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 $300. I just want something that will last at least a year. I'd also prefer something that doesn't run extremely hot. I could be mistaken but the GTX 260 seems like it runs hot.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Play Starcraft 2, HoN, WoW, CoD: Black Ops, and plan on purchasing new games that come out of course. Might try Crysis 2 eventually.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA EVGA Geforce GTX 260. PSU: Antec Truepower new 650W (What it said on box).
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E LX. CPU: Intel i5-760 quad-core. 8GB RAM.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or just purchasing at a store like Best Buy. From Los Angeles.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference. Just want a good upgrade.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd prefer one that doesn't run too hot, and I guess not too loud.
GTX 560 and HD 6950 are exactly in that price range, there are a lot of plusses for both cards, here are most of the plusses for both:
high quality VRAM
can be flashed into 6970 *2GB* - VOIDS THE WARRANTY *NOT ALWAYS* AND IS NOT GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!!
lower power consumption
better on multiple monitors/ bigger screens
higher 3DMark scores
better with AA enabled
gives you more performance
... 6950 is overall better and more future-proof, and it could also last longer than 560 *560 probably 2 years, 6950 - 3 years @ that res*
Heat and noise aren't problems by both of the cards,
.... newegg has a lot 6950s to offer, also the 1GB versions, which can be found for 220$ *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
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.