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So I'll have around $250 for an upgrade, given my system specs what would you recommend I upgrade (and to what)?

Myself considering inno3d GTX470 Hawk or forking up additional dough for a Sapphire/PowerColor reference 6950 2GB


Thoughts?

EDIT:
Gaming @ 1080p

Want to extract as much longevity as possible till my next upgrade
 
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Do you have trouble running any games at this time with that setup?
 
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Do you have trouble running any games at this time with that setup?
We'll.. I've always wanted to see how Crysis/Warhead looks like with the bells and whistles (while NOT being a powerpoint presentation lol), also SplinterCell:: Conviction lags sometimes with the explosions and shiz


That and maybe the fact that I have never bought a high-tier graphics card for myself (the 260 am sporting now is a used-deal)... Am thinkin since my proc/mb/ram is about to be 'old-tech' soon with am3+ and SB on the way, if I invest in the gpu first then it may keep up with a better platform when I do upgrade
 
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Or if you're an Nvidia nut, the new 560s are around 250.
 

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Thanks jelly,don. Too bad the egg doesn't wanna hatch here :p

Prices are screwed up here in the Phils.. 5870's (all variants) here still cost as much as a 480 (~$410), 5850 still $10 above the 6950... the 470HAWK am quoting goes for around $240, while the cheapest 6950 (powercolor variant) is about $300. I think I can scrum up enough change for the 6950, but if the 470 will work with my resolution without my electricity bill skyrocketing then I am fine with that too.

GTX560 arent locally available yet, and like with everything new here it'll prolly get marked up by ~$20
 

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How much more is a 470 over a 460 1GB (non-se)? That would be my choice if I had to do it all over again.
 
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most 460 1gb are around $210, with certain models being even higher than that 470 I listed (MSI 460 1gb cyclone ~$250)

The 470Hawk apparently comes with no factory oc, but significantly better cooler than reference - source.. For some reason Inno3d is cheap here
 

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6950 all day! or GTX560
 

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to bad the 6950 can be had for $250 on the egg now.
We're not talking NewEgg though. Things are little bit more scarce so to speak in the Phill's.
 
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I agree, but to stay in budget, go with the GTX470 Hawk.

Ok, I think I can get a discount from the shop (good cust) The actual price diff boils down to ~$35.. is it worth it?
 

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Ok, I think I can get a discount from the shop (good cust) The actual price diff boils down to ~$35.. is it worth it?
6950 over 470 or 470 over 460?
 
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6950 over 470 or 470 over 460?
6950 vs 470 :)

Hope even more price drops come along... the payout has been moved to friday next week :banghead:
 
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Update: Going 5870

HI All,

Plans shifted a bit, ended up going for a 5mo used 5870 instead (price wise got it for around the same price as a vanilla GTX460), picking it up later... From your experience what's the best driver? 10.x or the latest?
 

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10.12's & You did very well!
 
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woot! Thanks JR and everyone... Now, to find a DO NOT DISTRUB, AM GAMING sign :rockout:
 
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Yeah I think its a good deal, PowerColor PCS+ version too :D should be a good jump from my gtx260 right?