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WHICH GRAPHICS CARD TO BUY $200-$350

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January 6, 2012 10:41:13 AM

I will probably be spending anywhere form 200$-$350. I have already found these two:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-o...

http://www.ebuyer.com/338548-sapphire-hd-6950-2gb-dual-...


Which one should I buy?


any other suggestions feel free to say

I will be playing FSX, BF3 and I ocasionally will play CIVILIZATION V

the rest im buying:

i5 2500k (will to OC 4.4)
12gb ddr3 1600
p67a gd55 MSI mobo
H60 water cooler (CPU)
500gb 7200 sata3 16mb cache
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January 6, 2012 10:50:41 AM

FSX-JACK said:
I will probably be spending anywhere form 200$-$350. I have already found these two:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-gigabyte-gtx-560ti-o...

http://www.ebuyer.com/338548-sapphire-hd-6950-2gb-dual-...


Which one should I buy?


any other suggestions feel free to say

I will be playing FSX, BF3 and I ocasionally will play CIVILIZATION V

the rest im buying:

i5 2500k (will to OC 4.4)
12gb ddr3 1600
p67a gd55 MSI mobo
H60 water cooler (CPU)
500gb 7200 sata3 16mb cache


I GOT the 560ti, and highly recommend it, great graphic card, one of the best nvidia price/quality cards i've found.
January 6, 2012 10:54:15 AM

ricardois said:
I GOT the 560ti, and highly recommend it, great graphic card, one of the best nvidia price/quality cards i've found.

what games do you play, what settings do you play and what kind of framerates do you get? :) 
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January 6, 2012 11:00:39 AM

Tuilalcaron said:
There's no need to look at the 2gb 6950 - the 1gb versions do just as good a job if not slightly better and cost less too - good article here comparing them
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-benchm...

The 560Ti is a very nice card though.

so basically its a question of nvidia of ati, or is it worth it to get a gtx 570. but i would rather no spend the money, unless are they really that good, will i benefit from it over a good gtx 560ti. p.s, i would prefer nvidia, but what do you think
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January 6, 2012 11:01:08 AM

All that we got SINGLEPLAYER nowdays, Skyrim, BF3, MW3, NFs The RUN,Crysis 2, Batman AC, I play in 1920x1080, and got awesome fps, Tweak always the graphics to max/or close to it, bf3 ultra, with 2xAA with 50+ fps, (Singleplayer), Skyrim everething on max shadows to High 60FPS, Crysis 2 Everething on max 60FPS (With the Tesselation pack they drop a lot), NFS the RUN 30fps (i think it is locked) but all on max, pretty solid by the way, no drops, i just love it... also you have the physx plus with nvidia card... and if you think you want more FPS, you can add another 560ti the graphics show they are better (on SLI) than one 580 and you pay less...
January 6, 2012 11:08:40 AM

ricardois said:
All that we got SINGLEPLAYER nowdays, Skyrim, BF3, MW3, NFs The RUN,Crysis 2, Batman AC, I play in 1920x1080, and got awesome fps, Tweak always the graphics to max/or close to it, bf3 ultra, with 2xAA with 50+ fps, (Singleplayer), Skyrim everething on max shadows to High 60FPS, Crysis 2 Everething on max 60FPS (With the Tesselation pack they drop a lot), NFS the RUN 30fps (i think it is locked) but all on max, pretty solid by the way, no drops, i just love it... also you have the physx plus with nvidia card... and if you think you want more FPS, you can add another 560ti the graphics show they are better (on SLI) than one 580 and you pay less...


ok you've made my mind up. I will go with the GTX 560Ti. Now it's the case of finding a good, fast, overclockable one, or is it better not to OC them. any suggestions on a good card, and on overclocking it.
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January 6, 2012 11:14:22 AM

FSX-JACK said:
ok you've made my mind up. I will go with the GTX 560Ti. Now it's the case of finding a good, fast, overclockable one, or is it better not to OC them. any suggestions on a good card, and on overclocking it.


