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6950 1GB, has same performance as 2GB version, and it's faster than GTX 560, and overclocks to 950-960MHz 24/7. But I woud recommend non reference cards, AMD reference cooler for 6950 and 6970 is terrible and loud.
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I gather that heat and noise are your concerns. And these are related to both the card as well as to the CPU+HSF.

GTX560Ti:
Its reference cooling as well as all (?) non-reference cooling (eg MSI Hawk) both dump much of the heat inside the case. And your Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BNS is not designed (at least at the stock configuration) to handle this heat dump optimally. This means the hot air will very much be sucked out of the case via the CPU HSF. Obviously not desirable.
And I am not aware of a GTX560 Ti with external exhaust solution.

HD6950:
As for an unlockable HD6950, the chance for an 1GB version is largely an unknown. If this 'unlocking' is a must, then I advise against getting an 1GB version.
The chance for a 2GB reference version is very high. There are a few like this XFX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150530) selling at around your budget of US$250 but the drawback is that they use non reference cooling, meaning the same issue of a GTX560 Ti. Reference cooling HD6950 2GB like this Sapphire (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914) that dump heat outside are all out-of-stock, at least in Newegg.

Summarily speaking, a card that dumps all heat outside the case via the card rear is relatively louder and hotter. But this makes the life of everything else inside the case easier.
A card that dumps heat inside the case will be probably cooler and more quiet (only if managed well). But this makes life harder for other components inside the case, especially the CPU + its HSF.
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