I want to be able to play games like SC2, Civ V, and America's army, as well as other games I will buy in the future. I will also be getting a 1080p monitor soon. Do you guys think this graphics card is fine, or should I get something else?
definitely get that card right there ^
the msi twin frozer's are amazing at keeping your card cool and are extremely quiet, their one of the best coolers out there for overclocking too and can withstand voltages that other cards would get extremely hot at thanks to its cooling, also its the same price as the one you listed
Laser-cutting is BAD (for us). For some reason, AMD decided to take a bunch of 6970s, load the firmware for the 6950 onto them, and market them as 2GB 6950s. The majority of people that I have heard of have been able to flash the card and turn it into a 6970. But if AMD is laser-cutting, they are actually cutting those extra cores off instead of just not using them, so they are totally inaccessible, no matter what. They want people to buy the 6970 instead of flashing the 6950. But I don't know if they really are, I just heard that.
that one is pretty good too however i dont know how well it performs compared to the twin frozr but ive heard pretty good reviews about the directCU II by asus also about overclocking and cooling plus its $10 cheaper than the twin frozr if u still want good cooling for slightly less however i would get the twin frozr
I don't know about measuring the dist, but about the other stuff:
PCIe 2.1 is compatible with a 2.0 mobo. No problems.
The reason it could heat up other components is that the stock fan pushes all of the air out of the case (at the cost of pushing a lot of air; the card runs hotter). Most custom fans spread most of the air around the case. Shouldn't be a problem, but might cause a few degrees increase in other components if your case cooling isn't adequate. I wouldn't worry, though, only one care in a case like that should be fine =D.
As to the fan, is that the stock fan they are talking about? You should look up whatever cooler is on the card you want to buy.
The 6950 is a pretty good card and should allow you to play most games at 1080p on high without issue. Only the few and far between more demanding games like Metro may leave you wanting a second card to run in crossfire.