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Hey everyone. I'm in the market for a new GPU. I currently have the XFX 6950 1GB. I will be having a 3 monitor set up for gaming, online streaming and movies.

It doesn't matter if it AMD or Nvidia, whichever gives me the best bang for my buck, for gaming mainly.

Budget: $250ish.

Thanks! thumb.gifthumb.gif
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On Newegg right now you can get a reference 7950 for $200 AR or a Saphire 7950 for $220 AR. I think the 7950 is the best value card in that price range.
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HD 7950 all the way. best bang for buck and fastest card at USD 250. one of the best HD 7950 cards is HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost. reference HD 7970 PCB with more power phases than ref HD 7950. good cooler. unlocked voltage

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161429

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/his_7970_iceq_xsup2_ghz_edition_7950_iceq_xsup2_boost_clock,3.html

the card will fit in your case.

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/shinobi-xl#specs
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A 7950 would do well. If you want to stretch that budget a little bit, there is a 7970 $280 AR.
    
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What brand do you guys recommend for the 7950 and a 7970 (I see some that is under $300, which I might be able to do).
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stay away from XFX DD. Sapphire dual x, His iceq x2, Gigabyte windforce and MSI twin frozr are good options. Sapphire and HIS have 2 year warranty while MSI, Gigabyte have 3 yr warranty. take your pick. my recommendation is the HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost. 82% of newegg reviews are 5 star.

here is user feedback on gigabyte. newegg 5 star reviews are 60%

http://www.overclock.net/t/1416711/gigabyte-windforce-gold-standard

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414

you can ask in the HD 7900 users thread or add a poll thumb.gif
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Well i upgraded from a 6950 to 760 sli, you could go 760 or 7950, though lately im leaning towards the nvidia side.
 
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post #8 of 9
SinX7, the 7950 is almost equal to 2 6950 when oc'ed to 7970 GHz speed. your cpu might need a bit more of an oc.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5601273

if the difference in price between the 760 and 7950 is more than $50 . . . go for whichever is cheaper. but for three monitors, i'd go red.

this specifically . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007
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SinX7, the 7950 is almost equal to 2 6950 when oc'ed to 7970 GHz speed. your cpu might need a bit more of an oc.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5601273

if the difference in price between the 760 and 7950 is more than $50 . . . go for whichever is cheaper. but for three monitors, i'd go red.

this specifically . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007

yeah for a 3 monitor setup the sapphire flex is the best as it allows setting up 3 monitors without a displayport connector . thumb.gif

http://www.sapphiretech.com/Flex/FleX_Eng_apply.html
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