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I am building a i5-2500k build on a

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

I was thinking about getting a ATI/AMD 6950 2gb, but I am not sure about it. First is there any more unlock able versions still for sale and is it the best choice in that price range for my motherboard and cpu. I do not play a lot of first person shooters but I play the total war series and a lot of space games like X3-Terran Conflict, although sometimes I feel the urge to kill monsters with AK-47's like in metro 2033. I will be gaming at 1900x1200. I also want something that would be good for 2 monitors. I plan on only using 1 monitor after my build but in a year or two I might want another monitor. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

P.S. I am not really into benchmarks, I am more into real-world performance. If I can go cheaper under the $300 range and still get to run my games in the highest settings I am ok, but I want something that will be future proof.
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    coryjm said:
    I am building a i5-2500k build on a

    ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

    I was thinking about getting a ATI/AMD 6950 2gb, but I am not sure about it. First is there any more unlock able versions still for sale and is it the best choice in that price range for my motherboard and cpu. I do not play a lot of first person shooters but I play the total war series and a lot of space games like X3-Terran Conflict, although sometimes I feel the urge to kill monsters with AK-47's like in metro 2033. I will be gaming at 1900x1200. I also want something that would be good for 2 monitors. I plan on only using 1 monitor after my build but in a year or two I might want another monitor. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

    P.S. I am not really into benchmarks, I am more into real-world performance. If I can go cheaper under the $300 range and still get to run my games in the highest settings I am ok, but I want something that will be future proof.


    As to the 6950's unlocking, yes you can still find ones that unlock, just read-up on it in the forums; http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=335318 - http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=146951 and ask some questions.
    Also read some reviews about the 6950 in those forums, great card - I have two ASUS DCII 2GB but I don't have them in xfire yet, I need a bigger case - there huge!!
    Haven't tried to unlock (no balls, will wait & an see). Have OCed and they run as good as the 6970's, paired they should scale-up well.
  3. Thanks for the response. I still want to know if the 6950 is the best choice for my motherboard and CPU at or around the $260-300 dollar mark.
  4. In my opinion, yes!
  5. I went ahead and bought a MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16.

    I just bought it yesterday and it seems that I am lucky I bought it when I did because it looks like they are not going to sell them any more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

    It looks like it has a bios switch on it so if it does I will be happy. Although I am a litted worried about buying something from MSI because I have never bought anything from the in the past.
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  7. coryjm said:
    I went ahead and bought a MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16.

    I just bought it yesterday and it seems that I am lucky I bought it when I did because it looks like they are not going to sell them any more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

    It looks like it has a bios switch on it so if it does I will be happy. Although I am a litted worried about buying something from MSI because I have never bought anything from the in the past.


    I have 2 5670s from MSI they worked good in crossfire and never had problems with ether.
    Good luck with that 6950!
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