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Hey guys, I'm building a new PC very soon and I'm still stuck on what GPU I should get for performance, price, and upgradability.

I'm looking at atm:
MSI Twin FrozR III R6950
EVGA 570

Any other alternatives either reference or nonreference that would outperform for a better or the same price?

Please comment. Thanks.
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post #2 of 13
get the MSI Twin FrozR III R6950. It can also unlock to the 6970. the 570 wins at 1080p on most games. I've used both fermi and the 6 series from AMD. Games feel far more smoother with less power draw, better temps, overclocking ect. Please note that's a personal experience.
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post #3 of 13
if you want a 570, get the non-ref models, like Asus DirectCU II or something like that, the ref 570 has skimped-out VRMs that will blow out.
     
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post #4 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChronoBodi View Post
if you want a 570, get the non-ref models, like Asus DirectCU II or something like that, the ref 570 has skimped-out VRMs that will blow out.
+1 for this even though I still recommend the TFIII 6950 in this case
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post #5 of 13
Definitely msi 6950 TFIII PE. Yea 570 is better, but 6950 can oc alot, without the risk of probably blowing up a vrm. Also if it unlocked then u got a great deal of a card. Now if u really want a 570 i suggest msi's TFIII version of it.
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post #7 of 13
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Alright, guess I'll go with the 6950. Thanks for the input. Thanks for the input Plex, but I'm not looking to spend that much even though that looks like a beast of a card.
Edited by Rarazuh - 4/22/11 at 8:40am
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post #8 of 13
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Actually, I might consider the Gigabyte nonref 570. Do you really think that 570 is worth the extra $65?
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post #9 of 13
I do, yeah. Consider the Twin Frozr, too-- sick card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127564
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post #10 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Plex View Post
I do, yeah. Consider the Twin Frozr, too-- sick card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127564
Do you think the gigabyte or the MSI is better because they're almost the same price?
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