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Old September 14, 2010, 03:37 AM
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My son's birthday coming up and i want to buy a GFX card for him .i am basically building a system:

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core i7 870
ASUS P7P55D MOTHERBOARD
Corsair XMS 3DDR3-4GB
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SASONIC 620 W SLI CERTIFIED

I am not interested in XFIRE/SLI & donot plan to do so in the future please advice on the card and the reason why you choose the option ,maximum cost is 450$
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Old September 14, 2010, 05:03 AM
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I think a GTX 470 would be good.
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Old September 14, 2010, 05:06 AM
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Lucky son...

With that budget you can pretty much get every single GPU card out there. Except maybe the GTX480 if the price hasn't dropped yet in your area. It's just a question of the features you want with the card and whether or not you're fine with the heat/power consumption. So I guess it should be a tossup between the GTX480/GTX470 and the 5870.

When's his birthday? AMD 6XXX series should be around the corner if you can wait.

Also, if you go with a GTX480, you might want to check the rail layout on your power supply before installing. IIRC Seasonic only made two 620W power supplies and neither one was a single rail unit.
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Old September 14, 2010, 05:07 AM
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Well what's his previous system specs, resolution of gaming he plays at and if he prefers to play settings maxed, near maxed, etc
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Old September 14, 2010, 05:35 AM
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IIRC Seasonic only made two 620W power supplies and neither one was a single rail unit.
Does it matter?

To OP, yep GTX 470 looks like a winner in your budget or maybe HD5870 if you like red.
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Old September 14, 2010, 06:04 AM
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I would consider the 480. The price should be lower, and unless you're installing the 5970, there's nothing better. After all, he's your son, why not give him the best! This will last a long time, and I'm sure he'll put it to good use.
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Old September 14, 2010, 08:28 AM
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pft, give him a 460 or a 5850 and buy yourself a few 24's
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Old September 14, 2010, 08:58 AM
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I sure hope that the PSU you have is a Seasonic one, not Sasonic.

I would go for a GTX 460 1GB and use the rest and treat the family towards a nice dinner :)
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Old September 14, 2010, 01:47 PM
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right now another vote for the gtx 460. 220 for the 1gb model(when they dont jack up the price) on a good bang per buck card is decent. but i think sky said about holding off gpu purchases or something in another thread, so if youre not looking for middle of the road but top end?
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Old September 14, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Yeah, overall, I agree with the 460. A great card for the price. You could easily add another to beef up performance at a later time and outperform a 480.
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