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?
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.
$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 ^_^