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Which one i should buy?

post #1 of 5
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hey!

i'm thinking about buying a brand new PC, and i'm stuck at the GPU part. what should i buy? I have about 360-370 USD to spend on it. i'm thinking between a GTX560 TI, a 2gigs Radeon hd6950, or a hd6850 in CF.

The main aim is 3d programing, video rendering and of course gaming, and to buy a stuff which i wont have to change in the next few years.

i've mostly recommended by the gtx560 ti because of the CUDA, but is it so much better than a crossfire system? i'm not sure that i'll have a high budget on buying pc parts in the future, so i want to get the most powerful config i can get.

Of course i'm ready for other ideas.

the pc's other, important specs:

asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
16 gigs of kingston hyperx 1600mhz memory
i7-2600k processor
96gigs of ssd
700 watt corsair power supply

thanks!
post #2 of 5
I can only speak to the gaming performance of the cards you have mentioned, so take my suggestion with a grain of salt. I'd definitely look hard at those 6950's. They are a great value. Most run very close in price to the 560ti in price and have double the vram. I believe the 560ti 2gb is available for about 265 too though and is a fantastic card. Also it would be great for folding if you're into that sort of thing. Mostly I'd shoot for the higher vram as more and more games are now requiring more. In my mind, the 6950 edges out the 560ti.

**edit** I have owned a 560ti palit card, and it was tiny, used very little power and performed great.
Edited by King Who Dat - 10/20/11 at 11:37am
post #3 of 5
the 6950 2gb toxic version unlocks to 6970pretty easy
post #4 of 5
I'de go with the 6950 2gb hands down
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by daman246 View Post
the 6950 2gb toxic version unlocks to 6970pretty easy
some do. but this is not guaranteed. the toxic is a great card either way though.
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