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March 24, 2011 2:43:23 AM

so i recently build a new computer and the only thing in it i haven't upgraded yet was the graphic card cause i ran outta cash. but im getting i new one and i don't know all to much about which would be better then the other. im not looking to SLi cards im just gonna be using one card while im gaming, but i am going to overclock the card as much as it can go without getting buggy. i also have a 650W power supply so nothing to worry about there. I'd always try to play at my max resolution which is 1680x1050 I'd rather sacrifice Anti-Aliasing to max my resolution cause Anti-Aliasing i don't bother much about. i play high quality games like Mafia 2, Dead Rising 2, Crysis, Dead Space, Metro 2033, you know your general more new modern type games which are pretty demanding so i need to know which would be better for that reason. im spending up to a possible of $300/310 (before rebates). which would be the best suggested card i could get for up to that much?

Other Computer Specs:

PSU: 650W
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 B35 ~ 3.5GHz
RAM: 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (9-9-9-24)
HDD: 488GB FUJITSU MAXTOR STM3500630AS ATA Device (SATA)

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a c 412 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 3:07:18 AM

The best is either the HD 6950 1GB or GTX 560 1GB which are roughly $230 - $260 so they are well within your budget.

The next step up would be the HD 6970 2GB or the GTX 570 1.2GB which are roughly $340 - $360.

See following review for some benchmarks:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6950_P...


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a c 380 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 3:19:22 AM

At the price given, the 560 ti factory overclocked 900 MHz models are the easy choice at $260. The performance of these cards is just a frame or two behind the $350 570 and often beats the 6970. Can easily be OC'd to 1000 MHz.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...

At 2560 x 1600, I'd look harder at the ATI card but at your res of 1650 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200, the 560Ti OC models are hard to beat. In Metro, you'll do about 45 fps with the 900 Mhz card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 24, 2011 3:19:36 AM

6950 is the way to go for that rez/budget
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March 24, 2011 3:21:57 AM

ct1615 said:
GTX 460 is more then enough for that resolution. if you really want to spend your money check out the AMD 6870 or GTX560.


Why the 460?

560 seems like the best choice to me.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 3:45:21 AM

Radeon 6950 2GB because it unlocks to a 6970 2GB [performance wise] and AMD builds can Crossfire, but not SLI.

GTX 560 Ti OC'd if you feel obliged to buy NVidia for some reason.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
March 24, 2011 4:15:01 AM

$300 is a "Budget" gaming card? WTF? Anyway a 6870,5870, or overclocked GTX 460 1GB is good enough for 1680x1050. If you can afford a 560 or 6950 then you may as well go for it. In general either of those two would be overkill for your resolution (except in atypical cases like Metro), so it's up to you. I'm not one to talk since I have two 5870s, but I'm an overkill kinda guy ^_^
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March 24, 2011 1:26:30 PM

dalauder said:
Radeon 6950 2GB because it unlocks to a 6970 2GB [performance wise] and AMD builds can Crossfire, but not SLI.

GTX 560 Ti OC'd if you feel obliged to buy NVidia for some reason.


Good point!
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March 24, 2011 8:11:36 PM

get a Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP or Zotac GTX560 Ti OC or Gigabyte GTX560Ti SOC all very good cards and nearly a fast as a GTX 570 between 15-25% slower
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