What gpu should i get

i am looking for advice on a gpu that fits my system

specs
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
corsair 650tx

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
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  1. Go with an HD6950. It can be easily unlocked into an HD6970 but costs $100 less.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355
    http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159
    Definitely the best deal around at the moment IMO.
  2. 6950 is good for 1080p and as above can be unlocked to 6970 with bios flash if you feel you need more power.
  3. 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
  4. newegg mite of just made a mistake and posted this to early its gone now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131397
  5. 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;
  6. 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
  7. i am hitting the hay for tonight leave all your answers here will get back tomorrow at 12 or so
  8. 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

    6850 (371/634)
    6950 (479/751)
    560 Ti (455/792)
    6970 (526/825)
    560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862)
    570 (524/873)
    580 (616/953)
    6990 (762/903)
    590 (881/982)
  9. i am gonna build a nvidia intel machine later this one is gonna be amd ati or it wos bye bye ati lol


    i wos looking at the cards here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161356

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121430

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102918

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

    i like sapphire i have used them before on my old dells Athlon 64 a while back and had no trouble but looking at that asus wondering will that sucker overclock 1ghz
  10. i wos just looking and i don't think my power supply will run a 6970

    its a corsair 650tx
  11. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102925

    should do 1 ghz and its got real good cooling
  12. what about aftermarket gpu cooling
  13. Best answer selected by super noob.
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