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Hey everyone. I am building a new computer, and I have picked out most of the parts I need for my build. However, I am still unsure of which video card to go with. I've been out of the video card market for about 3 years, and a lot has changed sense then.

Currently I have a Asus 4870 with 512MB of VRAM. It has served my well for the past 3 years, but it is starting to really show it's age. Also, with my new 2500K coming the 4870 would be the biggest bottleneck in my computer when it comes to gaming. frown.gif

So after doing some extensive searching these are the options I have come up with:

My budget is ~$150 - $200. I might be tempted to go higher if I could find a crazy deal on a more powerful card.

1. The XFX 6870 1GB: $184.99 - $20MIR + Free Dirt 3. = $164.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

2. The XFX 6950 1 GB: $229.99 - $30MIR + Free Dirt 3 = $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523

3. The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti: $219.99 - $10MIR + Free Batman: Arkham City = $209.99

4. The MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC: $229.99 - $20MIR + Free Batman: Arkham City = $209.99 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58303&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1339


I know that the 6950 is faster then the 6870, but there is a $35 difference after MIR. Also, if the MIR doesn't go though the difference is $45.

I do like that I could get a 6950 for under $200, but the reviews on it make me worry about the HSF that XFX installed on it. Do any of you use this card, or have had one before?


There are a couple more cards using the same GPU core in the same price bracket, but I can't list them all. wink.gif

Right now I'm only gaming at 1680 x 1050, but I'm going to RMA my Samsung monitor so I'll be back up to 1920x1200 soon. Also, which ever card I do get I want to CrossFire / SLI it in the future.

If you have any other suggestions please post. My preferred stores are Amazon, Newegg, NCIXUS, and SuperBiiz. Tiger Direct charges shipping and tax for me so they usually end up costing a lot more then other stores.

If you know of any great sales on 6950 / 560 Ti please post!
Edited by AtomicFrost - 10/16/11 at 8:48pm
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If you're fine with modest but strong showing GPU performance, the 6870 is an absolutely fantastic mid-range card. As new GPU's ought to be released within the next six months (or so many hope), you can bet prices will be driven down for a second one soon enough. In fact, you could buy two used outright and have excellent performance right now. 6850/6870 CF scale very well, offer excellent price-to-performance dual-gpu solutions.
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK;15336965 
If you're fine with modest but strong showing GPU performance, the 6870 is an absolutely fantastic mid-range card. As new GPU's ought to be released within the next six months (or so many hope), you can bet prices will be driven down for a second one soon enough. In fact, you could buy two used outright and have excellent performance right now. 6850/6870 CF scale very well, offer excellent price-to-performance dual-gpu solutions.

That is a very good point. +REP biggrin.gif

Right now I'm sort of torn between:

1. Going cheap: Grab the 6870 for $165 AMIR
3. Go for the nine: Grab the 6950 for $199 AMIR
2. Going Green: Grab the 560 Ti for $209 AMIR

The cost difference between the 6870 and 6950 is $34 after the rebate. The cost difference between the 6870 and 560 Ti is $41.

So I guess the question is the extra performance over a 6870 worth an extra $34 - $41? I don't have an affinity for either Nvidia or AMD, I just look at what can offer me the best performance for what I'm paying. smile.gif

That also all hinges on the rebate coming through.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 10/16/11 at 8:50pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AtomicFrost;15337121 
That is a very good point. +REP biggrin.gif

Right now I'm sort of torn between:

1. Going cheap: Grab the 6870 for $165 AMIR
3. Go for the nine: Grab the 6950 for $199 AMIR
2. Going Green: Grab the 560 Ti for $209 AMIR

The cost difference between the 6870 and 6950 is $34 after the rebate. The cost difference between the 6870 and 560 Ti is $41.

So I guess the question is the extra performance over a 6870 worth an extra $34 - $41? That also all hinges on the rebate coming through.

Let me ask you this:

Do you play a lot of PhysX enabled games? If so you will benefit from the Green Team.

But also think about this:

If you end up doing SLI/CF in the future, remember that AMD drivers have downloadable 'CAPS' that install pre-arranged profiles for CF, whereas individual profiles are available for SLI from Nvidia drivers. There's a bit of tweaking available in the Nvidia drivers but if you go with AMD there's kind of not too many options to tweak for CF with - they just implement the best they can into the drivers they release (and then additionally over time with CAP releases).

thinking.gif A lot to ponder.... tongue.gif
    
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What games are you looking to play and at what settings, AA settings in particular. If you ever plan on moving beyond 1920x1080 you will need more than 1GB of VRAM for sure.

For BF3 and newer titles, you are going to need more than 1GB of VRAM to play at the highest settings. Also if you plan on crossfire/sli in the future, keep in mind VRAM does not add, 1GB cards in crossfire/sli will only have 1GB of total VRAM.