The one i got is a MSI 560TI Twin Frozr II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My brother got one with the Reference cooler from ECS, but the TwinFrozr is 20c cooler that means you can overclock it if you want and they both are very quiet, i didn't went to overclock yet because i think it is great already and don't want to risk U$ 260, but i approve the TwinFrozr II
January 6, 2012 11:21:39 AM

ricardois said:
The one i got is a MSI 560TI Twin Frozr II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My brother got one with the Reference cooler from ECS, but the TwinFrozr is 20c cooler that means you can overclock it if you want and they both are very quiet, i didn't went to overclock yet because i think it is great already and don't want to risk U$ 260, but i approve the TwinFrozr II

what about this:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-msi-gtx560ti-twin...

sorry for all the questions but do you think it'll be worth while buying a gtx570 instead?
January 6, 2012 11:52:56 AM

Uther39 said:
Oh and you would be better served with this mobo.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z68a-gd55-(b3)-2-x-pci-e-x16-sli-and-crossfire-x-ready-4xddr3-up-to-32gb

Also what PSU are you going to be using?


i am getting ocz 650 watt bronze psu
i play at 1080x1920
do you think i would be better buying a good gtx560ti or cheapest gtx 570 i can find, i no the good makes though, so cheapest good make if can find
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January 6, 2012 1:37:16 PM

FSX-JACK said:
i am getting ocz 650 watt bronze psu
i play at 1080x1920
do you think i would be better buying a good gtx560ti or cheapest gtx 570 i can find, i no the good makes though, so cheapest good make if can find




I don't know the price difference where you are, but you should see if it is worth it, of course 570 is better, but here in brazil the price is a little more than U$100 so for the relative performance i went with one 560ti.

by the way 560 ti looks 448 great.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-msi-gtx560ti-twin...

I would go for it
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January 6, 2012 8:42:38 PM

you can get a 570 for similar money than a 560ti if you shop around. especialy right now while the sales are on... so get hunting.
i did find a 560ti for £160 and the cheapest i could find a 570 for was £180 i dont think thats more than a 16% price difference.
and because the 560ti is a popular card it is selling at a slight premium compared to the 570... so again i say get hunting.




January 6, 2012 9:00:37 PM

If you're going to spend up to $350.00 USD, there is no reason not to get a GTX 570 or an ATI 6970. Both cards are popular, well-received, well-reviewed, great performance for the money, and both have plenty of owners who will stand behind the product as having been a good investment.
January 6, 2012 9:44:15 PM

I've had a gtx 570 for a couple of months now, handles skyrim (with a plethora of hd texture mods) like a champ @ 1920x1080.

Def going to be adding another one for SLI this year.

Doesn't OC the best though, google, have you killed a 570.



[edit]: The new nvidia cards should be out sometime this year too though

http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-kepler-roadmap-leake...

So it comes down to how long you want the setup to last before you upgrade, you could just get the 560 or even something cheaper and just save up until comparisons can be made with amd's 7000 series, then buy what's right for you.
January 7, 2012 2:47:28 PM

Axleb said:
I've had a gtx 570 for a couple of months now, handles skyrim (with a plethora of hd texture mods) like a champ @ 1920x1080.

Def going to be adding another one for SLI this year.

Doesn't OC the best though, google, have you killed a 570.



[edit]: The new nvidia cards should be out sometime this year too though

http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-kepler-roadmap-leake...

So it comes down to how long you want the setup to last before you upgrade, you could just get the 560 or even something cheaper and just save up until comparisons can be made with amd's 7000 series, then buy what's right for you.

what about SLI 560Ti?
January 7, 2012 4:39:06 PM

so basically its a catechism of nvidia of ati, or is it account it to get a gtx 570. but i would rather no absorb the money, unless are they absolutely that good, will i account from it over a acceptable gtx 560ti. p.s, i would adopt nvidia, but what do you anticipate .
January 7, 2012 4:46:14 PM

shmartinn said:
so basically its a catechism of nvidia of ati, or is it account it to get a gtx 570. but i would rather no absorb the money, unless are they absolutely that good, will i account from it over a acceptable gtx 560ti. p.s, i would adopt nvidia, but what do you anticipate .

didn't i say that already, why copy.... OK can someone just give me a closing answer, please?


