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So this is my second post and im really enjoying all the info on this forum but i need some help, I'm in need of some assistance in the GPU department...

The last time I upgraded was a few months ago I gutted out my pc and replaced pretty much everything, besides my graphics card.
Reason was, I spent a pretty penny on my new system and the graphics card I had is the 8800 Ultra, & that was very expensive card when i purchased it and I wanted it to last. But playing in low settings is just not worth it anymore especially on 1900 by 1200 resolution... And i'm not sure if the graphics card but it seems to as of lately crash or lagg in less than 20 mins of game play and the card runs at peak 80C so i'm just sick of it.

I want to upgrade sometime in the next few weeks ive been doing my research and my price range is 250 - 300 $ ATI/NVIDIA I have no preference but im told that if you have an AMD motherboard you should have an ATI graphics card? But my dilemma is should i wait until the newest and best GPU comes out then it lowers the price on the previous models so I can get a better deal? Please let me know any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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No, having an AMD motherboard does not mean you should have an AMD GPU. That's just false information given by people who know nothing about what they are saying.

The same applies to motherboards with nVidia chipsets... you can have ANY graphics card, regardless of the motherboard.


Now, on to the 250-300$ range, you have the Radeon HD 6950 and the Geforce GTX 570.

Both are great cards and will serve you well.

From personal experience, I love my HD 6870, an amazing card.
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I would say that now's a pretty good time to buy, and you obviously want to get rid of your current card.

With current generation cards, you have a choice between the GTX 560 Ti and the HD 6950. Personally, I'd go for the GTX 560, but you would probably get a little bit more performance out of the 6950, especially the 2GB version.

EDIT: Is it possible to get a GTX 570 for $300? I didn't think it was

And just to confirm, you can use any make of GPU with any make of CPU - you're not going to have any problems whatsoever with using a Nvidia GPU with an AMD motherboard.
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you don't need a ati/amd card with an amd motherboard, though SLI is not compatible with your motherboard. You could run a single card nVidia, AMD, or ATI setup. Though if you want to run multiple cards you'll have to use either ATI or AMD GPUs. I'd reccommend a 560Ti the Twin Frozr will allow you some major overclocking head room. Though if you want to upgrade to multiple GPUs in the future I'd get a 6950 though tat will be near the top of your budget.

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you don't need a ati/amd card with an amd motherboard, though SLI is not compatible with your motherboard. You could run a single card nVidia, AMD, or ATI setup. Though if you want to run multiple cards you'll have to use either ATI or AMD GPUs. I'd reccommend a 560Ti the Twin Frozr will allow you some major overclocking head room. Though if you want to upgrade to multiple GPUs in the future I'd get a 6950 though tat will be near the top of your budget.

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I'd rather stay away from SLI, Just from my own experiences the bottom or top card runs hotter and overheats... it's just a headache i want to avoid it I know they do perform faster cause they share the workload but it's just not for me haha, I would just rather throw a card in and start playing.
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I'd rather stay away from SLI, Just from my own experiences the bottom or top card runs hotter and overheats... it's just a headache i want to avoid it I know they do perform faster cause they share the workload but it's just not for me haha, I would just rather throw a card in and start playing.
I know exactly what your talking about lol i just fix my heating problem with my gtx 580s sli, but that card is a oven.

but lower cards like the gtx 460 768mb in sli wouldnt be that bad on heat, or even the 1gb version and they will be in your price range and would beat a single gtx 580, screw the 560ti you can get much better deals

All you have to do is set fan profiles in msi afterburner, its so easy even a cave man can do it lol
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Qu1ckset thanks for replying: The Gtx 460 in sli would be nice upgrade there's just a small problem. I only have a 500 watt psu, that and the cost I think one is around 200 so combined something like 400 dollars?
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with your psu, I'd say get a 560ti and oc your phenom to 3.8ghz
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I'm about to purchase a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950,

Ive been trying to look for the requirements for the PSU and I couldn't find any online just stress test etc, can someone who has the 6950 tell me what the watts needed for it this is my PSU



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EDIT: Sapphire site says 500 W my idiot fault
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