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What is the best bang-for-the-buck video card nowadays? I'm more of an Nvidia user because of better driver support but I'm open to ATI options. I just prefer Nvidias of course.
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You can get an ATI 6850 from a reputable brand for around ~170$ or an nVidia GTX460(1gb) for ~185$.

Both OC very well. Can't really go wrong with either. TBH, nVidia does have the better driver. Neither are perfect. I can personally say i've had a good bit of little quirks with my HD4870, but god what a great card it's been to me overall.
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Well, there are lots of good bang-for-buck cards. What is your budget?
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The 6850, no doubt. Much better card than the gtx 460. It scales better in crossfire, overclocks better(from my experience since the 6850's stock clock is lower iirc), and has lower power consumption.

Also, don't worry about drivers, it is all a myth. When running single card, I never notice the difference. There are still some rough edges with crossfire, but hopefully amd starts working on their drivers better, they already show signs of that. And some games just have awful crossfire support, like crappy console ports. Games like the witcher, which was made only for pc, I see awesome scaling and no visible anomalies or crashes.
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What is the best bang-for-the-buck video card nowadays? I'm more of an Nvidia user because of better driver support but I'm open to ATI options. I just prefer Nvidias of course.
the best bang for the buck is amd hd6950 2gb,its costs around $260,u can unlock it to a hd6970
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I've seen a few Sapphire 6870's going for around $175 so I'd say the HD 6870
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folding wise its the GTS 450 hands down
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I've seen a few Sapphire 6870's going for around $175 so I'd say the HD 6870
This ^^

But give us your budget.
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the best bang for the buck is amd hd6950 2gb,its costs around $260,u can unlock it to a hd6970
They are close in price to performance, but I personally would never buy a 6950 to unlock. I heard overclocking is a problem, and sometimes parts of the card never truly unlock. Not to mention the 6950 is loud and hot, the 6850 is not.
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