I'm really trying to strive for the best "value" in all my parts for this build...wanting the best possible performance for the lowest possible price. I suspect the 560 Ti will perform better in WoW (for now) than a stock 6950, but the 6950 should be better in almost everything else...and also better in WoW if BIOS flashed into a 6970. So, what is the best value GPU in your opinions...GeForce 560 Ti or Radeon HD 6950 2 GB?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (within 1 year) BUDGET RANGE: (would like to catch one on sale for under $200 on like a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/X-mas special) After Rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (WoW on max (ultra?) settings...currently on a 22" monitor with plans in the next 2-3 years to upgrade to minimum 27" but hopefully 30", home theater/watching movies)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (current GPU=N/A, it will be for a new build (my old PC is using an HD 4770) and already bought a XFX 850W BE PSU for the new system)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (cpu: planning on i5-2500K, mobo: something with the P67 chipset, memory: 4 GB of some kind of SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), case: hoping for either Antec 300 Illusion or CM 690 II advanced)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg, amazon, others are fine too...these are just the ones I usually go to) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)
PARTS PREFERENCES: (none really although I suspect Nvidia might play nicer with WoW atm)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe a little, maybe not SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future if its good value...although I suspect by the time I would need to SLI or X-fire it might be better value to build an entire new system again
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (currently 1680x1050 on a 22" monitor, but hoping for whatever resolution would be max for a 27' at least and hopefully a 30" monitor in the next 2-3 years)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I'd like to leave the option open to SLI or X-fire in the future, if going with the HD 6950 2 GB I planned to try to BIOS flash it into a 6970)
When overclocked the 560 is better than the 6950 at stock. BUT the 6950 has the extra memory and plenty of headroom to overclock as well. Add in the fact that you can flash a 6950 to a 6970. If you are into overclocking or flashing your BIOS, I would have to say the 6950 is the best bang for the buck. If you are not into overclocking, the GTX 560 with a factory overclock is best, particularly if you go for something with a clock speed of at least 900 mhz. A factory overclocked 560 will be about the same performance as a 6970.
I agree with Matto. 560 is great stock and does OC well, but a 6950 can be flashed to a 6970, and overclocked, and it has more VRAM which is a big benefit if you're thinking about multi monitor set up. But if you might do 3D, go with Nvidia.