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Old April 10, 2011, 12:43 AM
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Hi all. I think it is finally time to get rid of my EVGA 260GTX. It has served me very well till now. I am having a hard time getting acceptable frame-rate performance in a few new games. And I can't even get any AA on with decent FPS So I am in the market for a new GPU.
I know it should be a no brainer But there are a few parameters. And since I now have three kids my time to search and read every gpu article out there just isn't feasible.
So I have come here once again for the best advice you can get on GPU's among other computer parts. I only have around 200 Canadian to spend and that is including taxes. I don't mind Nvidia or ATI. I have had more Nvidia GPU's because of the Physx support. But I will consider a ATI GPU this time. I really like the EVGA Step-up program though.
Please help guys. Also keep in mind that I am running a 24inch LCD at 1920*1200 Res and I mostly game on my Rig. So video editing or Blue ray playback or 6 screen support does not matter.
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Old April 10, 2011, 01:35 AM
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you could try to score a 6870 for around your budget, or a gtx 560.

yes, they will make a difference. vs your 260, but do not expect 5 times the performance and all the games maxed out :)


edit : PowerColor HD 6870 PCS++ 1 GB Review - Page 23/27 | techPowerUp

your 260 comes in around 5770 level i think....yup,around there..


PowerColor HD 5770 PCS++ 1 GB Review - Page 29/33 | techPowerUp



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Old April 10, 2011, 03:37 AM
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GTX 560 Ti is the best bang for your buck.

Used prices from last week from looking around:
6870: $165-$180
GTX 560 Ti: $190-$200
6950: $220-$240

6950 and GTX 560 are pretty much identical in performance, but according to HWC, GTX 560 performs better in MOST games. (if not all?)

But once 6950 is unlocked to 6970, then it pulls forward by a tiny bit.

So... GTX 560 would be your best choice.
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actually the 6950 does better at higher resolutions.cranck that stuff up,especially on the 2gb model,and youll see :

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Old April 10, 2011, 11:09 AM
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6950 if higher rez...
560Ti depending on games/physx/CUDA/folding...

I just grabbed 2 X GTX560Ti Twin Frozr II / OC....I'll receive them on Wednesday I believe....cant' wait!
At NCIX, the MSI cards are selling for $254, minus a $15 mail-in rebate...and a $10 NCIX gift card + Mafia2 + Just cause 2 + Free 3Dmarks 11 coupon...
So $230 + free games...
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funny part being in 6 months were supposed to get parts that cost 150 and perform as well as 250 dollar parts today :D

but thats how it is,usually :p
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Hmmm... a new 560 would break your budget... so that won't help!

6870 is good price/performance, but I've heard complaints about driver/real world performance issues.

GTX 460 1GB is still an awesome card that can be had for amazing prices. SLI GTS 450 has also received some high ratings for that price range, but then you have to deal with dual GPU issues. Can't think of anything else new... I never liked the 480/470 GF100 thing... but a used GTX 470 would be pretty cheap (don't think you can find them new anymore).
It's a hard stretch, but maybe a 5870 can be had in your budget if you don't mind the previous gen dx 11 card? Obviously the HD 5850 is well within your price range.
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