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post #1 of 16
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Hi i am thinking of buying a new graphics card and i just cant choose. So hoping you guys/girls could help me.

My current system setup is:
i5 2500k
GB ud3r
4gb ddr3 1600 ram
1tb hdd
HD 6870 gpu
700 watt psu

I am not interested in crossfire. Pretty much the two cards im looking at are the HD 6970 or GTX 570, i am getting either card for the exact same price.

So both cards are same price and i play on 1920x1080 also i play a wide range of games eg: WOW,COD,Civilization5, metro 2033, Dead space 2, etc.

What should i DO ????
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post #2 of 16
Both cards are basically identical to be honest, performance wise.

Although the GTX570 folds better, can do PhysX (not that it's any good) and has CUDA (again, not that it is of any use.)

It draws less power than the 6970 but it also has weak VRM's that fry due to OC'ing.

I'd personally get the GTX570 because I don't OC my GPU's, but that's up to you.
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post #3 of 16
570 only if your not going to be doing any heavy overclocking with it, i seen some horrific pictures on this forum of peoples brand new 570 burnt, fried whatever you want to call it.
post #4 of 16
I'd get the HD6970, more VRAM is always nice
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight View Post
I'd get the HD6970, more VRAM is always nice
It has been proven on plenty of benchmarks that anything under 1920x1200 doesn't benefit from the extra VRAM.
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post #6 of 16
Since u can see from the other post that gtx570 has some things against it.
I would simply suggest u to go with HD6970,its a faster card than gtx570.
It has lot of overclocking headroom.
Try to get the card from msi/asus/sapphire
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
It has been proven on plenty of benchmarks that anything under 1920x1200 doesn't benefit from the extra VRAM.
I'm pretty sure GTA IV does and most games in the future will as well, nobody used to need more than 512MB of VRAM now most people need 1GB.
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post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
It has been proven on plenty of benchmarks that anything under 1920x1200 doesn't benefit from the extra VRAM.
I do agree with him,
anything under 1920x1200,1gb of VRAM of any high end card is good enough.
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight View Post
I'm pretty sure GTA IV does and most games in the future will as well, nobody used to need more than 512MB of VRAM now most people need 1GB.
for future proffing u can get 2gb of VRAM,
try to get msi hd6970 twin frozr oc
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post #10 of 16
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Im leaning towards the 6970 just becasue its newer and i guess would have better driver support ?

I could be wrong and agree 2gb is never a bad thing to have considering they are the exact same price.

It is a hard decision because they are the same price you havnt got that to argue a point lol. I wonder if anyone has had any first hand exp with both.
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