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post #1 of 19
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Hi all,
I am trying to decide which video card to get for my gaming rig it's getting a little old. I have 250 to spend ati or nvidia rest of specs in rigs. thanks. btw replacing a evga 260gtx 216 superclocked
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Used 6970
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used 570 or 6970.
 
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I second a used 6970. A review..

I've thoroughly enjoyed mine (I bought it back in June, I believe). I've never had trouble with any of my games. I have the HIS IceQ Turbo to be exact. I've found in my experience it can gets pretty warm and the fans start making some noise.
Edited by Asininity - 2/1/12 at 8:02pm
post #5 of 19
new: 6950

Used: Like everyone else has said 570 and 6970 are going for $250 pretty much everywhere
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post #6 of 19
Definitely an unlockable 6950. 560 Ti 448 Cores is also a decent option since you don't need to mess with unlocking, but it's slightly slower and costs a bit more.
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post #8 of 19
If you can wait just a tad longer, for ~$50 more you can run 2 6870s in Crossfire

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

Plus you get Dirt 3 for free.


2 6870s will outperform a single 6970.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=301


If you don't want to wait a little bit and spend ~$50 more, then I'd say this Sapphire 6950. It has a non-reference cooler, and with rebate it comes to $239.99, plus $7.56 shipping, amounting to a grand total of $247.55 after rebate. It has nice reviews as well, if you are worried about peace of mind:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954


Oh, and it also comes with a free game (Dirt 3) and a 2-year warranty
post #9 of 19
Well I technically got my 7970 for $250 since I was given a $300 newegg giftcard for Christmas. biggrin.gif


But to help you out definitely
New: 6950
Used: 6970

However aren't the 7870's going to be $300 (speculative of course) that would put the 7850 around $250 would it not, or do you guys think they are going to gouge us with these as well by making them $350-370 for 7870 and $280-350 for 7850?
Edited by PappaSmurfsHarem - 2/2/12 at 3:54pm
     
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post #10 of 19
Well for $260 you can get an MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 2GB which has the highest unlock to a 6970 chance besides reference cards. Since 2GB 6970s are around $330 I would say that's the best deal you can get.
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