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I hope this is the right section for this, but I'm helping out my buddy with his graphics card upgrade and he wants to know which ones will work for him.

Here's his current specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
8GB DDR2 700 RAM
Gainward Nvidia GT9600 650MHZ 512MB DDR3 DUAL DVI
500GB SATA HD -> A waiting 300GB Raptor to replace as main drive
550w Antec EarthWatt PSU

Budget $200, but can go up to $250.

These are the ones I suggested to him and I want to check to see how they are:

ASUS Nvidia GeForce 460 1GB GDDR5 RAM - $207
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121420

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 RAM - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102909


On the high-end of his budget:

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 RAM - $243
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102921

MSI Twin Frozr II Nvidia GeForce 560 1GB GDDR5 RAM - $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565
Edited by Lareson - 4/20/11 at 11:35am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-555-_-Product

Unlock it to 6970

just under 250$ with mail rebate
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I should also mention that he's not in the US.

Also need to remember that the reference 6950's are becoming very scarce, hence why I didn't suggest that to him. I just purchased a VisionTek 6950 and got a completely different card than what's pictured with a new non-referecnce board and cooler.
Edited by Lareson - 4/20/11 at 11:42am
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If your unsure if you can get a reference 6950 2GB then maybe get a 6950 1GB.
Its a good card for the money compared to the gtx560.
a bit more performance but you lack Physx and cuda.
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I should also mention that he's not in the US.

Also need to remember that the reference 6950's are becoming very scarce, hence why I didn't suggest that to him. I just purchased a VisionTek 6950 and got a completely different card than what's pictured with a new non-referecnce board and cooler.
If you wanted to get him a Radeon HD 6870, don't. It may have more shaders, but that alone is not worth it. Both can achieve 1GHz Core with setting the voltage just one notch higher and the Radeon HD 6870 can achieve 4.7GHz Memory instead of 4.4GHz for the 6850, but it's not worth it. In the end, it's only ~10% faster and you pay almost $50 for it. As for the higher-end, the GTX 560 Ti is a better adversary I think. It over-clocks higher and since that's a non-reference model it'll run cooler.
    
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not list GIGABYTE as a consideration? their ultra durable materials and windforce cooler are much better than other corporation's, actually I do agree that their products are always a little expensive than the others, but they do worth it. I really appreciate GIGABYTE's product.
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From my Experience a 6950 is a damn mighty card. For the price (bang for the buck and possibilty of unlocking to a 6970 if it is a reference card) I would go for it.

If not a GTX460 1GB is still beastly.
 
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