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In the near future I plan on building a rig with a budget of about $1200 dollars and have been browsing around Tom's hardware reviews and other places of the sort looking for a great graphics card for 1920x1080 resolution, max settings on everything, particularly for Skyrim and BF3. I was wondering what you guys would recommend. I have looked at the GTX 560, GTX 580, and Radeon HD 5970 on Tom's Hardware and it looks as though they all can handle what I'm looking for, but $900 for the 5970 on newegg is definitely out of my price range. Around $500 for the 580 would be a stretch and could be do-able, I wouldn't mind a little extra saving for it if it's worth it. The GTX 560 seems to be a pretty good choice and at around $250 for it on newegg should be in my budget already depending of course on prices for other parts, but right now I just wanna focus on determining a GPU to purchase. Thoughts?

P.S. Sorry for the length, I really appreciate that you finished reading xD
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a 6970, or two, might work for you, maybe.

I'm planning to upgrade to that soon.
   
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Hmmm $385 for the 6970 is pushing it... +1 for the suggestion, I'll see if I can put together a comp right now in my shopping cart and see if it stays in budget... Also another question. That graphics card has a PCI express 2.1x16 interface, will that fit on a mobo that has PCI express 2.0x16 interface? I don't think I've seen a mobo with 2.1

EDIT: What's up with this? Tom's hardware shows the 6850 outperforming the 6970 by quite a few frames, and it's half the price!
Edited by rivaldog - 5/15/11 at 11:05am
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Yes, go to the hd6970, you'll be very pleased with the card. And avoid browsing tom's hardware for reviews, they're getting a little biased on the reviews.

And yes, it'll fit on the pci 2.0 slot

Hope it helps!
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actually if you have the tech savyness I don't have, you can flash the bios(?) on a 6950 to make it a 6970, it'll be about the same performance level but there is a risk involved. but if you make it work then it'll be about half of the price of an actually 6970
   
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Yes, go to the hd6970, you'll be very pleased with the card. And avoid browsing tom's hardware for reviews, they're getting a little biased on the reviews.

And yes, it'll fit on the pci 2.0 slot

Hope it helps!
Is it worth it though? I mean you can't really be biased with the charts, it shows a $160 card out performing the $380 6970 by far, I don't usually read the commentary anyways, where there is a possibility of some one being bias.

Thank you though ^_^

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actually if you have the tech savyness I don't have, you can flash the bios(?) on a 6950 to make it a 6970, it'll be about the same performance level but there is a risk involved. but if you make it work then it'll be about half of the price of an actually 6970
I'd rather not risk it my self, I'm not the most tech savy person either, and one of the cheapest 6950's is only $140 cheaper then the 6970 though, compared to the 6850 which is $220 cheaper then the 6970 and, at least according to tom's hardware and on BFBC2, way out performs it.
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Hmmm $385 for the 6970 is pushing it... +1 for the suggestion, I'll see if I can put together a comp right now in my shopping cart and see if it stays in budget... Also another question. That graphics card has a PCI express 2.1x16 interface, will that fit on a mobo that has PCI express 2.0x16 interface? I don't think I've seen a mobo with 2.1

EDIT: What's up with this? Tom's hardware shows the 6850 outperforming the 6970 by quite a few frames, and it's half the price!
sometimes, weird things happen in some games that make it seem that the lower cards are the same or higher than the high end cards, but if you put all the stats from a lot of games, the higher end cards almost always wins out, and also the chart is a 6850 in crossfire, that 2 cards against 1, not a really fair fight, imo, lol

also,they don't have any 6970 crossfire setups, that would top anything in those graphs
   
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sometimes, weird things happen in some games that make it seem that the lower cards are the same or higher than the high end cards, but if you put all the stats from a lot of games, the higher end cards almost always wins out, and also the chart is a 6850 in crossfire, that 2 cards against 1, not a really fair fight, imo, lol
Oh lol Again, I'm not to tech savy so I wasn't sure what crossfire was XD is that what it is? 2 cards?

EDIT: Lambecrikas... interesting, but I have absolutely no idea what Phaedrus was saying xD
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Crossfire is multiple ati cards, SLI multiple nvidia cards.

It's normally referred Crossfire for 2 cards, Trifire for three and Quadfire for 4 cards.
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