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7950 HELL = 2 days before promo ends NEED HELP

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Hi everyone I am going crazy trying to decide which card to get that will make a big increase in gaming performance and fit inside my case. I have a Rosewill mid tower that only has 11" space for a GPU. Currently have a GTX 560 (non Ti) but even though Skyrim (no mods) plays on Ultra, I am unhappy with performance as it stutters&lags every 15 minutes. l'd like to get a better card like the 7870, 7950, or 7970 and as an added promotion they currently include 2 free games - but that promo ends in 2 days. Unfortunately nVidia only has in game coupons and no actual games for the 600 series cards - otherwise I would include the 670 in the list.

These listed below are the 7950 ones I could find under 11" to fit my case and would like to keep price in the 275-375 range. Also the drive bays in my case are metal so I don't plan on hacking it up. Thanks

POWER COLOR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131478

SAPPHIRE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026

MSI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667

My set up includes i5-2500k @4.0Ghz, Ares 8GB @2133MHz, Caviar Blue, Rosewill 630W Bronze 80+
Edited by slick40hk - 3/29/13 at 6:05pm
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Well, it seems like the Sapphire is a non-reference design, so i don't think any block will fit it. CoolingConfigurator states the Powercolor and the MSI may be compatible with a reference HD 7950 block, so i'd go with any of those. My money would go to MSI though.
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OK
Edited by slick40hk - 3/29/13 at 7:00pm
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Weird but i keep reading its not a reference design so worried that I should just get the cheaper one than spring the extra $30 for the MSI. Any reason why MSI gets the thumbs up instead of Sapphire?
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