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Will this 6950 work with my gaming PC build?

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April 19, 2011 8:59:55 PM

Hello, I plan to make a mid range 1680x1050 gaming PC and thought I was settled with the XFX 6850 BE. I think I will spend more on a GPU & the 6950 2GB XFX caught my eye!

SPECS:
CASE: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU(the 6950 im proposing to use): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... (with a 2nd matching R4 Blademaster fan, in push/pull config)
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

FRONT & TOP CASE FAN(front pushing air into case and top pulling out): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
SIDE(blowing air into case & across video card!): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Back(pulling air out of case): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
CPU HEATSINK FANS(PUSH/PULL CONFIG): 2x http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

OS: WIN7 x64

All Help is greatly appreciated!

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April 19, 2011 9:39:41 PM

At 1680x1050 I doubt you would see much of a performance boost by spending extra for the 2GB 6950. It would be worthwhile getting the 6950 if you plan on doing a multiple monitor setup, or upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, particularly if you go for 2560x1600 resolution. You also did not specify your Power Supply, so we don't know if your proposed system has enough power for the card. Besides these points the card should work well with your system provided the PSU is strong enough.
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April 19, 2011 9:59:38 PM

Supernova1138 said:
At 1680x1050 I doubt you would see much of a performance boost by spending extra for the 2GB 6950. It would be worthwhile getting the 6950 if you plan on doing a multiple monitor setup, or upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, particularly if you go for 2560x1600 resolution. You also did not specify your Power Supply, so we don't know if your proposed system has enough power for the card. Besides these points the card should work well with your system provided the PSU is strong enough.

What about 1080p resolution? I want a resolution i can play all games at!

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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April 19, 2011 10:15:30 PM

PSU looks fine, at 1080p even the 6850 can handle most current games at maximum settings, Crysis and Metro 2033 excluded. I have the slightly more powerful 6870 and it handles just about anything I throw at it quite well at 1080p, only Crysis and Metro 2033 cause it to struggle. The 2GB 6950 is probably overkill for 1080p, but if you can get a good deal on it, or you are looking for a bit of futureproofing, go for it. Also if the 6950 is the reference design you can flash the 2GB 6950 into the 6970, though that would probably be pointless unless you are gaming at 2560x1600 or using multiple 1080p monitors.
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April 19, 2011 10:16:00 PM

Yes by all means get he 6950.It's almost double the performance of the 6850.And no matter what resoultion your at you will see a huge improvment.
That PSU is plenty.You can crossfire a 6950 with it.

What games are you playing?
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April 19, 2011 10:53:00 PM

purple stank said:
Yes by all means get he 6950.It's almost double the performance of the 6850.And no matter what resoultion your at you will see a huge improvment.
That PSU is plenty.You can crossfire a 6950 with it.

What games are you playing?

I currently play COD but i plan to buy things like BF, Crysis 2 & things of that nature, what resolution do you recommend?
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April 19, 2011 11:04:19 PM

wheelzz said:
I currently play COD but i plan to buy things like BF, Crysis 2 & things of that nature, what resolution do you recommend?

Well if you get the 6950 i recccomend you crank all the settings up to 11!!!! lol I do reccomend the MSI Twin Frozer it OC's like a beast and is cool and quiet. But if your budget does not allow for that a referance version is still great.
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April 19, 2011 11:09:40 PM

Definitely go with 6950 if you can afford, you can unlock that to 6970 if you want which means 10% more power, and very reasonable price.... =)
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April 19, 2011 11:18:53 PM

cburke82 said:
Well if you get the 6950 i recccomend you crank all the settings up to 11!!!! lol I do reccomend the MSI Twin Frozer it OC's like a beast and is cool and quiet. But if your budget does not allow for that a referance version is still great.

11? i was asking screen resolution to use!
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April 19, 2011 11:27:34 PM

Screen resoultion really depends on the user but personally I like lower resoultions than 1080p because i'm picky about my frames,I always like to have 60+.You should be able to max out all those games with a 6950.
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April 19, 2011 11:35:06 PM

purple stank said:
Screen resoultion really depends on the user but personally I like lower resoultions than 1080p because i'm picky about my frames,I always like to have 60+.You should be able to max out all those games with a 6950.

what resolution do you recommend?
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April 19, 2011 11:50:54 PM

wheelzz said:
11? i was asking screen resolution to use!

