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I’m looking to upgrade my gpu since it is way overdue... I'm looking to spend about $250 not including taxes and I just want to get the most for my money. I have read all the specs for cards in that range but I need some feedback from actual owners because the white sheets can be misleading. I play bfbc 2 @ 1920x1200 High everything 4MSAA and 4AA averaging 27fps.

Will my cpu be a bottleneck for a card in that price range?
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GTX 560 ti.

And sort of. BF BC2 enjoys as many cores as it can get, so a quad would be ideal, however the i3 540 is a beast, especially when OC'd so you should be ok until you upgrade your cpu.
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post #3 of 51
Either the 560 ti or the 6950 1gb, which is possible to flash to a 6970. The 560 ti is cheaper, and also uses less power consumption.

Check out the benches and comparison, you can also compare different cards from the pull down if you like. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330
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post #4 of 51
Amd gives you better value for the dollar. A 6950 outperforms a 560 and costs less. Also if you pick up a reference model and unlock it then it will completely destroy the 560.
post #5 of 51
you usually get more bang for your dollar with ati/amd, but best performance from intel/invidia (at a premium).

Since your trying to get the best performance for your $250, I would say look to ati or better yet, look in the for sale section here at OCN. I have seen some screaming deals here http://www.overclock.net/video/

Also keep an eye on the online deals section here http://www.overclock.net/online-deals/

And welcome to OCN!
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Originally Posted by goobergump View Post
Either the 560 ti or the 6950 1gb, which is possible to flash to a 6970. The 560 ti is cheaper, and also uses less power consumption.

Check out the benches and comparison, you can also compare different cards from the pull down if you like. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330
1GB 6950s do not unlock
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The 560 ti is cheaper
Where is a 560 ti cheaper than a 6950?

At newegg the cheapest 6950 is 204.99 after rebate, the cheapest 560 is 234 after rebate.

At tigerdirect the cheapest 6950 is 215 after rebate and the cheapest 560 is 230.
post #8 of 51
6950 gets so cheap now? why I look for the price in my country are still $320? although it's true that some 6950 are cheaper than 560, but in contrast still some 560 are cheaper than 6950.
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Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC +1
SOC now have two models 950Mhz and 1000Mhz,can see @ BOX/card~
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I just recently bought a GTX 480 for exactly $230.00 brand new on ebay, no tax, free shipping. Take a look you may have some luck too, if not, well a GTX 560 ti will do a great job too, "almost" the same performance for less price and less heat, win win huh?
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