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Although in my heart I really want an SLI setup, my games don't like it. xD
Crossfire is even worse. My system (minus the cards) is my sig rig.

So to fix this issue I'm looking to get a single card.
So far it looks like my best bet would be an HD 6950/6970 or a GTX 480 w/ 3rd party cooler. They're all around the same price, but I'm leaning towards the 480 since folding would be better.

What would be the best card for the money? It can take up to 3 slots since I have enough space between everything that I'm using.


Also, if I save enough money in my GPU purchase, what sound card should I buy? I was looking at Asus's cards since I mostly listen to music.
    
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Out of those three cards I would go for the 6970, or try to get a reference 6950 that will unlock to a 6970. The GTX 480 is undoubtably a better folding card, but the 69xx cards are still pretty decent folding cards with the new client.
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6970
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I think there's a gtx 480 or two in fs/ft right now if you want that card at a bargain price, then slap an aftermarket on there for less noise and better temps.
Edited by suitaroh - 5/15/11 at 5:39pm
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Would using Adobe to edit photos and short videos benefit from having CUDA cores? If it's not a reasonable difference I'll probably just go with an HD 6950.
    
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Your mobo should already has an optical output for sound. You shouldn't need a sound card at all. As far as video cards go, the best right this second is the GTX 580 3gb. The best bang for buck is the NVIDIA 480 if you are only looking at the two card listed above. You should be able to pick up the card for 299 or less.

Here is a price vs performace list from best to worst:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/hi...pus.html#value
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post #7 of 10
If you use CS5 it`s got very nice support for CUDA.
It is called Mercury Playback Engine.
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html
There is the 480 NOT listed!
But all cards with OpenGL can speed up things many filters and effects can be rendered with OpenGL.
Anyway i would go for the 6970 or like hobiecat said flash a 6950.
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post #8 of 10
6970 first, then the 6950 if ya can find one to unlock.
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Which would be the best 6970 to buy?
Lightning Overclocked/Hawk?
    
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post #10 of 10
6950 if you can fine one that unlocks

or a gtx 480
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