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January 10, 2010 5:16:55 PM

Hi all, I'm new here and the info that is on here is amazing :o  Great site. My question is this, I'm going to get me a new system, and I can't decide on the video card. My specs are:

INTEL, Core™ i7-960 Quad-Core, 3.2GHz
EVGA, X58 SLI, LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-1600 24GB
CORSAIR, 6GB (3 x 2GB) Dominator XMP PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz
CORSAIR, 128GB P128 SSD
COOLER MASTER, Cosmos S
THERMALTAKE, Toughpower™ 1200W Power Supply

I was going to get (2) of BFG 295 GTX cards, but after reading all the info on here my head is spinning :pt1cable:  . I'm now leaning toward the 5970 or 5870. I'm wanting to do this the right way, but I also want to get the best value for my dollar. Any insight would be very much appreciated in helping me figure this out.

Thanks for your time,

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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 6:06:09 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
HD 5870/5970 both are wise choices than GTX 295 because of having a better price/performance ratio.
What resolution are you going to play at ?
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January 10, 2010 6:48:01 PM

1920 x 1200
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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 7:02:34 PM

A single HD 5870 would be fine for that resolution
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January 10, 2010 7:35:43 PM

I've been reading some and I actually am now going to go with the (1) 5870 or the 5970 vs. (2) of the 295gtx. Then when the price drops throw another card in. The more read maybe the 5970 might be the choice. Thanks for the response.
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a c 225 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 7:46:52 PM

Plug your budget into here and then read the article to see if it does what ya wanna do:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9800 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

If you wanna play Batman or other PhysX titles and enjoy , might look at getting a 220 as an add on to whatever. To decide, go here:

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...

To see how (w/ATI as primary card), go here

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ATI-physx-patch...
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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 6:18:41 AM

jyjjy said:
Skip the HD5970 and grab two of these for much less and similar performance;

Well,2 HD 5850's are good and perform like a HD 5970,but a single HD 5970 requires less power and requires 1 slot,however i think for 1920x1080 resolution a single HD 5870 suffices
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 7:43:47 AM

You forgot "and costs $150-200 more"
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 9:15:40 AM

Well yeah, my recommendation was specifically in the context of that deal.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 9:55:24 AM

^^^
I would Agree with 'jyjjy'
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