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I know the 7 series cars are coming out very very soon and i want to wait but idk kinda have the buy bug right now.

I used nvida for many years from the 5800 gt(something) BF2 days till last year with the 275gtx. I got the 5850 and it been a good card so far. i have recently advanced in my computer skills and learned how to oc the card rather well. Eitehr way i dont think even with a 1ghz gpu i will be able to play bf3 at high settings with a good avg 60fps . so i need help

1. i kinda want to go back to nvida sense drivers seem to be more stable(most of the time, i know nvidia isnt alays perfect to but also evga has a good oc program i think) and have always been with them...

2. i want something kinda future proof and good at oc. i heard nvida was better at this....

3. if i would buy a card i would like to do the 6950 and bios flash but heard that the card have been redone and it is now a hit and miss :0( if not than im temped to go in to the $300 rang and get a card above a 560 but not sure..

either way i need some guidance in picking something out :0(
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post #2 of 7
1. What is the maximum amount of money you want to spend?
2. Do you mind whether it is Nvidia or ATI? This helps narrow down the choice by a lot.
3. Does it have to be future proof until the next generation of gpus is released or until a while after that?
    
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post #3 of 7
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1.. well i dont really want to go in to the $300 range if i dont have to but dont mind if lets say i get 6 more months outta it compared to a midrange $200 card.

2.Dont mind at all but kinda leaning back into Nvidia but just depends on which one gives me more bang for buck :0)

3. i would like for it to be so that i would save a little in the long run
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post #4 of 7
If you want an ATI card look at either a hd 6950 or a hd 6970.
If you want to go Nvidia look at either a gtx 560ti or a gtx 570.
With these cards I would also recommend getting a version with good aftermarket cooling (MSI twin frozr cards and Asus DirectCuII cards come to mind)
    
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post #5 of 7
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ya i was looking at all the cards you named. that the hard part knowing on the ati card they coming out with the 7 series in a month or couple of months. and im not sure what nvidia is coming out with next. so idk if i should wait or not :/. and i almost wanna do a sli or cf but i keep getting different reviews :/
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post #6 of 7
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anyone help?
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post #7 of 7
If you want an ATI card, hold out until the 7 series comes out. They'll probably be out in time for Christmas. If you want to go Nvidia, get a card now, they are releasing their codename 'Kepler' gpus sometime in the first half of next year (we expect).

In my opinion at least, crossfire/SLI isn't worth doing if you are running on a single screen. Even if it is 2 lower end cards the scaling isn't 100%, meaning you don't technically get double the performance of a single card. You may also run into driver issues with crossfire/SLI and some games do not have proper profiles for crossfire/SLI.

If you are using 1 monitor, go for a single higher end card. It will probably save you a lot of headaches in the future with drivers and game compatibility, as well as the fact that you are getting full performance from the 1 card and not 80% of the performance of 2 cards because of the scaling performance loss.

But if you are running on 3 screens, certainly get 2 cards and run then in crossfire/SLI.
    
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