There is no real reason that your 6950 would be bottlenecked by your CPU for the majority of the time. It's really the monitor that is the part that most effects the GPU you'd want.
You should be aware, that the bios flash isn't 100% effective, and on some, it has caused them to fail. It has worked for me, however. There is also shader unlock script that is nearly impossible to cause problems, which makes it safer.
Let's just say I have a 6950 and I really do enjoy it. I play at 1920x1200 and can max out most games. Metro 2033 is about the only game I play that I cannot max out settings. I enjoy being able to use SSAA in Dragon Age Origins and MLAA when playing Gothic 4 and Risen (haven't played either a lot since getting the card).
If you aren't going to game much, and wished to conserve money, the gtx 460 1GB is a great card. It can still handled 1080p mostly at high settings, only a few games might require you to back off. It doesn't have MLAA or an official version of SSAA, but it does have physX if you have games that support GPU accelerated PhysX.
The 6870 is bit faster out of the box, but the 460 can overclock a lot easier and may end up close to the same performance if you do. Between the 6850 and 460, go with what you can get a better deal with, and lean towards the 460. The 460 seems to be a well liked card, so I don't think you can go wrong with it however.
Sweet. I haven't been doing as much research since just after the 68xx series came out and although I know that theres the 5xx series I also know; along with better performance they also have a higher price tag as is common of nVidia.
Ok well.... I'll have to have a little think. I really wanna get the best of the best 6950(bios flashed to 6970) but im trying to be impartial in my selection so I don't go overboard on costings.
Which is the best OEM 6950 at the moment; I'm edging towards (in order) ASUS, GIGABYTE, HIS, SAPPHIRE, XFX
if you could help out with the selection from the site above(playtech) I'd be greatly obliged.
Generally speaking, going with a non overclocked card is better, as it's easy to overclock to those settings on your own. Currently, with the 6900 cards, only the ASUS has tools to allow you to increase voltage if you are into that. Otherwise, all are reference cards and I'd go with what ever is cheaper.
Also, as a word of warning, there have been a few people who have flashed the 6950 bios to the 6970 bios that have damaged their cards. If you wish to be a bit more cautious, there is a script that will alter the 6950 bios to unlock the disabled shaders. This script is a lot safer than the bios flash. Once unlocked, the only difference between the 6950 and 70 is the clock speeds and voltage settings. You can then OC the GPU clock safer, with out the fear of frying your memory (the part that has failed for a few).
True; although my suppliers arent stupid it's usually quite easy to RMA faulty products to them that werent there fault lol (like lasttime i changed the voltage to 130v on a 230vac psu lol) --learnt what that did fast
Ok well if i get the 5950 I'll go for asus. It's still better than the 6870 I'd assume?!?!