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evga gtx 570 2560mb,his/powercolor 7950 3gb, evga gtx 580 1536mb or other

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so title says it all, i'm getting rid of 2x msi twin frozr ii 6950 2gbs, for one of above...i think!?
i'm torn i don't want to spend more then $480. yes i know kepler is "around the corner" don't really care, i'll upgrade when it does come out or pick up a 2nd card of above choices. i don't fold, or do anything graphic intensive besides the occasional photoshop and gaming, but i would want to water cool any of these cards, so reference is a must since i don't want universal blocks.

just need a little guidance on what your guys opinions are on these cards, and if you were in my shoe and could upgrade to kepler on release day but need a card now that may have good resale value (reason why i'm not opting for 560ti's or 69xx) which most likely i know the current series cards could decrease in value as well.

to help decide
mobo - asus p8z68 gen 3 board (pci 3.0)
cpu - i5-2500k (wc) - will get ivy when it comes out (if that matters for gpu?)
8gb corsair ram

any help will be appreciated, thx!
Edited by cruelntention - 2/21/12 at 12:09am
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i'd take the 7950, but watercooling might be a pain
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Originally Posted by naizarak View Post

i'd take the 7950, but watercooling might be a pain

why? are the his or powercolor not ref?
Edited by cruelntention - 2/21/12 at 12:09am
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I would go for the 7950 too, but I am not sure if they have much reference cards for it yet. I also think they are at a high price point right now.
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cripes, i was afraid this was gonna happen. the only downside is getting a 7950 and realizing i have to water cool it with a uni block.

okay lets throw in a twist. xfire and sli. which would be better? btw, i only run on 1 24" 1080p monitor currently. will go to dual screen down the road...like 6mths down the road lol
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post #6 of 7
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bump, anyone wanna input their 2 cents on what i should do?

mainly fps games.

i'm not biased to either ati/nvidia, althought i do like what physx can do, was pretty sad when i saw batman ac with and without physx (yes i know not many games use it)
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post #7 of 7
I would without a doubt get the 7950. I owned a GTX580 that was a pretty decent overclocker a while back and I really loved the performance, but my OC'd 7950 absolutely crushes it. Not even close. I have only done crossfire, so I cannot comment on SLI, but having tried 5850's, 6870's and 6950's in crossfire, I can say that I was generally very pleased with it's performance. Only issues I had with it such as heat, noise and occasional issues with bad scaling happens with SLI as well.
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