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Title pretty much says it all.

The goal is to improve my current gaming experience through a newer GPU. What ive looked at are the GTX470, HD6870, and HD6950 2gb.

My screen resolution is 1680*1050 and I don't plan on getting a larger screen.
I can currently play all my games with decent frame rates however the two games that I have some dips in are Crysis 2 and BC2 for obvious reasons.

A GPU that is going to provide anything over 60fps is useless to me, Im more concerned with having the ability to max out the game, and not have screen tearing (vsync on).

I thought of picking up a second 5770, but found that would be a waste considering I play WoW and CFX is currently unsupported.

Cheaper is better!
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I would go with an HD6950 (2gb is not needed for 1680x1050 btw), but I'm not sure how much you'll be bottlenecked by your cpu in Crysis...
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Well, a Radeon HD 6950 2GB is out of your $250 budget unless you get an unreputable one. The cheapest reputable one I was able to find is the reference HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB, and that goes for $275. You should get reference if you're planning on unlocking to a 6970. The next best thing available is the GTX 560 Ti, and the most reputable card is available for $250, a TwinFrozr II. It OCs like a monster and gets the same performance as a GTX 570 when you do. The 6950 OCs just a bit less and unlocking shaders only gives 3% performance increase. In the end, when OCed the GTX 560 Ti and Radeon HD 6950 are the same speed. Stock, the 6950 is 3% faster.

The TwinFrozr II 560 has better cooling, produces less noise, will give let you play games at max or near max. settings, and, like I said, is an OCing monster. Get that. Link.
    
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I would go with an HD6950 (2gb is not needed for 1680x1050 btw), but I'm not sure how much you'll be bottlenecked by your cpu in Crysis...
His CPU is much more than enough. It won't bottleneck even a GTX 570 or HD 6970 SLI/CF or a GTX 580. Yorkfield is still very fast.
    
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The new GTX 560 Ti Hawk came out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-578-_-Product

It's very close to the price range, and factory OC'd pretty high next to their Twin Frozr II model here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-565-_-Product

GTX 560s, from what I hear, have pretty high overclocking potential as well, which might be in your interest.

I've been in the same market for a new GPU as you, actually, for a while, and settled on the 560 Hawk. I just ordered it, though, so I can't really say anything about it. I've done a lot of research about the 560s though, and they seem pretty nice for the amount of money.
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His CPU is much more than enough. It won't bottleneck even a GTX 570 or HD 6970 SLI/CF or a GTX 580. Yorkfield is still very fast.
I agree, I dont forsee my cpu being a problem for a little while longer. Ill check out the GTX560 ti, how would that compare to the 6950 1gb model?
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The new GTX 560 Ti Hawk came out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-578-_-Product

It's very close to the price range, and factory OC'd pretty high next to their Twin Frozr II model here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-565-_-Product

GTX 560s, from what I hear, have pretty high overclocking potential as well, which might be in your interest.

I've been in the same market for a new GPU as you, actually, for a while, and settled on the 560 Hawk. I just ordered it, though, so I can't really say anything about it. I've done a lot of research about the 560s though, and they seem pretty nice for the amount of money.

Ill look into that one too, thank you. From the looks of it, based on a Metro 2033 bench run, the stock 560 TI will more than double my average framerates, and would improve my framerates by roughly 10 fps vs CF 5770's. Those results were at 1920*1200 with everything maxed, which is a pretty good indication it can run anything at my current resolution.
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I agree, I dont forsee my cpu being a problem for a little while longer. Ill check out the GTX560 ti, how would that compare to the 6950 1gb model?
It's 1% slower than the Radeon HD 6950 1GB at 1920x1200.



It's 2% faster than the 6950 at 1680x1050.

OCed, of course, this doesn't matter much. OCed you'll get GTX 570/6970 performance out of both.
    
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It's 1% slower than the Radeon HD 6950 1GB at 1920x1200.



It's 2% faster than the 6950 at 1680x1050.

OCed, of course, this doesn't matter much. OCed you'll get GTX 570/6970 performance out of both.
Cool thanks, so they are about the same performance wise. I know that when Nvidia released the GTX4xx series that their tesselation was much better than that of what ATI offered, is that still true in regards to the GTX5xx series vs. the HD6xxx series?

Would it be possible to run at max settings at my resolution with HBAO and Bloom enabled? No biggie if I cant.
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Cool thanks, so they are about the same performance wise. I know that when Nvidia released the GTX4xx series that their tesselation was much better than that of what ATI offered, is that still true in regards to the GTX5xx series vs. the HD6xxx series?

Would it be possible to run at max settings at my resolution with HBAO and Bloom enabled? No biggie if I cant.
NVIDIA's tessellation is still better, but AMD has recouped a lot of their lost performance there. At normal tessellation factors (what most games use) AMD is only slightly behind now.

What's your resolution? 1680x1050, no? If so, yes. At 1920x1080 you could also in most games except the poorly coded ones (Metro 2033, Crysis).
    
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