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January 28, 2011 5:24:56 AM

Hello i have been killing myself looking an looking for the right card i play mostly Battlefield badcompany 2 an CSS an other shooters, I currently use a 4870x2 from saphire an it just a overheating lil POS ive had to rma it tiwce since ive had it an just now fed up i currently have around $225 an i Cant decide on a Model or make i made a bade choice with the saphire i guess they were known for overheating had no clue.

Pls help


ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920
G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel
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January 28, 2011 7:22:00 AM

I'd say 6870 Radeon, or a 560 GTX for $25 more. I've always had good luck with Sapphire myself
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January 28, 2011 7:27:30 AM

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 even tho i wanted to swear
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


These are the 4 i have narrowed it down to i know i swore off sapphire but ive read some good things about it... Someone help me decide lol i got it narrowed to these 4 cards and im sure im missing a better option at my price range.
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January 28, 2011 7:31:41 AM

id spend the $25 extra if the 560 is that much better long term got a Make of the 560 you recommend?
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January 28, 2011 7:33:08 AM

I'd recommend EVGA or ASUS, even PNY. I have a PNY 570 GTX myself and have had no probs with it for the last month
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January 28, 2011 7:35:58 AM

think the 2 460's will be the best bang for the buck? i see some 560's on newegg but no reviews...
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January 28, 2011 7:36:41 AM

i have the money right now lol just need to buy something im having BFBC2 withdraws...
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January 28, 2011 7:42:43 AM

What 560 card do you recommend ? an what 6950? would it do me any good to save for another month to get a 2gb card?
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 7:47:29 AM

2GB could be useful for your resolution in the future but not right now, I deffinitely wouldn't get a 768 card for your resolution.

Any of the GTX 560s are good, ASUS, EVGA, and MSI are my top 3 favorite Nvidia companies.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get that one, but its out of stock.

And for 6950 1GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However that is a little out of your budget.

If you want to spend;

~200, get a 6870
~240, get a GTX 470
~250, get a GTX 560
~260, get a 6950 1GB
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January 28, 2011 7:51:33 AM

the 560 u listed is in stock atleast the link says it is... so outta the ~ GTX 560
an 6950 1GB is it worth spending the extra 10$?
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January 28, 2011 7:52:48 AM

lol i could prolly spend 300$ if it would be benefical to me but would have to face my wife for going 75$ over budget :)  i got the money its just how to explain it to the wife.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 7:53:35 AM

Its all about prefernce between the two, the 6950 performs better in some titles, but the GTX 560 performs better in others.

To me, it all boils down to which company you prefer more in my opinion.

And wow, that was seriously out of stock 5 minutes ago, haha.

Is this worth ten dollars to you?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4137/amds-gtx-560-ti-coun...

Also keep in mind you are going very over budget here, haha.
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January 28, 2011 7:56:53 AM

Battlefield an about all the EA titles an call of dutys Everquest 2 is all that gets played i wanna drool when i play BFBC2 if i were to spend a lil more what 2gb card are there in the 290-310 range if any i can come up with some excuse on how it will make her farmville look better lol.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 8:45:36 AM

Sapphire isn't known for overheating, but x2 type cards are. Two heat producing GPUs sharing the same heatsink is just going to run hot. The hottest card I ever owned was an x1800XT, which I dusted out every 4 months or so to keep the heat down.

$225 won't get you the new 1GB 6950, so I'd look for a 6870, 6850, or 5850. I don't think the GTX560 is within reach, so perhaps an outgoing GTX470, or an OC'd GTX460.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 2:02:24 PM

I'd get a 570 or 580. You have the hardware to run it, the resolution to take use of the extra ram, and why buy something lesser. It would only dumb down your system.
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January 29, 2011 4:55:32 AM

Well i made the plunge an spent a lil over budget and got


SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102914

Should i bother trying to flash the bios to 6970 i see alot about people getting it to work and lil faliure..
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 29, 2011 5:51:22 AM

Meh. Its up to you and how much risk you can handle. I'd probably do it. If it doesn't work just flip the switch and go back to the stock 6950 bios.
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