before here on the site and many other tech forums, the GTX560 is due out on the 25th. Can you hold out to see if the price will be right for you on the new gpu or even on the models you mentioned?

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    I can hold out if the card is worth it. Whats the price point of the GTX 560? I heard it's supposed to be ~280. Where does the performance rank? Should it be a better or worse performer than the 480?

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    yeah I heard about the same on the price to. Would like to see it a bit more cheaper. The gtx480 is still a killer card.

    Hopefully we should have some great reviews this upcoming week. 2x GTX560 should be killer though while being great on power consumption.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    The time for a new card is quickly approaching. I am starting to get a blue screen. I used to happen every few months or so, now it is starting to happen every 2 weeks or so.

    I have decided that I am going to go with a Corsair 850TX PSU. I seems to perform well and should have more than enough room to last 3-5 years.

    Also which card has better performance, the 560 or the 470 and why would I go with either?

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    The 2GB HD 6950 is also a pretty good card for the price. The GTX 470 is slightly more powerful than the GTX 560. The GTX 560 is pretty good in terms of power and noise as compared to performance. Lots of good things about them all.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshMST View Post
    The 2GB HD 6950 is also a pretty good card for the price. The GTX 470 is slightly more powerful than the GTX 560. The GTX 560 is pretty good in terms of power and noise as compared to performance. Lots of good things about them all.
    The only reason I left it out is because of the price. I can get the 560 and 470 for about the same price, the 470 being roughly $10 cheaper and the 6950 is roughly $50. Now $50 isnt much buts that 40% of the price of the PSU. I figure since the card seems to be dying I might as well upgrade now instead of waiting for it to completely fail.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Another pretty powerful option that lets you also save a buck would be the HD5870. Considering how powerful those cards are some of the prices seem ridiculously cheap.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-883-_-Product

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Pehu View Post
    Another pretty powerful option that lets you also save a buck would be the HD5870. Considering how powerful those cards are some of the prices seem ridiculously cheap.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-883-_-Product
    That is an option that I had no considered. It will cost me roughly 250 for that or 250 for the gtx470. From what I've read the gtx560 is slightly faster than the 5870 and the gtx470 is slightly faster than the 560. I have canadian prices as well.

    I'm not a fan boy for either company I just the most performance at $250.

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Petden View Post
    That is an option that I had no considered. It will cost me roughly 250 for that or 250 for the gtx470. From what I've read the gtx560 is slightly faster than the 5870 and the gtx470 is slightly faster than the 560. I have canadian prices as well.

    I'm not a fan boy for either company I just the most performance at $250.
    A HD5870 easily compares in performance with the GTX470 winning some and losing some benchmarks. Actually I think most reviewers put the HD5870 just ahead of the GTX470 when the both cards were out, but situation may have changed a bit. Both cards have some advantages and disadvantages when compared with each other, but that HD5870 looks best bang for the buck for the moment (if still available).

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    5850 and 5870 have deals come up for about $150/$199 (today).

    At those prices these are the best bang for the buck out there.

    Outside of that, you have the following choices

    460 1gb or 6850
    470 or 6970
    560 or 6950 1gb
    6950 2gb
    570 at top of your budget (wouldnt recommend 6970 since you can unlock 6950 to that)

    I would look into your CPU bottlenecking, it might prevent some 570 performance.

    If I were you I would just go with 6950 2gb and unlock it, just make sure your CPU won't bottleneck and your PS is proper.
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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    Are the recommendations still valid given some of the additional nvidia gpu releases like the Ti series?
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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    $250, GF560ti/Radeon6950

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    Re: Upgrading Video Card

    With the Catalyst 11.4 drivers, a slightly overclocked HD 6950 is very close to the performance of a GTX 480. I'm becoming really impressed with those particular cards.

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