Originally Posted by Haze80
Im stuck on these choices. 6970,570 and 580 hmmm what to pick. Like I said I cant crossfire or sli and just want the most fluent gameplay without doing overkill.
I would go with the 6950 or the 570 personally.
Both cards carry the relative performance of their bigger-siblings, and both cards can be overclocked to similar levels - the 6950 has been shown to perform almost hand in hand with the 6970 when overclocked with real-world differences being minimal at best, and that's not considering that most are unlocking to 6970's anyways.
The 570 has all the benefits of the 580 with its better cooling solution and performance efficiency gains, carrying more than the power of the gtx480 for a cheaper price.
Both of these cards will be HUGE upgrades for you from a 5830 and frankly their more expensive counter-parts (5970/580) will not be worth the extra price premium in actual gameplay terms.
By the time the difference between the 6950/570 and 6970/580 becomes pronounced in actual gameplay you will be ready to upgrade again anyways.
Personally I would take the money saved purchasing a 6950/570 over the 6970/580 and use it towards ordering a new case at the same time. You will want to consider that your Antec 300 may be a little small for such high end cards (I know mine is feeling that way) not to mention its lack of cable-management features have me a wits end, and you should also consider the ability of a Raidmax PSU to run these cards. I'm no PSU expert, but it's something you should look into ...Edited by willibj - 1/8/11 at 2:31pm