Opinions in video card choice

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Graphics' started by krrice, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. krrice

    krrice Junior Member

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    Hi everyone, I am building my son a new gaming PC for Christmas and feel pretty confident about all the hardware except the video card. I think I have decided on the EVGA 02G-P3-1568_KR GTX 560 Ti 2GB GDDR5 from Microcenter for 209.99.Do you think this is this the right card for the money and do I need to worry about it being pci 2.0 and not 3.0? He plays online FPS games.

    Here are the specs on most of the hardware the hardware:

    i5-3570k
    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
    gskill Ripjaws 8gb
    Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
    WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM
     
  2. Termie

    Termie Diamond Member

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    That isn't a bad price on a 560Ti 2GB, but there really isn't much reason to buy a 560 Ti today, because newer cards offer better performance at the same price.

    Here are two options at $210:

    (1) GTX 660: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125443

    (2) HD7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150605

    Same GPU, but with reference and a free game: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131467

    Unless you or your son has a very strong preference for Nvidia, I'd recommend either of the HD7870 models over the GTX660, as they will be slightly faster. Either would offer the benefits of PCIe 3.0, although with this level of card, it will not make a difference.
     
  3. BoFox

    BoFox Senior member

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    There are by far better cards that you can get for the money!! Check out the Voodoopower ratings below, at your service! :)
     
  4. krrice

    krrice Junior Member

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    Thanks for replying, I gave my son my PC that I built in 2005 and it has 2 6600gt's in SLI. He's been playing on it for about 2 years now and it does a surprisingly good job for its age, just long load times which could be the AMD x2 3800 or 1 gig of ram. He plays games like crossfire on steam. I've had good experiences with nvidia but I guess I could give AMD a try.
     
  5. tweakboy

    tweakboy Diamond Member

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    Hold everything guys. He has a X2 . the CPU will bottleneck the 560 Ti let alone faster video cards. With that CPU its pointless to get anything above a EVGA GTX 460 1GB and your CPU will still be a bottleneck and games can be faster with a CPU upgrade.
    As for loading times, you can always get him a SSD. What resolution does he play at. Im guessing not high def. Once you upgrade CPU and mobo your framerates will sky rocket twice as fast almost imo. No point in buying a 660 or a 7850 on a AMD X2 processor. 460 1GB is a overkill too. You will have CPU bottleneck. Just grab him a EVGA 460 1GB for 120 dollars. It will be much much much faster then SLI 6600 ,,,, But I still worry about your CPU. The card and CPU will hate each other.
     
  6. Rezist

    Rezist Senior member

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    He's buying a new computer....

    I'd agree 7870 or GTX660. Although I think the 670 is best nVidia card and a 7950 is the best AMD card for the time being.