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post #1 of 11
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Hey everyone,

I think it's time to upgrade my GTS 250, since I need something delivering more bang for the videos I render (720p in Premiere Pro). I have an AMD Phenom II x4 Black 965 (at 3.4ghz), so I don't think PPro is being bottlenecked by my processor, but rather my graphics card.

Anyway, I digress. Can someone recommend me a better card that is within a reasonable price range? I'm getting my paycheck from blip soon, so now would be a good time to upgrade.

Thanks
-RJ
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by rvbfreak View Post

Hey everyone,

I think it's time to upgrade my GTS 250, since I need something delivering more bang for the videos I render (720p in Premiere Pro). I have an AMD Phenom II x4 Black 965 (at 3.4ghz), so I don't think PPro is being bottlenecked by my processor, but rather my graphics card.

Anyway, I digress. Can someone recommend me a better card that is within a reasonable price range? I'm getting my paycheck from blip soon, so now would be a good time to upgrade.

Thanks
-RJ

I'd go for a card like this.....GTX 560 ti for $189 after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...CE&PageSize=50

If you prefer AMD a 6950 2gb would be a great choice.

On the higher end, a GTX 570 or 6970 2GB will run you $290-320.
post #3 of 11
The choices Tony put up would all be great. Just depends on if your a ATI/AMD or Nvidia guy.
post #4 of 11
Make sure you check the specs on your power supply to make sure it can fully meet the needs of any potential graphics card you are looking at. A lot of older power supplies have the wattage for today's graphics cards but can't supply enough amps.
post #5 of 11
For the price, you can't go wrong with the GTX560 Ti. Great card!
post #6 of 11
I can highly recommend any GTX 560 Ti card, if it works as well as the Gigabyte one that I have. I way overpayed for my card (tax and shipping killed me), but I really wanted that specific card because it had been rated as one of the most quiet cards, coolest cards, and powerful performer in comparison to misc. 560 Ti cards.

Had I been more patient, I would have probably bought the first dual fan version that I could get for under $200 shipped. I like the idea of it having two fans on it. I wouldn't get one that only had one fan. I know that you can get extra fans for your case, but I still like the idea of the GPU itself having the dual fans built in.

I would have bought the 2 GB HD 6950 that people are able to flash to the performance of a 6970, or whatever it is, but the thing is, I want to be able to do some 3D stuff.(I have a 3D plasma, considering cheapo 3D projector for shnits and skiggles) I've talked to quite a few people that are really into the 3D thing, and the reality is that Nvidia simply has the better drivers and support for 3D. Less headaches with Nvidia. I'm not any kind of PC wiz kid, so I wanted something that will just work well without a lot of interference on my part.
post #7 of 11
6950 or the 560Ti seems to be the go to cards for a lot of people out there. Price is decent and you're not short changing yourself looking to save a few bucks.
post #8 of 11
I currently have an AMD Phenom X4 965 Deneb 3.4GHz with a Nvidia GTX 570... loving it and no bottle necks what so ever... I used the step up program from EVGA to go from a GTX 470 to a GTX 570... best move ever because the GTX 570 runs cooler and less noise...
post #9 of 11
There really is no reason to buy a 6970. Almost every single reference 2GB 6950 unlocks. I bought 3 different models from 3 different manufacturers and they all unlocked just fine. You can find them for <$240 now.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

There really is no reason to buy a 6970. Almost every single reference 2GB 6950 unlocks. I bought 3 different models from 3 different manufacturers and they all unlocked just fine. You can find them for <$240 now.

Dang, I wish I found my 6950 for $240, even after rebate the one I got was $265. It's a really good card IMO though (not that my opinion is worth much).
post #11 of 11
1GB GTX 460 for $120 after MIR. Great price on a good little card. Can't think of a better one in that price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...m-_-14-130-571
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