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Which GPU is better?? Radeon 5xxx or 6xxx

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January 28, 2011 3:43:31 AM

I am complete noobish to GPU.....so i need some help for my first build.....
I will generally play games. I'll go for 2560x1620 at highest settings for most games but wont spend for getting highest settings in demanding games like Crysis or Metro 2033. I'll not go for multi-display or crossfire but might overclock.
Which one will be better?
Radeon HD 5870 or 5970 or 6870 or 6950 or 6970.
In my country 5970 is relatively cheaper than other countries at BDT 29400 (USD 420) for some reason.
I heard 6950 can be unlocked to 6970. Does it get the same performance of 6970 or lower.
I'll buy the processor Phenom II x6 1090t. Not yet decided on the motherboard.
Edit: Not going for NVidia 4xx or 5xx. They dont sell in my country (except gtx460 whose opengl is crap, ill work on Maya or Blender in near future). One of my friends imported a gtx 580 and another a gtx 570. One got cooked in 5 days in a haf 922, the other stopped working permanently after a month in an antec 902........cant stand the summer heat.
and as for the processor, I heard the intel processors are locked. I will overclock my processor.

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January 28, 2011 4:00:49 AM

Since your a bit noobish ill help you out a bit.
- for starters, the phenom II x6 is not really what you want for gaming. Better off with a core i5 760 or whatever the new sandy bridge equivelant is. heres a comparison of the two, notice in the gaming benchmarks the i5 is way faster and its also cheaper > http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=191
- As for the video card, yes the 6950 can be unlocked to a 6970, but you risk damage to the card, particularly if you use a bios with high memory speeds as that can kill the cards too. Have you thought about a gtx570? at the high resolution you plan to play at, a gtx570, 580 or 6970 would be what you want. You may want to think about dual cards at that res also. the 5970 is a dual GPU card, but your better off with 2 6xxx series separate cards as they scale much better. Dual gtx460's or ati 6850/70's are a good combo and should give better value and performance.
- Power supply......if you are a noob to GPU's then you need to know that you should not buy cheap crap PSU's for high powered graphics cards. even if they claim to be 1000w they will unlikely produce that. Stick to brands like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, silverstone and you cant really go wrong.
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January 28, 2011 4:19:27 AM

^^ Agreed.
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January 28, 2011 4:42:19 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
Since your a bit noobish ill help you out a bit.
- for starters, the phenom II x6 is not really what you want for gaming. Better off with a core i5 760 or whatever the new sandy bridge equivelant is. heres a comparison of the two, notice in the gaming benchmarks the i5 is way faster and its also cheaper > http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=191
- As for the video card, yes the 6950 can be unlocked to a 6970, but you risk damage to the card, particularly if you use a bios with high memory speeds as that can kill the cards too. Have you thought about a gtx570? at the high resolution you plan to play at, a gtx570, 580 or 6970 would be what you want. You may want to think about dual cards at that res also. the 5970 is a dual GPU card, but your better off with 2 6xxx series separate cards as they scale much better. Dual gtx460's or ati 6850/70's are a good combo and should give better value and performance.
- Power supply......if you are a noob to GPU's then you need to know that you should not buy cheap crap PSU's for high powered graphics cards. even if they claim to be 1000w they will unlikely produce that. Stick to brands like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, silverstone and you cant really go wrong.

thnx.......I will overclock my processor, so i went with amd. NVidia is not really an option for me.
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January 28, 2011 4:42:21 AM

Get the 6970. You are going to need the 2gb ram for that res. Once you get the system up and running start saving right away too get another 6970 for X-fire if you are for sure getting a 30' monitor (2560x1600 res).

If this build is for gaming primarily and you are set on getting AMD I would get the 970 for a sure 3.5ghz over the 1090T 3.2ghz (with turbo core 3.6ghz) only if certain conditions are met.
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January 29, 2011 12:28:32 PM

i think i'll have to change everything i planned
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January 29, 2011 12:30:31 PM

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January 29, 2011 6:15:05 PM

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