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Just wondering what people would recommend for a new card in the $180-$240 range mainly used for gaming.
Thanks in advance.
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Depends on how soon you need it. Nvidia is coming out with the GTX 600 series soon and should send the prices on current GTX 560ti's down to within that price. As for right now, that price point kinda sucks. The noticabely faster cards like the 6950 and gtx 560ti are about $275-300 new. At $200 I'de say the vanilla 560 is the best
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Depends on how soon you need it. Nvidia is coming out with the GTX 600 series soon and should send the prices on current GTX 560ti's down to within that price. As for right now, that price point kinda sucks. The noticabely faster cards like the 6950 and gtx 560ti are about $275-300 new. At $200 I'de say the vanilla 560 is the best


... Brand new 6970's are under 300 now. 

 

OP You can get a used 6950/70 for that price in the marketplace here.

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Used 6970s are going for $260 right now. (been thinking of going cf)

7850s are coming out soon. That should be better than 560ti performance for around the same price. Plus NVIDIAs new stuff is coming out soon as well. Now is kind of a bad time to buy a new card unless your getting a great deal on an outgoing model.
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My vote is for a reference 6950.
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My vote is for a reference 6950.

Just curious why? I have a reference 6970 because I got it for an amazing price. I wouldn't pic these reference blower designs, I'd rather have a dual fan one that runs cooler/quieter.
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Just curious why? I have a reference 6970 because I got it for an amazing price. I wouldn't pic these reference blower designs, I'd rather have a dual fan one that runs cooler/quieter.

6950=May unlock to 6970 for free.I'd pick a reference design..more likely to have Volterra chip.You can always get an aftermarket heatsink.
 
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6950=May unlock to 6970 for free.I'd pick a reference design..more likely to have Volterra chip.You can always get an aftermarket heatsink.

Good point, forgot about that, obviously because I couldnt do anything with my 6970. I just think about cooling and noise, I don't OC my 6970 because it already runs really hot.
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post #9 of 13
i know this is not gonna be $240 but if you can you can get 2x 7770 in crossfire (if your PSU supports it) for around $350. It's performance is very close to the 7950.
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Good point, forgot about that, obviously because I couldnt do anything with my 6970. I just think about cooling and noise, I don't OC my 6970 because it already runs really hot.

I have 2 reference 6970s and I prefer their design over the dual fan, for crossfire that is. I would rather have the hot air being blown out of my case then staying in and heating up everything else. Though my cards run rather cool, but may be case related. I have quite a bit of airflow.
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