GTX 560Ti (one for now, SLi future)???
GTX 570 (one for now, SLi, in later future)???


or is there any other suggestions, for instance ATI????
January 7, 2012 5:01:33 PM

GTX 570
January 7, 2012 5:06:58 PM

Uther39 said:
GTX 570

Thank you! now thats question answered, on more, will I benefit greatly. (ps im not uneducated about computers, I have built one before and am up to date about new technology/hardware, but the question was all down to how good they were, not that i dont know about them. my last build had a ATI 6950 2gb, It was a good gfx card, but I wanted some other peoples opinions)
January 7, 2012 5:49:42 PM

if you have a 6950 why not stay with it until the next gen releases?
January 7, 2012 6:14:15 PM

casualcolors said:
if you have a 6950 why not stay with it until the next gen releases?

i dont like the fps i get in Flight Simulator X, don't you think FSX will benefit from getting a GTX 570 or GTX 560Ti, I know the that the 6950 is dearer and probably better than the 560Ti but some people have said that it works better in fsx, but then if i get a 570! won't it work even more 'better'. I haven't actually started gaming that much on my pc, i only play alot of fsx and the ocasional Civilization v. I am buying Battlefield 3, possibly GTA IV, and possibly crysis 2. My fps is very playable in FSX but also lower than i intended. Should I go Crossfire, buy gtx 570, or gtx 560ti, bearing in mind i will be playing the above games aswell as fsx. My only other thought is to buy FLight simulator 2004 otherwise known as FS9 or FS2004 as it is less PC hungry, but sacrifices some graphics, not much.... PLEASE HELP!!!!
January 7, 2012 6:15:50 PM

560ti=6950 more or less, and neither are horribly far behind a gtx 570. It might be true that nvidia cards are better in fsx (as they are in bfbc2 for instance) but this hardly seems like a wise investment. The next REAL step up from a 6950 is a gtx 580 at 500 dollars, or waiting until the next wave of cards come out.

Can also try bios unlocking your 6950 into a 6970.
January 7, 2012 6:25:20 PM

casualcolors said:
560ti=6950 more or less, and neither are horribly far behind a gtx 570. It might be true that nvidia cards are better in fsx (as they are in bfbc2 for instance) but this hardly seems like a wise investment. The next REAL step up from a 6950 is a gtx 580 at 500 dollars, or waiting until the next wave of cards come out.

Can also try bios unlocking your 6950 into a 6970.

I have tried but my card turned out to be unlockable. what about my card in BF3.

(My clock is 840MHz, OC'd with Catalyst Control Centre)
January 7, 2012 6:33:03 PM

Do you have a 2gb VRAM 6950?

I mean, your card is the entry point for mostly high-ultra settings in BF3 and it's one of the most popular gpu's used in BF3. Really I think you will be underwhelmed with what you get for 350 dollars in a gtx 570 vs. your own card. The upgrade won't be night and day. If you get a chance to sell your 6950 for a good amount to offset the cost, you could try it. Even then I think you would more or less be flushing your money with new tech right around the corner, though.
January 7, 2012 7:21:48 PM

casualcolors said:
Do you have a 2gb VRAM 6950?

I mean, your card is the entry point for mostly high-ultra settings in BF3 and it's one of the most popular gpu's used in BF3. Really I think you will be underwhelmed with what you get for 350 dollars in a gtx 570 vs. your own card. The upgrade won't be night and day. If you get a chance to sell your 6950 for a good amount to offset the cost, you could try it. Even then I think you would more or less be flushing your money with new tech right around the corner, though.

It's FSX i'm really worried about. I like high settings and high fps, as does every modern gamer, but the 6950 and yes it's the two 2gb version, doesn't seem to be cutting it. I just OC'd my cpu 30mins ago to 4.5 and Voltage to 1.39 (stable? on h70 water cooler), but it didn't REALLY make a difference. To be honest I will probably buy the previous version, FS9, it sacrifices some graphics, but is much easier to run so i've heard, and with some addons, I can make it look better than FSX. I have the i5 2500k btw.

and here's my GPU:
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...
January 7, 2012 7:30:28 PM

Hi, i'm wondering which will show greater performance in FSX. ATI or Nvidia.

I will be spending about £200, roughly $300



January 7, 2012 7:36:48 PM

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Hi, i'm wondering which will show greater performance in FSX. ATI or Nvidia.

I will be spending about £200, roughly $300

actually I will spend anything from £200 to about £300 (£300 roughly $460).
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