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Video Card life has ended. Need suggestions

cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member

My EVGA GTX 470's life has ended. Im usually in the postiton to buy whats top notch during its time, but in this case I am not.

 

What would be an equivalent card these days without breaking the bank...

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  • ianicusianicus Calgary, ABPosts: 472Member

    probably this

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

    you could go 660 Ti version for some more omf but looking close to $300 there

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  • InfinityDInfinityD Long Beach, CAPosts: 33Member
    Whats breaking the bank? I just bought a Asus Radeon 7950 for $350. Runs GW2/EVE/Planetside 2/Starcraft 2 all on high/ultra at 60+ fps 1920x1080. I probably could have went with the 7870, which is $100 cheaper.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,773Member Uncommon

    The GeForce GTX 650 Ti is probably the modern card nearest in performance to the GeForce GTX 470.  Depending on the prices that you find, you might want to step up to a Radeon HD 7850, which is meaningfully faster, or even a GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7870.

    As an added bonus, none of those have the endemic overheating problems that plagued the reference GeForce GTX 470s.

  • cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member

    so a 660 or 660 ti would out perfrom the 470?

     

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,773Member Uncommon

    Yes, a GeForce GTX 660 will comfortably outperform a GeForce GTX 470.  Modern cards have about double the energy efficiency of the GeForce GTX 470, too.

    A GeForce GTX 660 tends to be a hair slower than a Radeon HD 7870.  A GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a little faster than either card, but tends to cost more by enough to make it a bad deal.  I'd advise against a GeForce GTX 660 Ti if the price tag exceeds a GTX 660 by at least $40 or a Radeon HD 7870 by at least $30.

    Also, for either a GeForce GTX 660 or GTX 660 Ti, if it says 2 GB of video memory, you should think "1.5 GB usable".  The card mismatches the memory channels, so if you use more than 1.5 GB, your memory bandwidth will take a huge hit.  1.5 GB isn't bad, and it is more than your old card's 1.25 GB, but don't get ideas about running ultra-high monitor resolutions off of it.

  • SouldrainerSouldrainer Elmer, NJPosts: 1,857Member
    If you have the cash, I'd spring for a GTX 670. It doesn't sound like you have the cash though.

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  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 1,886Member Uncommon

    Right now there is little point in getting a 660 series card as they are not priced well at the moment. You can find a 7950 for cheaper than 660ti, you can find a 7870 for cheaper or equal to the 660 and its more powerful.

    If you're gonna spend the money on nvidia just get the 670, otherwise stick with AMD.

  • OurielOuriel SkopjePosts: 72Member

    Can you tell us your budget, so we can suggest you a card that is up to your budget?

  • MarirranyaMarirranya Ortario, OHPosts: 154Member

    i also plan to buy a new NVIDIA vidcard - my budget is between $100 - $200

    any suggestions for me? :<

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  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 1,886Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Marirranya

    i also plan to buy a new NVIDIA vidcard - my budget is between $100 - $200

    any suggestions for me? :<

    Nvidia isn't really a sound option in the sub $200 bracket. Your money would be well spent on an AMD 7850 for $150-180. If you absolutely have to have nvidia then there is the 650ti which is 120-150 market but it is by far weaker than the 7850, since that is the case you might aswell add some extra bucks and get a 660 for $210-220.

  • AoriAori Carbondale, ILPosts: 1,886Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Aori
    Originally posted by Marirranya

    i also plan to buy a new NVIDIA vidcard - my budget is between $100 - $200

    any suggestions for me? :<

    Nvidia isn't really a sound option in the sub $200 bracket. Your money would be well spent on an AMD 7850 for $150-180. If you absolutely have to have nvidia then there is the 650ti which is 120-150 market but it is by far weaker than the 7850, since that is the case you might aswell add some extra bucks and get a 660 for $210-220.

    Since I forgot to ask, what kind of system are you running and at what resolution? Also what is your PSU?

  • RidelynnRidelynn Fresno, CAPosts: 4,172Member Uncommon

    To just match your old 470 and staying with nVidia:

    A 650Ti (~$150 US) is just a hair slower in most games, but pretty darn close:
    AnandTech Comparison: 470 vs 650Ti
    A 660 (non-Ti) (~$210 US) is a decent bit faster in most games:
    AnandTech Comparison: 470 vs 660

    And to kinda show what everyone else is saying:
    An AMD 7850 (~$170 US) is a decent bit faster in most games, and maybe a hair slower than the 660:
    AnandTech Comparison: 470 to 7850
    AnandTech Comparison: 660 vs 7850

    So if your really on a budget crunch, you can see the various options here:
    7770 --- 650Ti --- 470 ------ 7850 --- 660 ----- 7870/660Ti ------ 7950/670 ---- 680 --- 7970Ghz

    Of course, if you have more money than that to spend, then by all means, but these are the nearest cards to being "equivalent" to a 470 in the current generation. And if your computer ran a 470, it won't have any issues with power or cooling with any of these cards.

