Help me pick a new GPU.

Hey all, I built a new computer about 5 months ago but used my old GTX 260 instead of buying a new GPU at the time. Now I would like to upgrade it but I have no idea what the good video cards are right now so I figured I'd ask the most helpful community out there.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sooner the better, would like to purchase one as soon as I know what to buy. Price range is anywhere from $150 to $300. I just want something that will last at least a year. I'd also prefer something that doesn't run extremely hot. I could be mistaken but the GTX 260 seems like it runs hot.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Play Starcraft 2, HoN, WoW, CoD: Black Ops, and plan on purchasing new games that come out of course. Might try Crysis 2 eventually.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA EVGA Geforce GTX 260. PSU: Antec Truepower new 650W (What it said on box).

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E LX. CPU: Intel i5-760 quad-core. 8GB RAM.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or just purchasing at a store like Best Buy. From Los Angeles.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference. Just want a good upgrade.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd prefer one that doesn't run too hot, and I guess not too loud.
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  1. GTX 560 and HD 6950 are exactly in that price range, there are a lot of plusses for both cards, here are most of the plusses for both:


    high quality VRAM
    more VRAM*2GB*
    can be flashed into 6970 *2GB* - VOIDS THE WARRANTY *NOT ALWAYS* AND IS NOT GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!!
    lower power consumption
    better on multiple monitors/ bigger screens
    higher 3DMark scores
    better with AA enabled
    gives you more performance

    ... 6950 is overall better and more future-proof, and it could also last longer than 560 *560 probably 2 years, 6950 - 3 years @ that res*

    Heat and noise aren't problems by both of the cards,

    .... newegg has a lot 6950s to offer, also the 1GB versions, which can be found for 220$ *2GB 230-240$*, while the only GTX 560 that are worth buying are 260+, best card for your budget would be GTX 560 SOC, it can be found for 260-270$ and is better than 6950, but less future-proof

    that's my opinion, and that would probably be best deal for you right now, but you can also look @ the 6870, they are for around 185$ on newegg after rebate and will also max out most of games @ that res for a year
  2. Thank you! Pretty sure I'll order the 6950 but there are so many different kinds on Newegg, is there any preference you have?
  3. Looking on newegg at the moment I would get this;
    The 2gb model is worth the extra $15. Here is a guide to turning it into an HD6970;
    It actually is a bit of overkill for your current resolution but it should last you a long while and serve you well if you upgrade your monitor or want to try eyefinity.
  4. personally Id grab a gtx 560ti, 6950 is also a good choice, really between the two you can't go wrong for a single gpu configuration
  5. Yeah, the GTX 560 Ti is a good choice as well. This is a good deal if you like mail in rebates;
    It can't unlock like the HD6950 but it does overclock very well which can give you a similar performance increase.
  6. lilbizlaykray said:
    Thank you! Pretty sure I'll order the 6950 but there are so many different kinds on Newegg, is there any preference you have?

    Well, you should plan more between the two cards / but personally I'd get the GTX560.

    here is a comparison between the two cards:
    AMD Radeon HD 6950 - 800MHz/5000MHz VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 822MHz/1644MHz/1002MHz

    Keep in mind that the comparison were done using the generic cards so pre-overclocked cards would do great, take a look at this:

    Also I would recommend the "Asus DirectCU II" or the "Gigabyte SOC" version.
    Asus DirectCU II : Review
    Asus DirectCU II : NewEgg

    GIGABYTE SOC : Review

    * Finally you could take a look at what others think (probably the same what you are asking for).
    Indecisive + over thinking = bad combo
    GTX 560 ti vs Radeon HD 6950 2GB vs GTX 480 1536MB
  7. if you could get a good deal on an aftermarket gtx 480 that would be a good choice as well, shoot I got my gtx 570 for 304AR which is really not too much more expensive then the 6950 and gtx 560ti there are really a lot of choices in that general pricerange, but in the end you should go with what card plays the games you like the best.
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