i am looking for advice on a gpu that fits my system
amd phenom 555
asus m4a88td-v evo/usb3
corsair vengeance 1600 cas 9 1.5v 4gigs will upgrade to 8 gigs
antec 300 lots of fans
zalman 9500 led
640gb sata 3 western digital
4 ghz with 3 cores stable maxing 45c on prime95 and more software i found passmark ect ect...
and want a 6000 series card but want a single card no crossfire system can support up to a 6970 but will i need all that for just 1080p gaming of should i go with a 6870 don't wanna bottleneck ether got that problem with igp 4250 lol
and this is my first build so really would like some help k thanks any advice will be appreciated
yea but my card length limit is 11 inches and that card is 11 inches give or take a little i don't want to have to cut some of my harddrive bay out and such i wos thanking of getting a vapor-x 6870 and upping to 1 ghz its the right size and i don't want to mess with unlocking cards to many bad story's forums and such but will that be enough for 1080p gaming for the next 5 or so years then go to 720p or something
Unlocking the HD6950 is actually quite safe and very easy to do. Check out the success rates and the process in the article I linked. The card has a back up BIOS you can always revert to if necessary. The reference model(like the card I linked) is 10.6 inches long and will fit your case. Here is a pic of an HD6970 which is (very) slightly longer in an Antec 300;
i see cool didn't even think of looking for a pic i am gonna ether get a 6970 or 6870 but whats your advice on cooling should i get one with a better cooler or buy reference model with blower and get aftermarket cooler
My favorite card at this point is the factory OC'd GTX 560 Ti ($215). But my thinking is based upon SLI performance in which it does a bit better than the 6970's in CF. If ya going to be using a single card and are sure you will never add a 2nd, then the 6970 ($335) would be faster. You can flash a 6950 to a 6970, well most of them, but I have been told that will generally void ya warranty.
The factory OC'd 560 Ti's perform very close to the 570's. Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game) for the various options (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below