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just got a 6870 and im very happy couldnt really afford the 6950 and it wasent in stock were i went neway,i had a 560 but had issues with it and returned it for cheaper 6870 and im pleased,if u really wana save sum cash the 460 is extremly cheap i jus sold mine when its overclocked it trades blows with a 470,great time to buy a gpu

edit: if u wana xfire later of course the 470 460 is out if they woulda had the 6950 in stock i woulda got it,but i cant complain i saved sum cash and got the 6870 which is giving me more than enuff performance
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I would say an open box 560ti for around $188. That was what I did!
This. Look out for Newegg open box deals.
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I don't get how someone a few posts earlier can consider 230+ just over 200 for the 6950.... and the 2GB reference models start at 265 right now. Sapphhire is a great company for AMD GPUs; my 6870 from them is pretty good. 6850 is decent as well.

Also the person who said the 6870 is based off 5770, you couldn't be more wrong; the 68XX series is based off the 58XX Cypress series http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/a...range-market/2

But I would highly recommend 6850 or 6870; they usually consume less power, run cooler, and quieter than the comparable performance and price of the GTX460 and 470

Edit: if you can find an open box 560 or 6950 i'd say go for that as others have stated
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hey i see u have a 6870 did u oc it at all just got mine and i herd it dont oc well maybe il start a differant thread
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Yeah, I was able to get mine at 970 core and 1200 memory on stock voltage (1.174). I bumped the voltage to 1.26 and got it to 1000 core 1250 memory; i didn't enable unofficial OC and push it more since I'm on stock cooling and this small room in the apartment get hot pushing up ambients. There's a whole thread about OC on the 6850 and 6870 already
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thanks il check out the thread i wasnt expecting it to oc much at all so thats good news
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I don't get how someone a few posts earlier can consider 230+ just over 200 for the 6950.... and the 2GB reference models start at 265 right now. Sapphhire is a great company for AMD GPUs; my 6870 from them is pretty good. 6850 is decent as well.

Also the person who said the 6870 is based off 5770, you couldn't be more wrong; the 68XX series is based off the 58XX Cypress series http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/a...range-market/2
ok let me explain this to you. it is no secret, at all, that amd bumped up the numbering scheme for thier series from the 5xxx to the 6xxx. this is based on relative performance.
5850 started around 300, 6850 started around 200 and quickly went towards the 150 range, just as the 57xx series did.

but there's more.
the 6870 is built off of the same chip as the 5770. they have the same number of stream processors sitting on almost the exact same sized PCB.
the 6870 comes with 1120 stream processors, the 5870 has 1600.
what the 5870 is lacking is dedicated physics processors and tessellation processors.

with the 6xxx series they bumped up, by one digit, the second number. this is to reflect the relative performance gains IN DIRECT X 11 of the newly dedicated direct x 11 rendering units. (namely, tessellation, and also, physics (not necessarily dx11 but to compete with nvidia))

6850=5750+dedicated dx11/physics
6870=5770+dedicated dx11/physics
6950=5850+ " "
6970=5870+ " "
6990=5970+ " "

making sense yet?

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u...k/50638481.jpg

the only advantage of the 6xxx series, in shear numbers, is geometric throughput (noticeable almost exclusively with tessellation)

this means that the 68xx series fall short of the 58xx series in many circumstances, but as a whole they pull ahead, and are thus priced (and named) accordingly. it's marketing.
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For under $200 I would go with a 5850, you can buy the Asus Direct CU 5850 for $206 with free shipping and get a $30 rebate for up to 2 cards this month. That's $176 for very OverClockable GPUs. Many of them will run at or beyond 5870 speeds.

On the other hand, if Tessellation is a big must have for you then you should go to the 6000 series.

In my opinion, seeing as pretty much nothing is using DX 11 and Tessellation even at this point, get a 5000 series card.
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SAPPHIRE 6870...FREE SHIPPING + $20 REBATE! What you're waiting for?
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Best card for $99 was the HD 4870 X2.

TigerDirect was selling refurbished Visiontek 4870X2's last night for $99. I think it's all gone now.
 
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