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What is the best card under $200 these days?

Looking for a good company as well as my previous plans have been foiled due to choosing the wrong company.

pretty sure it goes without saying but i'd like to CF it in like 6-12 months

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post #2 of 35
Check out the ATI 6870.
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post #3 of 35
6870 or wait for price drop on 6950

EDIT: sapphire is a great bet.
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post #4 of 35
this weekend there is a 6870 for 199.99 free shipping and a 20 dollar MIR. best card under 200 then.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-349-_-Product
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post #5 of 35
Well there you have it.. 6870!
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The 6950 is just over $200 right now before taxes and is the absolute best deal on the market right now, if you get a 2GB Reference design. (HIS is the cheapest Ref 2GB 6950 currently) You basically get a $300+ card for just over $200 when you unlock it to 6970. If you cheap out on a 6800 card or something now you WILL regret it. Theres only a $30 difference between the 2 cheapest of each (HIS 6870 @ $205 - $15 MIR = $190 // HIS 6950 @ $240 - $20 MIR = $220) But the 6950 Unlocked to 6970 will eat that 6870 for lunch. The question is, is it worth saving $30 to take such a performance hit? Skimp on lunch for a few days, stop drinking coffee for 2 weeks, collect some bottles and cans for money. Seriously that $30 will be one of the best $30 extra invested into a PC. That IF you need a good GPU and are willing to go max on your budget... And since you stated you would Xfire later in a few months, I guess you need horsepower..

Get the 6950, you know you WAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNT it!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fuell View Post
The 6950 is just over $200 right now before taxes and is the absolute best deal on the market right now, if you get a 2GB Reference design. (HIS is the cheapest Ref 2GB 6950 currently) You basically get a $300+ card for just over $200 when you unlock it to 6970. If you cheap out on a 6800 card or something now you WILL regret it. Theres only a $30 difference between the 2 cheapest of each (HIS 6870 @ $205 - $15 MIR = $190 // HIS 6950 @ $240 - $20 MIR = $220) But the 6950 Unlocked to 6970 will eat that 6870 for lunch. The question is, is it worth saving $30 to take such a performance hit? Skimp on lunch for a few days, stop drinking coffee for 2 weeks, collect some bottles and cans for money. Seriously that $30 will be one of the best $30 extra invested into a PC. That IF you need a good GPU and are willing to go max on your budget... And since you stated you would Xfire later in a few months, I guess you need horsepower..

Get the 6950, you know you WAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNT it!
this is actually quite true.
an example is that i built my rig with a 5770 and at 1920x1200 i would drop to 25 fps in many parts of bad co 20, so i exchanged it and upgraded to a 5850 and sit at 60fps all the time with vsync, maxed out completely in bad co 2. the frame rates dip slightly if i am literally in the middle of a big explosion... that is about it. the difference is incomperable.

now consider this:
the 6870 is built from the 5770, it just has improved architecture of direct x 11.
the 6950 is built from the 5850, but again, improved direct x 11.
the 6870 performs very similar to the 5850, and the 6950 about doubles that. for 30 dollars, there should be no question. ESPECIALLY if you want to take advantage of tesselation and full scale destruction at 1080p in battlefield 3!
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post #8 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by civilian_pr0ject View Post
the 6870 performs very similar to the 5850, and the 6950 about doubles that.
Not really.



post #9 of 35
I would suggest avoiding advice from people who describe GPU performance in terms of "eats for lunch" and other subjective and useless feelings. My suggestion would be to look at the performance of the cards based on specifications and benchmarks, and then decide where the best value is.

Don't forget about the 5870. The 1GB can be found under $200 once and awhile and trade blows with the 6950 1GB cards.
     
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I would say an open box 560ti for around $188. That was what I did!
    
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