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Hi everyone,

I'm considering building myself a rig and am in the process of deciding what parts to get (and seeing if I can save enough).

I'm currently thinking of an i7 2600K @ 3.4GHz, 12GB 1600MHz RAM, 1TB HD, and a 6970 or 580 (w/ 700w PSU).

I like to max my games no matter what I'm playing, I.E, Metro 2033, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2 -- anything that needs a bit of juice. I'm learning towards the 580 as I think it's more powerful and is pretty good in terms of audible sound and heat tmk, I do understand the 6970 would be a bit quieter and cooler but I don't think it'll be by that much.

I'd rather avoid a SLI or CF setup as I don't like the sound of micro stuttering, and well it isn't exactly in my budget.
I'll only be playing at 1920x1080 for now but I intend to move up to 2560x1440 or 2560x1600.

Appreciate any input! Thanks!
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ATI 6970 biggrin.gif or wait for the ATI 6990 card? biggrin.gif
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GTX 580 is faster.

Microstuttering is only apperent with more then 2X gpu's.

Dual single gpu card's wont have this problem.

my 6870's are smooth as silk

EDIT: the day they put a powerful 6970 in a mac is the day ill actually get one.

They might put in a low end 6 series card. the best GPU available for any imac atm is a 5670.
    
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580 is faster but 6970 is more bang for the buck.
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The 580 has about a 15% advantage on the HD 6970. Also, the HD 6970 is AMD, so it will have crappy drivers, no CUDA, PhysX, bad scaling for X-Fire.

......Get the GTX 580
    
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go away fanboi.

AMD driver's are just as good as nvidia.. it's uninformed user's like you that think other wise.

and in single GPU mode both AMD and Nvidia driver's dont pull ahed of eachother nor fall behind.

and amd scale's better then NVidia atm. so crappy driver's for the win right? - yeah man bad scaling. do your research..


for gaming: CUDA and PhysX are useless. so dont throw that in their on why it is a better gaming card. BS. this makes no difference

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Originally Posted by snelan;12041598 
The 580 has about a 15% advantage on the HD 6970. Also, the HD 6970 is AMD, so it will have crappy drivers, no CUDA, PhysX, bad scaling for X-Fire.

......Get the GTX 580

Edited by Yoko Littner - 1/17/11 at 6:07am
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoko Littner;12041609 
go away fanboi.

AMD driver's are just as good as nvidia.. it's uninformed user's like you that think other wise.

and in single GPU mode both AMD and Nvidia driver's dont pull ahed of eachother nor fall behind.

and amd scale's better then NVidia atm. so crappy driver's for the win right? - yeah man bad scaling. do your research..

Nvidia - rip you off - too high temps - power guzzlers = don't get Nvidia smile.gif
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you to. stop being a fanboi.

both card's company's are well priced.

all that matter's is which card put's out higher fps and at what price point.

with both side's offering's and what people see as 'value' as 'value' is subjective

no company is better then the other.

a GTX 480 run's hot. it is loud. but would crap over a single 6870. the end result is HIGHER performance. so why wouldnt someone get this card.. it performs better

oh but wait! Effeciency!!. this is a valid point. you pick either performance. or effiecncy. again the cash u pay for the card with is going towards one or the other.

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Nvidia - rip you off - too high temps - power guzzlers = don't get Nvidia smile.gif

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoko Littner;12041609 
go away fanboi.

AMD driver's are just as good as nvidia.. it's uninformed user's like you that think other wise.

and in single GPU mode both AMD and Nvidia driver's dont pull ahed of eachother nor fall behind.

and amd scale's better then NVidia atm. so crappy driver's for the win right? - yeah man bad scaling. do your research..


for gaming: CUDA and PhysX are useless. so dont throw that in their on why it is a better gaming card. BS. this makes no difference

From experience and hundreds of user references on this site alone, no ATI drivers are not as good as Nvidias. While Physx isnt supported in many games there are more than a few high profiles that do support it. Additionally there is also the benefit of 3d Vision should he ever go that route. Its not a matter of being a fanboy to simply state that Nvidia offers more software incentive than Ati does.

What scales better?

If he is going to get at 6970, then he should just buy a 6950 and flash it to a 6970.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomfix;12041639 
Nvidia - rip you off - too high temps - power guzzlers = don't get Nvidia smile.gif

The GTX580 actually runs cooler than my 6970.


Both cards are excellent, if you are on a tight budget, the 6970 is the way to go. If not, then the 580 is the fastest single gpu card available.
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