The Sapphire 6950 2GB Dirt3 Edition (comes with Dirt3 + DEUS EX + Shogun 2) is $250 AR at TigerDirect until Oct 31. Great cooling comparable to the TFIII and Sapphire has great customer support unlike the recent horror stories of XFX RMA's.


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1242002&CatId=7005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dutchgenius;15337235 
having just bought a 6870 myself, they seem to be quite a steal for the price. In the interest of saving you even more cash, here are some brand new 6870's for $145 including shipping:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-100314-3L-Radeon-HD-6870-1GB-256-bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-2-1-x16-/110759252693?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item19c9c412d5

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-100314-3L-Radeon-HD-6870-1GB-256-bit-GDDR5-/110759196368?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item19c9c336d0

If you do decide to go the Ebay/Used route, I would suggest getting MSI or Asus so you can still claim warranty since Sapphire like most companies require a sales receipt from the original buyer.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies;15337302 
If you do decide to go the Ebay/Used route, I would suggest getting MSI or Asus so you can still claim warranty since Sapphire like most companies require a sales receipt from the original buyer.

on that note, you could always buy an XFX used like I did... which comes with a lifetime transferrable warrantee.
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post #9 of 35
i'd say 560ti.
post #10 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies;15337182 
What games are you looking to play and at what settings, AA settings in particular. If you ever plan on moving beyond 1920x1080 you will need more than 1GB of VRAM for sure.

For BF3 and newer titles, you are going to need more than 1GB of VRAM to play at the highest settings. Also if you plan on crossfire/sli in the future, keep in mind VRAM does not add, 1GB cards in crossfire/sli will only have 1GB of total VRAM.


The Sapphire 6950 2GB Dirt3 Edition (comes with Dirt3 + DEUS EX + Shogun 2) is $250 AR at TigerDirect until Oct 31. Great cooling comparable to the TFIII and Sapphire has great customer support unlike the recent horror stories of XFX RMA's.


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1242002&CatId=7005

Right now the maximum resolution that I'll be playing at is 1920x1200. I'll have to look into how much of a performance hit I'd be looking at with 1 GB of VRAM. That 6950 would be a pretty great deal if I didn't live in FL. Looking at almost $20 in tax. The total with shipping would put me close to $300, and after rebate about $280 which is about $80 over what I wanted to pay. However, I'll keep this deal in mind.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dutchgenius;15337235 
having just bought a 6870 myself, they seem to be quite a steal for the price. In the interest of saving you even more cash, here are some brand new 6870's for $145 including shipping:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-100314-3L-Radeon-HD-6870-1GB-256-bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-2-1-x16-/110759252693?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item19c9c412d5

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-100314-3L-Radeon-HD-6870-1GB-256-bit-GDDR5-/110759196368?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item19c9c336d0

Those are some pretty good prices. However, I do worry about warranty issues. I think I'll stick to buying a card from a online e-tailer directly.

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YetiKube
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5960x Asus Rampage V Extreme  XFX 295x2 Core Hydro Edition CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2800 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 850 Pro  Samsung 850 EVO Western Digital Black 3TB  LG Bluray Burner 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
H110i GT Windows 8.1 Pro Asus 4k Corsair AX1500i  
CaseAudio
Corsair 900D Stock 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
(1) 2500K ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 GTX 780 Classified Mushkin 996995 DDR3 1600 (2 Sticks) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro (1) 150GB Western Digital Raptor (1) 1TB Western Digital Black Caviar (1) Samsung SATA DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Windows 8.1 LG 21:9 Ultrawide 34" 3440x1440 Filco 114 key (Blue Cherry) / HHKB Pro 2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850W - 850W Mountain Mods - U2 UFO Orginal - Gloss Black Logitech G400 / Razer Deathadder BE Razer Goliathus Extended / Artisan Hien VE (Sof... 
AudioOtherOther
Creative Sounds Blaster X-FI Titanium HD Asus USB N-53 Wireless USB adapter  12 Case Fans 
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ColdCut
(14 items)
 
YetiKube
(19 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5960x Asus Rampage V Extreme  XFX 295x2 Core Hydro Edition CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2800 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 850 Pro  Samsung 850 EVO Western Digital Black 3TB  LG Bluray Burner 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
H110i GT Windows 8.1 Pro Asus 4k Corsair AX1500i  
CaseAudio
Corsair 900D Stock 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
(1) 2500K ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 GTX 780 Classified Mushkin 996995 DDR3 1600 (2 Sticks) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro (1) 150GB Western Digital Raptor (1) 1TB Western Digital Black Caviar (1) Samsung SATA DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Windows 8.1 LG 21:9 Ultrawide 34" 3440x1440 Filco 114 key (Blue Cherry) / HHKB Pro 2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX850W - 850W Mountain Mods - U2 UFO Orginal - Gloss Black Logitech G400 / Razer Deathadder BE Razer Goliathus Extended / Artisan Hien VE (Sof... 
AudioOtherOther
Creative Sounds Blaster X-FI Titanium HD Asus USB N-53 Wireless USB adapter  12 Case Fans 
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