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This isn't a thread to start a fanboy war. I have a budget of under 250$ and want to buy a card that has some future in it. I am a gamer. I cant decide if i should just buy another xfx5770hd or just upgrade to a new card. Help me! Some links would be awesome. If there are anymore questions ill answer them promply. Thanks!
Well if your going to go with the AMD 6950 I'd strongly suggest:

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB $274.99 after rebate $254.99. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise but Sapphire owners are very happy with Sapphire more than any other AMD manufacture. Just read the reviews yourself, five stars after 164 reviews.

Now if that's too expensive, your down to either an AMD 6950 1Gb or a GTX 560ti 1Gb - then I'd strongly suggest:

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $244.99 after rebate $224.99. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise but this card is way more over clockable than the AMD 6950 1Gb version and you'll get better performance.

Down the road in a year or two when gaming catches up with these cards you can add a second and either SLI or Crossfire and you'll be back on top without any problem. Also by then if there are any issues with SLI or Crossfire they will have been ironed out on these series. Only problem you'll have is the PSU You'll have to upgrade to a 750 watt to be safe.

The AMD 6950 2GB is the reference card and will unlock for you into a AMD 6970 performance level. Read up on this so you know if can handle the issues that might arise but for the most part it's successful. With this card you'll be drawing more power with bios unlock and with your current PSU you won't be able to run crossfire unless you upgraded to 850 watt PSU.

The AMD 6950 1Gb doesn't have better performance over the GTX 560ti. In fact since you can't unlock the BIOS on the 1GB version the GTX 560ti is now your choice. It can run two monitors as well through DVI ports.

The MSI GTX 560ti TFII is quality built, military grade capacitors, mosfet, super alloy chokes. Runs much cooler than reference card and highly over clockable. Any of the Twin Frozr II or III cards are really a solid choice from either brand MSI makes. Again you can't SLI or Crossfire with a 650 watt PSU.

So there you have it, straight answer. Either choice will be good for single card solution at the moment with your current set up. Question is what can you afford or want to get into for your current situation and set up. Good luck. I know how it is to have a budget and try to get the most out of it, your was $250 in this case. Let us know eventually which way you went.
     
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buy gigabyte 6950 2GB and unlock it core.
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I'm with Arizonian. My roommate has a Sapphire 5870 that hasn't served him badly since he bought it last year, and the twin frozr II version of the 560 Ti is fantastic.

Between the 560 and 5950 though, it really just comes down to brand/driver preference.
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Thanks for the replies so far...id like to stick to AMD cause thats just what ive been using till now. Im more familiar with the software and such. What is wrong with this version of the 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-523-_-Product
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Thanks for the replies so far...id like to stick to AMD cause thats just what ive been using till now. Im more familiar with the software and such. What is wrong with this version of the 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-523-_-Product
Nothing is wrong with that choice except the 1GB version BIOS is not unlockable to 6970 performance. It's still over clockable however.

I've never personally owned an XFX so I can't comment from experience.Still a good choice and enjoy gaming with it.
     
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vsmith thanks for the link. Seems that card has some great performance. Can you link a particular one that you suggest. There are so many brands. A newegg link would be great. Im looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523
Steer clear of XFX. I bought a 5850 from them back in November, and I've already had to RMA two cards. Their customer service blows, too.

In any case, I'd go with this as a 6950, it's a tad more expensive but Sapphire is a very reputable company when it comes to ATi cards, and they're relatively cheap: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-928-_-Product

I'd also recommend MSI's 560 Ti with Twin Frozr II cooler. It overclocks well and can pretty much reach stock 570 speeds. 250 bucks with free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-565-_-Product

Edit: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT Arizonian I should have read what you posted...was replying to something that OP said on the first page without seeing it. I just posted the same two exact products without reading what you wrote. @.@
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