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Never owned a AMD/ATI card in my life. Always heard bad stuff about driver support. But it seems you get more bang for the buck over Nvidia cards and im just a poor guy with not alot of money.

I have been looking at this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102929

How well is this one in gaming? Would it be a significant upgrade from my Gtx-260 Core 216?
Edited by amdcpu4life - 7/22/11 at 6:47am
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Personally I'd get one with a better cooler, Twin Frozr II/III. Fantastic card, It'd be lightning fast compared to your old one!

Good luck in pickings, you could also go cheaper with a huge performance boost from your old card, so whichever way you go, you'll be fine.
    
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I'm pretty sure you'll get roughly over double the performance you get with your current card. That's a good card, go for it.
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I never have driver problems with either camp and I use/own a lot of cards. If you're interested in saving some money, have you thought about Open Box?
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Lolz that will be a massive upgrade to your current card, good choice
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Sapphire seems like the best company. Seems XFX uses the bait and switch tactic. (Replaces cards internals with lower quality components)

I did get this Gtx-260 free from a friend about 2 weeks ago. (Just built this system) So im willing to bet i could sell it on Ebay or Cl for around $70? The 6970 is just a little to much thats why im looking at 6950's.
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The friend that gave me the Gtx-260 built a new rig, Core i7-2600k, 6Gb tri-channel ram, Gtx-560 (2Gb Version) Said my Phenom II x4 would bottle neck a 6950/Gtx-570 and up.

Is this non sense?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amdcpu4life;14305674 
Sapphire seems like the best company. Seems XFX uses the bait and switch tactic. (Replaces cards internals with lower quality components)

I did get this Gtx-260 free from a friend about 2 weeks ago. (Just built this system) So im willing to bet i could sell it on Ebay or Cl for around $70? The 6970 is just a little to much thats why im looking at 6950's.

If you're not looking to replace your current 19" monitor, save yourself some money and get the 1gb version.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amdcpu4life;14305692 
The friend that gave me the Gtx-260 built a new rig, Core i7-2600k, 6Gb tri-channel ram, Gtx-560 (2Gb Version) Said my Phenom II x4 would bottle neck a 6950/Gtx-570 and up.

Is this non sense?

It's neither true nor false but mostly untrue. My E8400 @ 4GHz was handling my GTX 570 exceptionally well (+90% GPU usage) in the majority of my games (1 or 2 exceptions that were still playable) so your 4GHz Phenom II X4 should fare even better.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sccr64472;14305696 
If you're not looking to replace your current 19" monitor, save yourself some money and get the 1gb version.


No, i wont be replacing it. (Also got the monitor free from the friend) Really cant afford anything else atm.
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