Best video card around $400?

 Anyone?



I am an IT guy. I actually am the IT guy at my company that is supposed to know all the cool gadget shit. For the most part I am that guy but I simply feel like a ratard when it comes to picking video cards. I guess after years of reading about all of these cards and never needing to buy one I simply stopped paying attention. I need to get back on track because I am going to be buying one soon.



So, the card I am going to buy is for my gaming rig. I am thinking somewhere around $400 and I should be able to get something that will play Battlefield Bad Company 2 (and anything else) cranked up all the way. I am not opposed two getting to cheaper cards and trying a dual SLI or cross fire setup either if that is the best option. 



So, any tips? Advice? I am hoping to buy this card in the next few days. Any discussion, suggestions, and arguments about what is best are welcome. Also, if my price point is off let me know. 

  

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

200$ with the 30$ rebate , i have only one and a six core amd phenom 2 and i run Battlefield bad company with everything jacked up to the highest possible setting at 1680 x 1050, i run Rift on Ultra settings also. If you get two of these i mean idk lol, you can problaby run Crysis 2 maxed also

The top 10 according to overclock.net:
1-Radeon Ares HD5870X2 4GB
2-Radeon HD5970 4GB
3-Radeon HD5970 2GB
4-Geforce GTX 580 1536MB
5-Geforce GTX 570 1280MB
6-Geforce GTX 480 1536MB
7-Radeon HD6970 2GB
8-Radeon HD6950 2GB
9-Geforce GTX 295 1792MB
10-Radeon HD4870X2 2GB

So the GTX 570 1280MB is your best bet (the EVGA card is $345), the cheapest 580 is $489.

IveBeenRubberBabyBispingBumped -  I have 2 nvidia 460 1gb in sli and i can run anything out right now at max settings and reso on a single monitor. They struggle with 3d though and multi monitor setups Phone Post


 So what about this card? This is what I was already looking at. Is this one worth the extra $100? I want to get a card that will last a while. I am not looking for something that will just run what is out there now, i want something that could potentially last a few years.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518

chinese - according to this chart



http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-geforce-gtx-560-ti-gaming-graphics-card,2857-7.html



the 6950 is near the top

the guy who puts the chart together says that upgrading to a higher ranked card is not worth the money unless the card you're upgrading to is 3 ranks higher



according to the chart, there is no card that is 3 ranks higher than the 6950



so while the



Discrete: GTX 580

Discrete: HD 5970

Discrete: GTX 295, GTX 480, GTX 570

Discrete: HD 4870 X2, HD 6970



are better cards, there isn't a high enough price to performance ratio to make them worth the extra money





 Great post. Thanks for the link.

 I have decided on this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568



I am also getting this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129093



and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826265066



Should be some nice upgrades to my PC for a better gaming experience. 



 

 Zotac has lifetime warranty on their cards.



I would get a 6970 myself, just cause ATI cards support up to 5 monitors on a single card and run cooler in general.

BTW what are your PC specs?



And you should have went a bit higher than a 460.



I have a Core i-7 930 with the GTX 470 and the 460 just would not cut it for some games.



Should have gone with a 470 or even the 570. Oh and they are easily overclocked.

lazermonkey - BTW what are your PC specs?



And you should have went a bit higher than a 460.



I have a Core i-7 930 with the GTX 470 and the 460 just would not cut it for some games.



Should have gone with a 470 or even the 570. Oh and they are easily overclocked.

So something like this?



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-549&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

  

I have offiically swapped this one in place of the other card. Hope this is a good buy. thanks!


PoWdA101 - 
lazermonkey - BTW what are your PC specs?



And you should have went a bit higher than a 460.



I have a Core i-7 930 with the GTX 470 and the 460 just would not cut it for some games.



Should have gone with a 470 or even the 570. Oh and they are easily overclocked.

So something like this?



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-549&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

  

I have offiically swapped this one in place of the other card. Hope this is a good buy. thanks!





Exactly!



You made a good purchase. You shouldn't have any problems playing games that are out on the market now. :)



BTW download a program called "msi afterburner" it is a great utility for setting your clock speeds/fan etc. and it is very user friendly.




 Okay so I upped the ante a little more lol. I actually am going with this one here:



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613



is this one a good buy as well? And thanks for the input!



I should be buying this on pay day which is this Thursday, hance why I keep chaning it up!


if you are a gamer, buying ATI is a big fail... to this day they have driver issues

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Funniest thing is I still have that 460 in a box! How time flies . Now I'm rocking a 1440p gsync ips Asus with a 1080!! Waiting for the 1080ti or buying the Volta titan and moving to 4K ha!

 

unless amd drops heat . But gsync is by far the biggest most impressive difference for me even above ssd's and I'm running two 1tb ssd's on raid 0

I had no idea Phuckles was Powda101.