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EVGA GeForce GTX 480 11 20.75%
XFX Radeon HD 5870 20 37.74%
XFX Radeon HD 5970 9 16.98%
2X XFX Radeon HD 5850 4 7.55%
2X EVGA GeForce GTX 470 9 16.98%
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Old March 29, 2010, 06:08 PM
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Well, after GF100's release, I'm wondering which GPU to buy. Current system config is as written in the drop-down syspecs. I'd really rather not upgrade my PSU. I'm also undecided about the GTX 480 noise-wise,I can deal with heat but noise could be a problem.

If you have some other option, please feel free to suggest it.

Also, how much would a cheap watercooling loop be for the GTX 480? That may be the way to go for keeping it cool...

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Old March 29, 2010, 06:14 PM
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I think it comes down to what is ultimately more important to you, price or performance. Let's face it the 480 is the highest performing single GPU card out there, but it is also the most expensive.

One thing you didn't mention though was what resolution to you use?

edit: I picked the eVGA GTX 480 in the poll, and if you were considering the WC option then you could just get the eVGA FTW version of the 480 that has the WC block on it.
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Old March 29, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Sorry, it's 1920x1200. I generally play Bad Company 2, Crysis Warhead, and Dawn of War 2.

One of the things I like about Nvidia in general is their progressiveness in adding interesting (if sometimes gimmicky) stuff like 3D and actually innovating. ATi seems to really be AMD's offspring, using the same architecture again....

Then again, Nvidia seems to think you should be able to sear steaks on the GTX 480's cooler, and apparently sounds like a jet engine (which I don't like). Price isn't such a big deal.
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Old March 29, 2010, 06:24 PM
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What setup do you have right now? GPU and Display?
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Old March 29, 2010, 06:26 PM
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I've got a GTX 260 (the old 196 core model) and an 24" Asus screen (1920x1200).
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other : one 5850 and then see what gives in the next 6 months or so :)
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Old March 29, 2010, 06:37 PM
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Honestly if you actually look at the reviews heat wise they are only 6 degrees hotter then my 275. My 275s in SLI have many a times reached 90+ degrees never had a problem. Also noise level 5 db louder then my 275s and around the same as a 4890. If you want the best and don't mind spending 480 is my vote.

I'd like to add that you have to ask what is acceptable for you. When I buy new cards I like max eye-candy and max fps possible. 5000 series is already getting hammered with some of the new games and the AA performance suffers big time. Also first gen cards of a new DX always suck when the games actually start really using the new features.
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Old March 29, 2010, 07:02 PM
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Well my 2 choices right now would be 470 SLI as it is faster than the 480 or just go with the 480. 5970 is not worth it unless you can find one in stock less than 600. $550 would be a much better price for the 5970 as it looses to the 480 in some benchmarks while the 470 SLI is going to be 99% faster in most games than the 5970.

For high end gaming the 5970 right now is the worst buy. Dual 470's is probably the best price/performance for high end.
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i'd say a 5870 is the smartest choice, maybe not the faster card, but the best card all around
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470's in SLI because they scale really well. Nvidia has put a little bit of polish into GTX4x0 SLI, they scale at 60% or so!
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