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$300-$350 budget. What should I look at?

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I'm thinking either the 6970 or the 570. Any inputs? Even if it's not one of the mentioned cards, what is the king of the 300-350 dollar card market?
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If your ok with crossfire, 2x6850s.
If not, I would recommend a 6950. It's almost the same thing as the 6970 but $100 cheaper...

The GTX 570 is slightly better than the 6950, but at a price $80+ it, I don't find it worth it's value. Plus, I hear the 570 VREGs aren't the best if your into overclocking.



Barely a 1fps difference.




They do trade blows however. If you want to keep it simple and cheap, I would go with the 6950.
Edited by Buska103 - 4/8/11 at 1:21pm
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Just to make your choice a bit harder you can get 2 ati 5850s in a crossfire for about $320 total if your board and psu support them then you will see much greater performance. Just to throw it out there. . Other than that I agree with Buska103
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My current mobo only has one x16 bus :/

My PC is not the one in the sig, that's just my dream build and to remind me what parts I need to buy
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Just to make your choice a bit harder you can get 2 ati 5850s in a crossfire for about $320 total if your board and psu support them then you will see much greater performance. Just to throw it out there.
6xxx CF has better value/performance over the 5xxx series. If you want crossfire under $300, you can get two cheap 6850s for exactly that amount.

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My current mobo only has one x16 bus :/
The other one is x8; don't worry, it's been proven that cards don't utilize the full potential of the x16, so your only losing less than 5% by having a x16 with an x8. Consider 2x6850.

EDIT 1:
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My PC is not the one in the sig, that's just my dream build and to remind me what parts I need to buy
May I also say that I personally think the 6870 is garbage; I've got one, and I'm selling it. They run way to hot and loud, and they are only 5% away in performance from my DEAD silent MSI R6850... not to mention that I can overclock it +25%, while my reference 6870 doesn't want to stay above 7%.


EDIT 2: May I also add that 2x6850s dominate the 5970, meaning around +40% performance increase over the 6950/70 and the 570.


But crossfire really depends at what resolution you are playing at. If you are under 1080p; I would say don't bother.
And if you like BFBC2, I would also not get crossfire. Strange flickering all the time with DX10/11, DX9 doesn't have it, but I have no-AA on DX9 mode.
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Either a 6970 or a GTX 480 I would say depending which flavor you like
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post #7 of 18
570 > 6970 by 2-8%, 6970 CF > 570 SLI by 5-10%. Unless you go into the huge resolutions (2560x1600+), then you're gonna want the 2GB of the 6970.

As for those that are going to jump in and go "ZOMG 570s explodz!", just know that it is fairly rare and that nonreference cards like the Asus DCII, Gainward Phantom, and Palit Sonic have absolutely no issues.

A non-reference 480 is also a great choice, but it's going to be a little heavy on the power draw.
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post #8 of 18
Why would anyone recommend GTX 480 instead of HD6970 or HD6950 ? It's hot, wastes a lot of power and needs really good cooling for overclocking.

From what I've seen the 6970 is a bit faster than 570 but also a bit more expensive. It really comes down to preference, Nvidia usually has better drivers.
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Imo i would cfx that 6870! Or a 6970-GTX570 either one (both are high end performers!)
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post #10 of 18
A 570 would be the fastest option under $350.
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