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Old June 22, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by _dangtx_ View Post
looks like another vote for the ti 560 ;)
So you guys think a 560 ti combined with a nicely overclocked q6600 will give me some head room for a while?

I think I want to move on from the 775 era when ivy bridge hits the market. That should give me a nice real world performance boost and not something which will only be noticeable on paper. Until then I'm going to stick it out as is..

I also noticed that AMD is getting a lot of recommendations lately. Are the radeons better nowadays? And what can I get for $200 on the red side?
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Old June 22, 2011, 10:27 PM
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with a rather weak base(q6600 vs sb) im not too sure

that could be a plan. or dozer :)

very better. the 69 series do quite well in their segment, and when paired take on much more expensive cards(i.e. xfire two 6950's
and they'll give two 580's a run for their money when you crank that stuff up :) )

edit :

XFX Radeon 6970 and Radeon 6950 Graphics Card Review - CrossFire / Eyefinity vs SLI
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Old June 22, 2011, 10:32 PM
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video card first.... No doubt.
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Old June 22, 2011, 11:47 PM
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More people coming in and saying upgrade gpu first. Hm...

I could of course get something like a 560 Ti and ride it out until some shiny new architecture comes out - and I'm not counting out Bulldozer either, dangtx - and then go for broke with a really nice new sli setup with whatever graphics cores are out then or something similar. My question would be, is it worth it to spend a few hundred bucks on a 560 now?

Then I look at cpu prices and see the 2500k and the 2600k and I'm thinking to myself 'damn, these new processors look mighty good', and a total overhaul seems kind of appealing. It's a dilemma, for sure

Oh and dangtx, those benchmarks you showed me are quite something. Crossfire looks real nice right about now.
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Old June 23, 2011, 12:02 AM
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I noticed that the EVGA 560's are exactly $200 at CC, the 460's have some very nice rebates that bring them closer to $150 (which I think is awesome), whereas the 560 Ti's are pushing $225.

How is the 460 compared to the Ti? And what vendor do you guys recommend nowadays - is EVGA still king?
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Old June 23, 2011, 03:35 AM
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If your looking at a 460 or more to the point a stop-gap till you build a full system, get something second hand.

Red and green camps are very close IMO. Mostly personal preference whether or not you go red or green.
My opinion, red is better bang per buck. Green is better drivers. (cue arguments from both sides:P )

If you do decide to go for something second hand... look at the AMD 5770 - 5850 as you can get them at a bargain and they are pretty damn good cards (5770 is so close to a 460)
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Old June 23, 2011, 06:43 AM
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Get a 560Ti or a used GTX 460 in our buy sell forum. Your Q6600 is not limiting you in any way, and even your PSU (from your system specs) is fine.
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Old June 23, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Pretty much in agreement with most opinions myself. Change your gpu, a 560 Ti perhaps. If u decide 2 upgrade your system, the card can go into the next build and allow u 2 save 4 a better

cpu/mobo/mem setup later. By then, a lot of more current setups will b cheaper 2 buy, and easier 2 find in the BST.

If ur not sure which 2 get, browse the reviews 4 help in deciding just want u want/can afford 2 get.

Good luck!!!
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Old June 23, 2011, 09:01 AM
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The Q6600 is a great chip, it's outdated but still viable. My son's machine has a Q6600 clocked to 3.0Ghz on air with a HD5870 and it runs great. No reason you can't throw a 570/560 in your machine and overclock the Q6600 and run with that for a year or 2 (Untill you hit your next bottleneck).
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Old June 23, 2011, 03:59 PM
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At 1080P I would think that just upgrading to a 560Ti will still be about the right move... then run the system for another year and do a whole system upgrade. If your q6600 is not oc'd I would highly suggest that you do!

FWIW I use a 2500K at 5.0Ghz with 570 SLi and my wife has a Q6600 at 3.5Ghz with a 580. The q6600 does hold back some but it is still very useable at 1080P+.
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