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Looking for the best graphics card I can get for under $300 that would be equally as good for folding as it is for gaming. No preference manufacturer wise, and my PSU is fine for Corssfire/ SLI (if necessary).

Thanks ahead,
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Like a 6950
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post #3 of 14
Probably a 560 Ti.
Although most 570s come to just over $300 after rebate, so I would get that if you could swing it.
    
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post
Like a 6950
FOLDING he said..

ati cards are still poorly supported so the PPD is lower then nvidia counterparts.

In that price range a gtx 470 or gtx 560 ti would be great for both folding and gaming. I get roughly 17k ppd overclocked on my 470, so its decent.
post #5 of 14
Well for folding/gaming I would look for and Nvidia card...something like GTX 570 or GTX 480.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Klue22 View Post
Probably a 560 Ti.
Although most 570s come to just over $300 after rebate, so I would get that if you could swing it.
x2

Can't go wrong with the 560, it's a great card for the money. After rebate they come in around $200-220 which is well below your budget.

If you want a little more umph or will SLI later and can swing the cost....go 570.

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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post
Like a 6950
My gtx 260 folds better than my 6970.
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post #8 of 14
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post #9 of 14
For $300 the absolute best you can get is the GTX 480. This is still one of the fastest single GPUs on the market. If you want something with lower power consumption and noise but that delivers the same performance, you can get the GTX 570, but that would put you at $325. If you want to keep below your price range by a good amount, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti TwinFrozr II is a good bet. It has great cooling performance and OCs like a beast, reaching stock GTX 570 gaming performance and stock GTX 580 folding performance when you do so.
    
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by TheGimpAddict View Post
How does this look?
Great choice, can't go wrong with EVGA, great warranty and quality. Also a good price for the SC version. I say go for it!
Use the extra money to get next day shipping and start folding immediately, we need you in the CC.
    
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