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Old 12-16-10, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Want to replace my GTX-285. What is the best choice?

I think I will be selling my EVGA GTX-285 and go Fermi soon. What card would be a good choice, or should I wait another year or so? You can see my system in my sig.

I have been thinking about selling my 285 for a while now to get myself into a Fermi based card for several reasons. #1 better FPS, #2 DX11 #3 I would like to sell it soon so I can get a decent amount of $$ towards a new card before it loses most of it's value. But the biggest reason is better performance, that is ultimately what I am after. If it's only 10-15FPS increase on average, I would say that really isn't enough of a performance boost for me to spend $200 or so out of my pocket.

I also use a GT-240 as a Physx card, that I would like to keep but not opposed to selling it if it gets me into a really good card and would eliminate the need for it.

I plan on doing this in the next few months when I get my taxes back. My price range will be around $350-400, maybe a little more if it gets me into a much better card. I would like to stay with EVGA because I have had great luck with them and the warranty and customer service is really good. But I have bought other cards before and I would again. I am also no opposed to buying a ATI card, but I do have my reservations about that. My last one (HD-4850) would NOT play any games that used OpenGL. It crashed every time & I could never get it to work with any version of Linux. Not that I really use it Linux much.

Here are some of the card I have been looking at.

#1 EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 @$429.95

#2 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 @$349.99

I like that fact that the 480 has more RAM than the 570, my 285 has 1gb. Going just 280 more MB is not much of an upgrade. I would really like a 2gb, for GTA4 and a few other memory intensive games.

Got any good links to accurate comparisons between a 285 and one or both of these cards handy? Or do you know what kind of performance increase should I expect to see? Is it worth it, or should I just wait?

Thank you all in advance for your help!

PS: I only have a 650w Rosewell PSU, will I need a more powerful unit?
Antec Nine Hundred case. Core I-7 920 @ 3.56GHz, Noctua NH-U12P Cooler, EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX-285 1GB, EVGA GT-240 Superclocked 512Mb used as a Physx card, DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6, OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600 7-7-7-18, Intel X25-V SSD, used as a boot drive, 2X Seagate 500Gig 32MB Cache 7200RPM in RAID 0, Logitec G-15 keyboard, Logitech MX-518 Mouse, CH Combatstick 568, Xboc Controller, LG L227WTG-PF 22" LCD Monitor 1680x1050. Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit. Speakers: KRK Rokit8 studio monitors.
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