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After much dismay over the failure that is bulldozer, I decided I still want to do some upgrade to my system. Thus the next logical part to upgrade was GPU so I currently have a sapphire 5770 1GB, I am looking for a new card in the price range of what a FX8150 would cost so about $240. I was thinking about the GTX 560 Ti or the HD 6970. I would like some input as to what would be the best card for under $240.
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Won't hurt to go with 6970's. It may perform better and 2gb of VRAM is also nice. Plus looks like you were a previous owner of an AMD card. so getting a 6970 should be familiar to you. Either of them should be good though.
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i go with a 6950 2gb
 
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Although I'm still unhappy with AMD the 6950 does certainly do better than the GTX 560Ti and for only $20 more. I'm kinda leaning toward the 6950 Were I to go with the 6950 who makes the best Card.
Edited by DSP1 - 10/12/11 at 12:54pm
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Under $240 ? looking to buy USED ? because you're not going to find a HD-6970 for under $240 sorry ... cheapest HD-6970 deal that I know of is Sapphire HD-6970 = $300 after MIR @ NewEgg

For maybe just a bit more than $240 you'll get the DIRT3 HD-6950 card though. The GTX-560ti's are a little cheaper and you should find the 1GB ones for under $240 (MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti) but again if you want a 2GB 560ti you'll be in the $270-$300 range (EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560ti 2GB) just like the better HD-6950's, such as my beloved TOXIC HD-6950 or the MSI PE/OC TwinFrozrIII HD-6950.


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Originally Posted by DSP1 View Post
I'm kinda leaning toward the 6950 Were I to go with the 6950 who makes the best Card.
These are the TWO BEST HD-6950's on the Market PERIOD ! no debate, anyone argues it ... THEY ARE WRONG ! simple as that really.
Sapphire TOXIC HD-6950 or the MSI PE/OC TwinFrozrIII HD-6950

If you want a more budget friendly option with a chance to UnLock it will be the Sapphire DIRT3 HD-6950
Edit: Though TigerDirect has the better deal on this card right now, plus THREE FREE games - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...002&CatId=7005

Happy Shopping

Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 10/12/11 at 1:10pm
   
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post #6 of 16
Go with the Sapphire or MSI brand cards?
EDIT: What LA_KIngs_Fan said. Dirt3 version, TOXIC, or TwinFrozr!
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what about MSI R6950 Twin FROZR III 2GB? between that and Sapphire 6950 Toxic edition 2GB.
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Looks as if the MSI Twin FROZR has better cooling capabilites.
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post #9 of 16
THE BEST card is the TOXIC. it's the FASTEST 6950 on the Market, w/ BEST chance to UnLock, it's a BEAST !

JUST SLIGHTLY behind but ALMOST as good, though you can argue better Cooling/fan set-up is the MSI PE/OC TwinFrozrIII.

... the other 3 MSI 6950's (they make 4 of them) aren't even worth talking about, it's THOSE TWO cards, PERIOD !, or if on a Budget try the DIRT3 card.
All the other cards are to hit or miss ... the Sapphire TOXIC is a GRAND SLAM HOME RUN, the MSI PE/OC TwinFrozrIII is a HOME RUN, the Sapphire DIRT3 is a TRIPLE w/ 2 runs batted in.
   
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post #10 of 16
I have 2 msi tf3 6950s, best cards for my price point. they are rock solid, there is someone here running his at 1030 core. lots of power phases, great cooler. even in a 800d and in crossfire i can keep them under 80C with minimal noise. at 100% fan they are very loud.

edit, on a side note I do wish the toxic came out when I needed new cards as the tf3's need universal waterblocks.
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