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Hi guys and girls. I'm looking for a card for Diablo 3 but also to be future proof for demanding games like Crysis 3 and other DX11 releases in 2013.

3 Choices with prices:
1) 6950 2GB (not unlockable) - $200
2) 560 Ti 448 1.25GB - $220
3) 7850 2GB - $240 if you sign up for 2 day shipping (30 day trial)

Factors that matter to me:
Price and performance
Future-proof that I will eventually add Crossfire/SLI (PSU not a factor)

Which card would you pick based on the info above, and why?

Thanks
Edited by rgr555 - 4/29/12 at 5:49am
    
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I would pick 7850, new arch(drivers might get better after time) + better overclocker and uses less power.
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It's definitely the best card I think but it's also $50 more than the 6950. That''s what I'm having problems with justifying. Is it worth $50 more?
    
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I would pick 7850, new arch(drivers might get better after time) + better overclocker and uses less power + PCI-Express 3.0 PCIe.

560 ti 448 wont last you long since your going to sli and you will hit Vram pretty fast since it only has 1.2 gb Vram.
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It's definitely the best card I think but it's also $50 more than the 6950. That''s what I'm having problems with justifying. Is it worth $50 more?

Yes, lately not many 6950's have unlocked, in my opinion 7850 is more "futureproof" and that 50$ you might save in electricity over 6950 after a while biggrin.gif
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Unfortunately after further poking around I don't think I'm comfortable going with the HIS Brand for the 7850. I guess the question is whether the 7850 is worth $60-70 more than the 6950 if I go with a more reputable brand. Argh!
    
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post #7 of 14
6950 aint that much behind the 7850 performance wise, but the 7850 overclocks better. 6950, especially 2 in CF, would still be great. I had 2 MSI ones and those were awesome even before unlocking.
The 560ti 448c aint worth it, they'll be bottlenecked by vram quite fast.
6950 is a decent card, slower than the 448cores but has more vram, which is a plus. Would be cheap to get 2 for crossfire second hand, even ones that are unlocked.
7850 is the most powerful and clocks really well, and has the 2 gigs of vram too. It also needs way less juice and is overall newer tech. Yeah, it's more expensive than the other 2 but I think it's worth it, especially if you arent afraid to raise the clocks a bit.
Btw, why not HIS? Havent heard anything out of the ordinary about them, and their coolers are usually pretty good?
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HIS is a good brand, nothing wrong with them. Their card's run cool.
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post #9 of 14
7850 because theyre good overclockers, in the long run you will be saving money on the power bill as well. Im pretty sure the 7850 can beat a 448. As for branding, his is fine, why not try get a sapphire card tho
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I've read RMA process is tough with HIS because they are Hong Kong based company (in general, Hong Kong is high quality stuff)

Is PowerColor better than HIS? Or same? same pricing
Edited by rgr555 - 4/29/12 at 6:25am
    
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