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Hi Guys

My MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III died an hour back ....
Looking to get a replacement card and not looking to spend too much as I will upgrade the whole system in an year or so.

Have been out of the harware space for a while, so looking for some recommendations.

My current specs are as follows:

1. Processor + MOBO : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge + Asus P8P67
2. PSU : FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W Modular
3. Memory : G-Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-1600 CL9 (2x4GB)
4. Graphics : MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 2GB
5. HD : Crucial M4 Sata3 64GB
6. Tower : Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
7. CPU Cooler : Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus

Thanks
Edited by experts - 6/17/13 at 10:50pm
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post #2 of 9
RMA it? Might get a free upgrade who knows O.o
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post #3 of 9
680's on eBay are pretty cheap now, just picked on up myself. You may want a 4GB version if you want to future proof. It also helps that you can throw these in SLI if you need another boost down the road.
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post #4 of 9
a budget would help to know what you can afford.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

a budget would help to know what you can afford.

Sorry - forgot to mention this. Not looking to spend over US$175 ...
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post #6 of 9
I feel for you. You are in the same situation as I am. My 6950OC packed up a while ago and Gigabyte replaced it with a 7850OC 2GB. It is of equivalent power to the 6950 I had. Perhaps slightly better in fact as it had double the memory and performed better at higher quality settings.


I too am planning a complete refresh so it'll do me until then. If you are looking for similar performance then I would get a 7850OC.

Alternatively a 7870 is a decent jump again in performance but just a bit over your limit.

This powercolor 7850 2Gb is a good deal - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473
Edited by dihartnell - 6/17/13 at 11:19pm
post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by experts View Post

Sorry - forgot to mention this. Not looking to spend over US$175 ...

thats a pretty good budget to get a 7850 2gig heres 2 i found both 2 gig models.

174.99 25 rebate makes it 149.99 3 free games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150656

159.99 no rebate 3 free games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406
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Quote:
Originally Posted by experts View Post

Not looking to spend over US$175 ...

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 ($154 AR $20 @ Newegg using promo code EMCXPWW42, expires in 40 minutes)
Sapphire 100355OCL ($180 AR $15 @ Newegg)
Gigabyte GV-R785OC-2GD ($180 @ NCIX US)
Edited by svenge - 6/17/13 at 11:18pm
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post #9 of 9
7850 sounds good smile.gif
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