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Hello people, I'm building my very first build, and I'm considering buying either 2 Galaxy GeForce 465's or a HIS IceQ X Turbo AMD Radeon HD 6950. Im building a Bulldozer-ready high powered rig, but wanna stay on a budget. I wanna be able to max out new games at a steady 60 fps for at least 2 years. Which setup shows the most promising overall performance? Which is better for overclocking? Right now I'm leaning towards the 6950. Should I consider the GTX 465s in SLI, and if so why?
Edited by Rheinguard - 7/31/11 at 12:11am
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I would actually suggest GTX560 SLI, Or 6850 Crossfire.
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I'd get the sli setup, many people are happy with theirs.
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by AMDrocks View Post
I would actually suggest GTX560 SLI, Or 6850 Crossfire.
The reason I hyperlinked was because right now those 2 cards are the seem to have the best performance/price ratio I've seen. My limit is 275 USD, and that's pushing it. Right now the GTX 465 is 130 USD each and the 6950 is 270 USD with a 20 Dollar MIR. It has to stay between those two.

Behemoth, could you explain a little more why you'd go with the SLI setup, performance wise? BTW I love your Nero avatar. Alana Watson is mesmerizing, although I'd recommend bracers.
Edited by Rheinguard - 7/31/11 at 12:21am
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post #5 of 15
Well if your considering those your only options right now then the Sli will perform much better.
A 6950 wont ever touch a score like this


That being said you could always grab another 6950 down the road. So it up to you if you want the performance now, or get less now and add more later. Personally I would go with sli now and get a different gen in 2 years.
Edited by nagle3092 - 7/31/11 at 12:46am
 
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Thanks a bunch Nagle. That post was exactly what I was looking for. That benchmark shows that GTX 465s in SLI perform about 2 times faster than the (Non-Flashed) 6950. Although to be fair you have killer overclocks on both the GTX 465s and your CPU. How'd you manage to do that!!!
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Go serial warranty based 470s off ocn here for around $150 ea, imo.

Later on upgrade to water.

470 sli on air will out perform the 6950 (while using way more power mind you and be hotter/louder as well).

Going to water does a few things, most importantly it reduces fan noise, reduces operating temps, reduces power usage, and increases clock rates.



The biggest question you have to ask yourself is how much do you want to spend now, and how much are you willing to spend later...

More often than not getting the single most powerful card you can afford is the best way to go, however with 400 series being so dang dirty cheap, it's hard to pass them up specially in SLI configurations for the same, or less than a single high end AMD/Nvidia card.
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Were not even sure that bd can properly push 2a cards in sli so I urge you to wait for benches or buy sandy bridge.
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Thanks a bunch Nagle. That post was exactly what I was looking for. That benchmark shows that GTX 465s in SLI perform about 2 times faster than the (Non-Flashed) 6950. Although to be fair you have killer overclocks on both the GTX 465s and your CPU. How'd you manage to do that!!!
Well the 880 core was done with extra voltage 1.15v to be exact (I modded the bios for 1.187v). I normally run them at stock for gaming (they push BF:BC2 at 1920x1080 high setting 16xAF with 16xQCSAA). Sometimes at 700, and I cant honestly think ever at 750. Thats just the highest profile I have set just incase there is a game that would need it. I run with vsync because it keeps the cards cooler and they run wonderfully, most of the time they dont break 70c with the fans at 55%. I sold a 570 for these and it was well worth it (for me). I wont upgrade again until Kepler anyways.The Galaxys you linked should run cooler and overclock very nicely as well, just make sure you have a space in between the cards since they arnt reference so they can breath.
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Are u going 3 monitor setup? If yes that 2gb ati will shred the sli 1gb
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