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Recommend a 6970?

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Hey - I'm putting together a new rig and I'm undecided on my gpu. I'm pretty sure I want to go with a 6970 over a 6950 and 570. The thing is though - I don't know which 6970 to get. I'm thinking either the MSI Lightning or the Gigabyte version with the triple fans. I'm most likely going to just use the stock cooling so - something that cools well. Also, I've never overclocked a gpu but really want to oc this - so one that oc's well too. Thanks XD
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XFX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150517

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150531
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post #3 of 10
As far as cooling goes along with the lightning and Gygabyte you stated, Powercolor also have a few model with more then one fan. There is also the ASUS hd6970 DCII that had some real good critics. hell even the reference model cooler do a good job.

If it was available in Brasil i would have bought the ASUS as i don't plan to CFx, remember that it's a 3 slot card.
post #4 of 10
I would recommend a XFX only for the warranty, if you are looking for something that can overclock look elsewhere imo. Been nothing but let down by how far i can push this card.
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post #5 of 10
If I could do it over again, I would of gotten this.
post #6 of 10
I'd get this
Will probably be as loud as my 6950 Toxic which is kind of annoying, but you can't beat the 300$ price tag. Plus free Dirt 3 and hdmi cable.
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post #7 of 10
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Well - I'm really looking for something overclockable with a decent cooling set up. I don't know how well the reference coolers are compared to some of the aftermarket types.
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post #8 of 10
I vote the MSI lightning. I have the Twin Frozr III and it's a great overclocker and stays cool. Fan gets loud at 60% though
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post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yeah - I'm leaning more towards the msi lightning - although do they overclock well despite the fact that they have a factory overclock?
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CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
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post #10 of 10
hey i have a 5 month old unlocked 6950 if you are interested, just figured id let you know thanks!
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|Samsung DDR3 4x4GB 2133 10-10-10-28-1t| |Crucial 64GB M4 SSD x 2| |Samsung 830 128GB| |Lite-On 4x Blu Ray| 
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