  • bishbosh2bishbosh2 SydneyPosts: 66Member

    what resolution is your monitor ?

     

    gtx660 / hd7870 are probably best value for money at ~$200 at the moment and should be able to handle single monitor 1920x1080 on high settings with ~60fps for most games.

    If you really need extra performance you can grab a  660ti or hd 7950 pay $300 but i really dont think it is required. ~$200 is the sweetspot range for a gfx card imo.

  • KabaalKabaal Edinburgh, ScotlandPosts: 3,012Member Uncommon
    Keep an eye on 7950 prices, fairly regularly they've been cropping up for £199 during the past few weeks over here which is roughly the same price as a 7870 or 660 (660's are creeping back up in price, were down to £159 but now back at ~£190) but much better performance.
  • cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member

    These are my specs.. My budget is $100-250

     

    Antec P182 gunmetal case

    ThermalTake smartM series 850 watt PSU

    Evga geforce 470 GTX 1280mb video card <<<<DEAD>>>>>

    Gskill 4 gig  ddr2 1066 (8500) memory

    AMD phenom II X4 945 deneb 3.0 Processor

    Asus M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 Nvidia  980 sli Motherboard.

    Razer Barracuda AC-1 gaming audio card

    Western digital WDC WD64001aals-00l3b2 (640 gig Hard drive)

    Hitachi Hard drive 500 gig as a backup (secondary)

    Windows 7 64 bit

     

  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon

    On your budget I would go with a 7870. After rebates and what not it will be around $200.

    I use a 7870 and am very happy with its performance.

  • cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member
    Originally posted by jdnewell

    On your budget I would go with a 7870. After rebates and what not it will be around $200.

    I use a 7870 and am very happy with its performance.

    thanks for the help. How long till I need to upgrade the rest of my rig? and what brand of card should i go with?

  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,402Member Uncommon
    7850 is a great card.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,773Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by cichy1012

    These are my specs.. My budget is $100-250

     

    Antec P182 gunmetal case

    ThermalTake smartM series 850 watt PSU

    Evga geforce 470 GTX 1280mb video card <<<>>>>

    Gskill 4 gig  ddr2 1066 (8500) memory

    AMD phenom II X4 945 deneb 3.0 Processor

    Asus M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 Nvidia  980 sli Motherboard.

    Razer Barracuda AC-1 gaming audio card

    Western digital WDC WD64001aals-00l3b2 (640 gig Hard drive)

    Hitachi Hard drive 500 gig as a backup (secondary)

    Windows 7 64 bit

     

    You might not want to pour too much money into an aging rig.  Replacing a video card to keep the system running if you were happy with the performance makes sense.  But I certainly wouldn't consider spending more than it would cost to get a Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 unless you were planning on moving the new card to a new system soon.

    If you were looking to upgrade, I'd say that you should look at replacement instead.  Socket AM2+ and DDR2 memory have been obsolete for about four years now, so hopefully your system has had a nice life.

  • KabaalKabaal Edinburgh, ScotlandPosts: 3,012Member Uncommon

    I don't know how much they cost over in the US but the new 7870 XT's are a brilliant buy over here, same price as the normal 7870's. OCUK started testing them earlier today and on stock volts they're overclocking to a smidgeon past 7950 performance, it'll be interesting to see how they perform once they start upping the volts.


    http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18475607

  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by cichy1012
    Originally posted by jdnewell

    On your budget I would go with a 7870. After rebates and what not it will be around $200.

    I use a 7870 and am very happy with its performance.

    thanks for the help. How long till I need to upgrade the rest of my rig? and what brand of card should i go with?

    IMO any of the major brands would be fine. I use an Asus 7870, one from sapphire, MSI, XFX or Asus all would be fine I think.  I would look on whatever site you plan on ordering from and see whats on sale, has a bigger rebate, ect. If you catch one at just the right time you can get a great deal on them. I personally use newegg.com for most of my purchases.

    The 7870 will be a good card that you can use when you upgrade your system and should give you good performance in games for awhile.

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