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a b B Homebuilt system
March 20, 2011 6:22:10 PM

Hey guys, I want to get an upgrade for Battlefield 3, and I was looking for roughly 250$...

Was thinking Radeon HD 6950 1 GB or is it worth spending 30 more for another gig of Vram?

My systems specs are

Core i7 930 (OC'ed to 4.2[I drop it to 3.8 in the summer... lol])
6 gigs of RAM
HD 5770 1gb X2
800 watt PSU
120 gig SSD

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 22, 2011 10:39:23 AM

Hello atotalnoob;

What resolution are you gaming on?
It seems like a single HD 6950 is too much like a side-ways upgrade. Your 2x CFX HD 5770s can't be too far behind (and might even be out in front) of a single HD 6950,
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 22, 2011 10:57:01 AM

If you're not gaming on multiple monitors, you won't need the additional VRAM.

Also, WR2 makes a good point about the performance. I wouldn't consider the 6950 much of an upgrade. You'll be getting comparable performance. Even a 6970 would only be a little better than that:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-6950-6970-review/2...

Now a GTX 580 could be something to consider.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 12:36:49 AM

I appreciate your responses, but looking at bf3 trailers let's substitue crysis 2 for bf3... I am gaming @ 1080p, and want 100% maxed out settings... In crysis 2 the 100% maxed out 5770 got an unacceptably low framerate... (16 was the minimum) for arguement sake let's say you somehow double your frame rate... (seeing as I have 2 5770's[yes I know I won't get 100% doubling]) you get like 32 fps, unacceptable by my standards! But the 6950 gets 2 fps more...
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 1:56:34 AM

Before you spend $250 use your CFX 5770 and do your own testing when the game comes out.
It's possible you'll get better results due to your OC'd CPU.

And you'll know better if you want to drop $250 for a half dozen extra FPS at the low end.
You should be able to judge then if the HD 6950 is the right choice of if you need to step up to something even more powerful.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:31:41 AM

Atotalnoob said:
I appreciate your responses, but looking at bf3 trailers let's substitue crysis 2 for bf3... I am gaming @ 1080p, and want 100% maxed out settings... In crysis 2 the 100% maxed out 5770 got an unacceptably low framerate... (16 was the minimum) for arguement sake let's say you somehow double your frame rate... (seeing as I have 2 5770's[yes I know I won't get 100% doubling]) you get like 32 fps, unacceptable by my standards! But the 6950 gets 2 fps more...

Two fps are not worth it. Now if your plan is to eventually get two 6950s by the time BF3 comes out, I'd say go for it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 6:40:07 PM

heh, it isn't actually 2 fps, more like a half dozen like WR2 said... cause I 100% doubled and crossfire gives..... 75%ish max.

anyway, thanks for the feedback, I think I am going to wait and see, like wr2 said... I got all excited cause my friend is planing to upgrade a bunch... lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 6:40:19 PM

Best answer selected by atotalnoob.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 6:40:54 PM

plus I bet there is going to be new GPUs coming out between now and BF3 release... and that HOPEFULLY means price drops...
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 6:49:13 PM

Maybe even a few more with some overclocking.
Had you thought about a HD 6950 2GB BIOS mod to a HD 6970?
THG system builder article described doing that just recently.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 7:50:29 PM

yeah, I saw that in the "best GPU of march" thingy they do... I will look into that... =p
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