I know that was my way of saying if you get the 6950 turn all the settig all the way up lol. Its from a movie called Spinal Tap lol TURN IT TO 11 :o 
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April 20, 2011 12:42:43 AM

What do you mean reccomend?It matters on the user.Some people like 1080p for the graphics some people like 720p for the fps.I guess I would use a 1080p display if I had the GPU power to back it up,thats why i'm waiting to get a new monitor until I can crossfire.
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April 20, 2011 1:07:30 AM

as of now Im using HD6950 2gb with following specs...

E8400 Core2Duo
4x1GB DDR2800
ASUS P5Q
STF50 500watts

and it works really good... but i intend to upgrade to a higher CPU and PSU to eliminate bottlenecks on some games...

Games ive tried on HIGH settings at 1920x1080 resolution...

- NFS Shift2
- Crysis 2
- Battlefield 2 BC
- COD Blackops

well based on my RIG yours will surely run smoothly... :) 

Happy Gaming... :) 
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April 20, 2011 1:18:25 AM

purple stank said:
What do you mean reccomend?It matters on the user.Some people like 1080p for the graphics some people like 720p for the fps.I guess I would use a 1080p display if I had the GPU power to back it up,thats why i'm waiting to get a new monitor until I can crossfire.

Do you run a 6950, & what resolution do you use? I want a good quality resolution but still good FPS so is 1680x1050 a good choice?
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April 20, 2011 1:57:42 AM

xoier said:
as of now Im using HD6950 2gb with following specs...

E8400 Core2Duo
4x1GB DDR2800
ASUS P5Q
STF50 500watts

and it works really good... but i intend to upgrade to a higher CPU and PSU to eliminate bottlenecks on some games...

Games ive tried on HIGH settings at 1920x1080 resolution...

- NFS Shift2
- Crysis 2
- Battlefield 2 BC
- COD Blackops

well based on my RIG yours will surely run smoothly... :) 

Happy Gaming... :) 

Which 6950 do you use & what resolution do you run?
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April 20, 2011 2:04:12 AM

I have a 6870 and it does well but at games like BFBC2 i can't completly max out a/a and af.I play at 1600x900.
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April 20, 2011 2:07:54 AM

wheelzz said:
Which 6950 do you use & what resolution do you run?


Im using the non referenced Sapphire HD6950 2GB at resolutions of 1920x1080.

I have some bottlenecks with my current processor but ill be getting a new PSU of 650 or 750 watts for me to

be able to OC my CPU i hope ill be getting addtional FPS from OC.

With your desired resolution of 1680x1050 hd6950 together with your specs will definitely handle such resolution and even 1920x1080.
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April 20, 2011 12:32:55 PM

xoier said:
Im using the non referenced Sapphire HD6950 2GB at resolutions of 1920x1080.

I have some bottlenecks with my current processor but ill be getting a new PSU of 650 or 750 watts for me to

be able to OC my CPU i hope ill be getting addtional FPS from OC.

With your desired resolution of 1680x1050 hd6950 together with your specs will definitely handle such resolution and even 1920x1080.

What kind of FPS you think i could get on near max on 1680x1050 & then 1920x1080

Also, what cpu do you run?
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April 23, 2011 5:38:58 AM

wheelzz said:
What kind of FPS you think i could get on near max on 1680x1050 & then 1920x1080

Also, what cpu do you run?



Im running on Intel E8400 at stock clock for now... by the time i get my new PSU im gonna OC to 4GHz for much better performance... i have not tested the FPS thing yet but it's pretty good and im at resolutions of 1920x1080 and im sure your gonna get much better FPS than what i have with your current specs... i only got 2 cores and you have 4...
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April 23, 2011 10:53:36 AM

@wheelzz

I have benchmarked my current setup with Just cause2 and everything was at High Settings with resolution of 1920x1080. I was having average FPS of 57. I guess that's pretty good right... imagine with just 2 cores and no OC. I'll be posting other benchmark if i have another.
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April 23, 2011 6:39:35 PM

xoier said:
@wheelzz

I have benchmarked my current setup with Just cause2 and everything was at High Settings with resolution of 1920x1080. I was having average FPS of 57. I guess that's pretty good right... imagine with just 2 cores and no OC. I'll be posting other benchmark if i have another.

which 6950 2gb do you own?
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