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I haven't shopped cards since my HD4870 was the best card around...but with all the new 5000/6000 cards, it's tough to figure-out which is the best-bang-for-the-buck...

I've read the 5870 is a powerhouse, but the upper-end 5000's can't be found anywhere...

I'm looking to spend around $200, although that's not carved-in-stone if the reasoning is sound...

It will be eventually used for video-editing...

Can anyone recommend a 5000 or 6000 series card that's available, and why?

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You can get used 6950 cards for ~$220. Otherwise I guess you'd have to jump down a step to a 6870, perhaps?

Edit: 6950 is probably your best bet.
Edited by t-ramp - 8/1/11 at 7:15am
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5 series is old so don't even think about it. 6950's go for around $250 so if you can squeeze a little more into your budget id go with that.

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I have a nice powercolor 5870 and I can say that it definitely is a beast. I would make a strong argument for the 6950 though. The 6950 is basically a watered down 6970 and many people have flashed the bios to be a 6970 which means they paid for a 6950 yet got 6970 performance out of it. Also, the tesselation quality and 3D features are nice on the 6000 series if you care about those so it usually makes sense for people to step to those from a 4000 series. I would recommend something like this if you buy new.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150527

It's a little out of your price range but does come with a game coupon too. If you bought used, I would try to find one of the flashed 6950s which has been turned into a pseudo 6970. Alternatively, you could wait until I get 35 rep and buy my 5870 since I want to upgrade to a gtx 570 or 580 soon
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does the op even need a 6950 for video editing?

besides, with a 19'' screen, i think a 6870 @ about $160 would be plenty for your need.
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If you want the best bang for the buck, definitely go with the 5770, according to the charts on this page: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/P...870_X2/29.html
If you're willing to spend an extra 40 bucks, then get one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523
The 6950 also gives pretty good performance for the money according to the chart.
If however, you're not paying to pay the extra, get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102948
For $25 less, you also get great performance for the dollar according to the chart.
You can also go the green route with this for an extra $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130623
Again, pretty good performance for the price according to the chart.
Or for $30 less with the green route, this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130623
All the cards I listed here have really good price to performance ratio.
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Is the 6950 that much better than the 6870?

Which manufacturer honors RMA's best, and is XFX RMA as bad as some people say?

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Is the 6950 that much better than the 6870?

Which manufacturer honors RMA's best, and is XFX RMA as bad as some people say?

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Yes 6950 is worth it. Go with Asus and MSI. Those 2 are the best companies to buy from atm. There are a few others that are good but those are my 2 go-to's.
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Sorry the recommendation for the 5770 is terrible. 5770s and 6770s are about the same performance of a 4870. So minimum upgrade would be 5850/6790. However you need to go a lot higher to make it really worth while. I agree with most people a 6950 id the logical upgrade here. If your open to nvidia the 560 ti is the direct competitor of the 6950. Basicay buy whichever one is cheaper.
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Is the 6950 that much better than the 6870?

Which manufacturer honors RMA's best, and is XFX RMA as bad as some people say?

Thanks-
if your purpose is video editing only, then 6870 should be great. it even plays modern games fine, but don't expect amazing frames though. and if you game quite a bit besides video editing, then like others have suggested, get the 6950, it's about 10% faster than the 6870(both at stock speeds), should last you a good few years if you're not the crazy gamer type...

i've dealt with xfx before with my 4890 card that died after a year, and no fuss they sent me a new one, but hey, maybe i was just a lucky customer, who knows, that was the only time i bought from xfx...

as for brands, personally i'd say just go with the big names and you can't really go wrong, asus, msi, gigabyte, evga etc
Edited by erik257 - 8/1/11 at 9:14am
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