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Hey guys. I'm looking to get the best GPU I can for my price range. 350 max budget. My problem is, I get pretty confused. The numbers seem to be all over the place. And there's sooooo many options.

I just want the best graphics I can get with 350. I plan on overclocking some very soon after I get it and i'd like to crossfire or SLI down the road, but lets take it one step at a time.

Also, obviously the best card I could get is likely right around my 350 limit, but if one comes reasonably close for considerably less money i'd be all over it.

Mainly want to run Skyrim really smoothly, as I got a taste of it on Xbox last week and loved it, but figured i'd play it the way it was meant to be played on pc xD

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and eagerly awaited!!
Thanks!

ps. not sure if it matters but i'm running win 7 ultimate, with 8gb vengeance ram, 3.4 gb 2600k CPU
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what power supply do you have? Also, I recommend the 448 core 560ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500231
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615
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well

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432

this ^ card is amazing. great overclocker due to the very nice heatsink. crazy heavy though. If you are in the market for something a little smaller (as in not a 3 slot graphics card) but with same power id go for this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125384
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Thanks guys. I have A Corsair Professional 850watt modular PSU.

And yeah, 3 slots would be a bit much since I only have a mid tower and plan to SLI or CF in the future, ahah.
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I try and stay away from those models (DC 3 slot and that huge gigabyte) because there are plenty of people who would have clearance issues. The 448 core 560ti is 0-2fps slower than a 570. For $50 less it's a great choice. On the AMD side, look for one of the many unlockable 6950 2gb models like these ones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575 . If you wanna get rid of the whole $350, the best use may be getting a gtx580 from someone on OCN marketplace.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 12/23/11 at 6:19pm
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Thanks guys. I have A Corsair Professional 850watt modular PSU.
And yeah, 3 slots would be a bit much since I only have a mid tower and plan to SLI or CF in the future, ahah.

good to know. I was not given case specs.
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I try and stay away from those models (DC 3 slot and that huge gigabyte) because there are plenty of people who would have clearance issues. The 448 core 560ti is 0-2fps slower than a 570. For $50 less it's a great choice. On the AMD side, look for one of the many unlockable 6950 2gb models like these ones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575 . If you wanna get rid of the whole $350, the best use may be getting a gtx580 from someone on OCN marketplace.

Thanks pure black. Thats some solid advice. The idea of overclock my vid card is very appealing but i'm still pretty new to all this. IIs an unlockable 6950 overclockable to a 6970? I read somewhere that you can flash one to a 6970.
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Could SLI two 460s to beat out a single 350$ card?
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Thanks pure black. Thats some solid advice. The idea of overclock my vid card is very appealing but i'm still pretty new to all this. IIs an unlockable 6950 overclockable to a 6970? I read somewhere that you can flash one to a 6970.

the chances of you bricking the card are not worth it if you only have 350 to spend. Just get a card that has a nice cooler so you can OC
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