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post #11 of 26
Case doesn't matter as much as a good heatsink. What I would be worried about is that whether the card will fit in your case.

If you can't find a Sapphire 6950 Toxic, you can always get a MSI Twin Frozr.
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I would go for it then, the GTS 450 is not a very fast card at all. If nothing else, you can upgrade the rest of your system later and still have a fast GPU.

Transferring components between cases is not very hard, just need a screwdriver and a spare hour or two. If you need help with it, don't hesitate to PM me and I can help walk you through it.
Alright I'll go for getting the 6950 then. I couldn't find the Sapphire Toxic in stock anywhere, which would be better between http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814161372? The IceQ seems like it would stay cooler.

Also, should I absolutely get a new case for this card? I'm afraid of it overheating. My GTS 450 idles at like 40 in my current case, which seems pretty high for idling...
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Alright I'll go for getting the 6950 then. I couldn't find the Sapphire Toxic in stock anywhere, which would be better between http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814161372? The IceQ seems like it would stay cooler.

Also, should I absolutely get a new case for this card? I'm afraid of it overheating. My GTS 450 idles at like 40 in my current case, which seems pretty high for idling...
What case do you have? Those non-ref coolers absolutely need to have good airflow as they vent inside the case. 40*C isn't too hot for idle on a stock card, not optimal but not terrible either.
post #14 of 26
Swap out a couple stock fans for some with more juice, grab a 6950 like you were saying and pick up a hyper 212+ hsf for cheap. They go for 30$. Oc that quad and it'll feel like a whole new rig. Beware though, it can get terribly addicting.

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Swap out a couple stock fans for some with more juice, grab a 6950 like you were saying and pick up a hyper 212+ hsf for cheap. They go for 30$. Oc that quad and it'll feel like a whole new rig. Beware though, it can get terribly addicting.

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However my RAM will still only by 8gb of generic DDR2, so that'll be weakest component at that point, haha. But yea, that sounds like a good plan. Now to just find a case and some nicer fans to put in it...

Anybody know any good cases in the $50-100 range that would be good for my use and for a new rig I'll be building post-holidays?

Thanks in advance.
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What case do you have? Those non-ref coolers absolutely need to have good airflow as they vent inside the case. 40*C isn't too hot for idle on a stock card, not optimal but not terrible either.
Some generic ZT Systems one...


yea... don't laugh.

I think it has a 100mm (if even that big) intake and 100-120mm exhale. 2 fans. Pretty small fans. The case is already cramped and hot and that's with the 450 which I think is a bit smaller than the 6950.

Yea. Definitely need a new case. Haha.
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Some generic ZT Systems one...


yea... don't laugh.

I think it has a 100mm (if even that big) intake and 100-120mm exhale. 2 fans. Pretty small fans. The case is already cramped and hot and that's with the 450 which I think is a bit smaller than the 6950.

Yea. Definitely need a new case. Haha.
There are several really good cases for under $100, picking one up might not be such a bad idea. Until then, just take the side panel off. It works, right?
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There are several really good cases for under $100, picking one up might not be such a bad idea. Until then, just take the side panel off. It works, right?
Haha true enough.

Also, as a side note... I'm assuming that a 560 Ti wouldn't be worth it over a 6950? And even if it was, I should wait until the re-fresh in a month or two, but I don't want to wait that long for a new GPU... Am I making the right choice with the 6950? I usually am an Nvidia guy.
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Haha true enough.

Also, as a side note... I'm assuming that a 560 Ti wouldn't be worth it over a 6950? And even if it was, I should wait until the re-fresh in a month or two, but I don't want to wait that long for a new GPU... Am I making the right choice with the 6950? I usually am an Nvidia guy.
I don't really take sides too much, but the 6950 seems to be the faster of the two cards in most cases. It also has very good scaling should you decide to crossfire later. If you really want nvidia there is nothing wrong with the 560ti, they are very close together in terms of performance, thats just personal preference.
post #20 of 26
I'm also looking for a gpu for the same reason and I also came down to these 2 cards. What I want to know is which one is better from msi gtx 560 ti hawk and MSI hd 6950 twin frozer 3 oc? Which one is future proof? Can the above mentioned 6950 be unlocked? Which of the two will be better in a 2 or 3 way multi gpu setup?

I'm stuck and can't decide between the two.

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