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Well, it's time to get ready for BF3 for me. This PC started out as just a budget build about a year ago and it's been good to me. However, I plan on replacing the GFX card and RAM before October.

What I was wondering was if it's worth it to spend the little bit of extra cash on a 6970 over just getting a 6950 reference card and flashing it. Does the flash make it literally equal? Does the 6970 have more OC headroom making it worth the extra 30 dollars? Etc etc.

Also I know you guys say all the time how you don't need as much wattage as most think, but would 500W be enough for these cards? I put everything in a wattage calculator and got a min recommendation of 488. Just makes me a bit nervous only having 12 wats of headroom but would rather not spend the money on a new PSU until I go CF later on.
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I'd say if the 6970 you are looking at is indeed only $30 more than the 6950, then go for it. The 6950 flashed with shaders unlocked and clocked at the same speed as a 6970 are roughly the same, give or take a couple FPS here and there. But for $30 more, you'd have that performance out of the box with OC headroom to spare.

So in short: Spend the extra $30 and go for the 6970.
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6970. the 2GB of vram will be extremely valuable in BF3 and other frostbite driven games.

not to mention the oc headroom you'll get as nickstricks stated
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Hmm, ok that settles that then.

What about the PSU? Should it be fine? Even though technically it should be I'm just wondering if the GFX card comes under heavy load it'll take up too much and constantly crash me.
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I agree with the above two posters. I would go for the 6970. Actually I just did. For the $30 price difference between the two you may as well just get the 6970.
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I see absolutely no point in spending 30 dollars for no reason.
    
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30 dollars isn't the big deal. Already decided on the 6970. The thing I'm really wondering now is if I have to replace my PSU or not.
Edited by FissioN2222 - 8/19/11 at 2:45pm
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Anyway, many of the HD 6950s you will find now have been disable on the hardware side instead of the software and won't unlock Also, with the 6970, the core should be binned higher and therefore clock higher.
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30 dollars isn't the big deal. Already decided on the 6970. The thing I'm really wondering now if I have to replace my PSU or not.

Yes, you should. Antec HCG 750w.
    
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6970. the 2GB of vram will be extremely valuable in BF3 and other frostbite driven games.

not to mention the oc headroom you'll get as nickstricks stated
What? Bad Company 2 uses 600MB for me, and I'm running 1920x1200.
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