Planning to upgrade my Graphics Card, $300 budget

As the title states, I plan to upgrade my Graphics Card with around a $250 - $300 budget.

My current computer:
CPU: Q9650 3.0 Ghz quad
Mobo: Asus Maximus x38 Chipset
Ram: 4 GB Crucial Balistix
PSU: Corsair 520 HX (520w 80+)
HD: 300 GB main with 1.4 TB raid for data
Case: antec P180
Graphics: 8800 GTS 512MB Refresh

I have been looking at the Geforce 560 GTX Ti or the Radeon 6950 2GB (to unlock to 6970)

But I am undesided with what brand I want (or if there is a better card for my computer).

I am willing to pay a litlte extra for a brand that runs cooler than the others.

What are your thoughts? Do you know of a good site that compares the different brands of cards with respect to temperatures during max loads?

Thank you,
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  1. Sorry, I will be playing WoW, SC2, Crysis, D3 (when it comes out), and the new elder scrolls when it comes out.

    I have one Monitor at 1920x1200, and a second screen at 1280x1024.
  2. Get a 6950, game, be happy. Since you have an X38 chipset you may also want to consider getting two 6850s :o
  3. For the GTX 560 Ti, I'd go with either of these two:
    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 (900MHz core, 4200MHz memory)
    Gigabyte Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 (950MHz core, 4580MHz memory) I'd recommend the original 1000MHz Super Overclock version, but apparently Gigabyte can't get them all reliably to that speed. You may still be able to overclock it to that speed, but it's not guaranteed.

    They both use non-reference designs with better power systems so they can be overclocked and over-volted. Note that the cards themselves will run cooler because of superior fans, but they may heat up the case temp a bit. If you have good case airflow, this shouldn't be a problem.
  4. 6950 2GB
  5. for sc2 and wow def the gtx 570, I got mine for 304 AR, but if you cannot afford that then the gtx 560ti

    def do not get 2 6850s the avg fps will be high but minimums are crap, not a good idea and I'm speaking from personal experience with the 6870s in crossfire..

    overall I'd get a gtx 570 if you can find a good deal on one

    my second pick would be to get a 6950 but personally I'd rather pay the extra money to get a 6970 to ensure that level of performance not to mention that some flashed 6950s are having problems some time down the road so personally I'd rather just go straight to the 6970 if your going that route or you can gamble with the 6970, but generally blizzard games run better on Nvidia gpus
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