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Advice on video card for a new system

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 4, 2011 4:25:27 AM

Hello everyone I recently joined toms hardware and this is my first post. I am building a new system and I will list the specs one thing i cant decide is video card atm. I am keep looking at the reviews and reading forums but cant make up my mind My budget is around $270s which in the range of 560 ti or ati 6950 as far as i know. I wont be doing much OC maybe minor but nothing crazy silent card would be nice I do 3d designs for hobby (Using POSER PRO and 3d Max) website designs video editing and some animations and of course gaming too. I will be listing the parts I am using if you can give me your opinion about which video card i should be using that would be great and size of the card is kinda important too i guess my case is not that big.

Coolermaster HAF 912


Intel i7 2600k

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (8-8-8-24)

Power Supply:

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a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 4:33:08 AM

I dont know much about 3D work, but both the GTX 560Ti and the HD 6950 2GB are equally good at gaming.
However, you have a HAF 912 and the reference HD 6950s are pretty long cards, so I recommend this GTX 560Ti:
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June 4, 2011 4:43:41 AM

It's better if you buy AMD SAPPHIRE 6970 2GB if you are low on your budget.NVIDIA is a bit expensive.Don't worry it will fit in Coolermaster HAF 912,it's big enough
a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 4:43:55 AM

Besides the factory OC, there is not much difference. MSI's custom coolers are some of the best you'll find on any non-reference high end card.They're really quiet and keep the temperatures very cool.
a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2011 11:54:27 AM

Among those two, I'd go with the ASUS card.
June 4, 2011 3:54:30 PM

Thank you for all the replies, I bought Asus one from newegg and once it arrives I will be able to build my system.:) 

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June 4, 2011 3:55:36 PM

Best answer selected by mayhemxxxx.
June 4, 2011 3:55:41 PM

i would go for ASUS if u are planing to decide between ASUS and MSI but still i recomend AMD 6970 as it is much faster,cooler and uses vapour cooling system which maintains the temperature even in extreme conditions.