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So , my little brother's gelous how i can run all my games much much nicer than him (he's got a 9800gt 1gb) , and he kept complaining to my parents who now want to buy him a vodeocard . Now , i said either 6950 and unlock it to 6970 or a 2gb gtx 560 . Or could you recomend something better ? under 300 of course .
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post #2 of 20
560TI is comparable to a 6950 1GB, 2GB version is worthless as you'll never be able to use it at ultra high resolutions that the vram would help with. If you want an unlockable card go with the Sapphire ones, they do the best from what I've read [Just make sure to grab the 2GB one as there is no way to unlock the 1GB version].
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Well , just tell me which is the best .. (He uses my parent's lcd-tv a lot , so he will be gaming at very high resolutions , and of course , his favourite game (GTA IV) eats quite a lot of memory .
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post #4 of 20
Size of the TV doesn't affect resolution - tv's don't go any higher than 1920 x 1080, the only time you would start to see the benefit of 2GB of memory would be 2560 x 1600 or higher (30" monitor or multi monitor setup) - go with the 6950 2GB (because it is only a couple $$ more than the 1GB and can be flashed to the 6970 where as the 1GB version cannot)

aka buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914
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post #5 of 20
Either get a 560ti(they OC well) or get a 6950 2GB version and unlock the shaders...both. would do him well

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Asus or MSI 560ti
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Go with Visiontek 6950 2GB. Works well, reference cooler, high unlock success rate and lifetime warranty.
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post #8 of 20
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what's the difference between a unlocked 6950 and a 6970 ?
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post #9 of 20
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Oh and also .. would his nzxt gamma fit a 6950 ?
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post #10 of 20
Unlocked 6950 can be basically tricked into thinking its a 6970 and nearly running the exact same, so you get a 6970 for the price of a 6950.

Yes 6950 is a pretty small card, not like the 6990.

Won't have any issues fitting into the Gamma, don't think it will overhang the motherboard even.

My General rule, if you have any concern for $ -> ATI, No money problem -> Nvidia.
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