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mS_Design May 13, 2012 04:54 PM

best all rounder
Hi Linus,

I have been in the market for a new graphics card for a while and watched ALOT of your videos! but never bought one as theres always been newer ones just around the corner. However, being a student I cannot afford the new 600 series or 7000 series.
I first had my eye on the 570 cards as they were pretty low priced, but now I have seen that the 6970 cards benchmarks are showing are better bang for buck and are similar if not the same price. Should I A) buy a 570 as the cheapest option anyway B) buy a 6970 for just abnit more and overclock it or c) I found a 6970 "lightning" which is factory overclocked out of the box for 40 more than the "normal" 6970.

May sound a silly question for somone of your status but I have been quite skeptical as to when to buy a new card but I am starting work as a product/website/video compositor designer plus a small bit of gaming :P and just would like some honest advice!

Current rig: Q6600 processor with 4GB DDR2 Ram and 9800gt graphics! :D

Many many thanks!


dandelioneater May 14, 2012 09:48 AM

Look for a used gtx 460. they can be had for 100 bucks or less

Adzsask May 14, 2012 09:52 AM

Used 460, or 470/480 if you can, 480's are $200 new so they have to be dropping fast in price.

supaflyx3 May 14, 2012 11:40 AM

I'm not sure if you're in Canada or not, but if you are check out the BST here, 10e is currently selling a 480 for 120 + shipping, thats the same as a 470 and can be overclocked to 580 speeds if you have the cooling for it.

mS_Design May 15, 2012 10:29 AM

wow! the email notification wasnt working so well as I thought there werent any replies!
thanks a bunch guys! That helped me alot. Will get back to you if I find a good deal.

@supaflyx3 I am in uk! haha! but if the 480 can be overclocked to the speeds of the newer generation then thumbs up!

Perineum May 15, 2012 10:38 AM

I have the same setup as you and upgraded my video card. I find my CPU is now the bottleneck.... I'm currently running a GTX560Ti

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