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Well, at the title says, thats what I need. I CAN do xfire // SLi and would prefer to stay south of 250 IF possible....

OR

If below $250 is not possible, recommend me a card close to that pricepoint // one that would REALLY let me max stuff.

Bonus points for explaining to me why you chose what you chose <3
post #2 of 15
If you really want to max stuff out on a 2560x1440 monitor, a single card under $250 just won't do it.

with this card you might get close, but not all the way there,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

2gb, great for high resolutions and just a great card overall thumb.gif

EDIT: If your 6870 is a 2gb card, it would be better to just buy another one and Xfire
Edited by aftershock64 - 3/20/12 at 5:37pm
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EVGA GTX 480-$249.99. The nice 1.5GB of VRAM won't allow you to competely max out modern demanding titles, but it will help in letting you turn up the eye-candy to somewhere very close biggrin.gif. Just know the 480 runs HOT so make sure your room's temperature does not exceed ~70F, and that you keep your case even cooler. smile.gif. I'd recommend you get a 2GB 6950(hopefully one that can unlock) if you could too since games now a days really do need that extra amount of VRAM. I'll be completely honest with you here. If you play anything like Skyrim(w/ mods) or BF3, etc., maxing's NOT going to happen on a 2560x1440 display with a $250 budget. (unless you get some crazy used/refurbished/open-box etc. deal. OR lower than ~40FPS is acceptable to you. Hope I helped. thumb.gif

EDIT: And yeah, a 2GB GTX 560 Ti would do you wonders too(still can't max everything). Sorry, it's just not possible with a budget like that. I should have gotten a 2GB model back in August now that I think about it frown.gif. At 1680x1050, I'd be able to max tongue.gif.
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I'm inclined to think that $250 mill cover about 3/5 of the cost of maxing out your 1440p display provided that you get good deals on gfx.

I'd say SLIing two GTX 480s will be a good price/performance wise solution with some future proofing. With Kepter coming the prices have already started to fall, and will fall a bit more when they actually come out. I wouldn't be surprised if you can get them for less than $200 a piece on sale without rebates in a couple months.

We SLId two (overclocked) GTX480s in my cousin's PC w/ a 120Hz monitor. So far almost no game can max out both GPUs except for maybe BF3. Of course that PC is under water so heat isn't a problem. I'm not so sure how good your case handle the heat on air if you go that route without water.
    
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alright, probably will go with the 560ti. Anyone have any other recommendations or arguments against it?

repped all of you. tyty
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alright, probably will go with the 560ti. Anyone have any other recommendations or arguments against it?
repped all of you. tyty


 

Most 560tis only come in 1.2gb(if not all) so wouldn't something along the lines of a 2gb 6950 be a smarter move? It'd definitely be a lot easier to find. Especially at a better price too.

 

IIRC The 6950 runs higher resolutions better than equivalent Nvidia cards, even if the FPS were the same. In Skyrim and BF3 at least.

 

Edit:

Only relevant if you were to buy used, might null this whole comment.

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Against a 560Ti. You'll want the extra RAM sometime or another. Expect ~40fps in BF3 in ultra settings no AA if you get the 6950 a bit more if you xfire the current card.
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Most 560tis only come in 1.2gb(if not all) so wouldn't something along the lines of a 2gb 6950 be a smarter move? It'd definitely be a lot easier to find. Especially at a better price too.

IIRC The 6950 runs higher resolutions better than equivalent Nvidia cards, even if the FPS were the same. In Skyrim and BF3 at least.

Edit:
Only relevant if you were to buy used, might null this whole comment.

Yes, but that GTX560Ti linked above is a 2GB version.

And, HD6950 2GB is surely a good choice but unfortunately it is just unlikely to find a new one selling under US$250 limit.

The EVGA GTX480 mentioned above is a serious contender, IMHO. While its 1.5GB is fewer than the 2GB of the above linked MSI GTX560 Ti OC, its core power is roughly 22% more.

I think the deciding factor is whether or not OP will do SLI of a second GTX560 Ti 2GB down the road. If yes, then it is best of both worlds as GTX560Ti 2GB setup has both 2GB memory and core power. If no, I think a single GTX480 might be a better choice.

Reference:-http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Frozr_II_OC/27.html
post #9 of 15
hmm whch 6870 from xfx do you have is my first question is it the 1 or 2gb version if its the 2gb version id just get another one and crossfire them
since you can pick one up at the egg for at most $190
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I have the 1gb version FYI. I wouldn't mind going used either... 6950>560ti ?
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