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July 16, 2011 9:21:32 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm building a new pc and i'm not sure which graphics card to choose from.
The rest of the components:

cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: Noctua NH-D14
mobo: msi P67A-GD55
memory: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 2x2GB (4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9
Hard Disk: 1 TB samsung spinpoint F3.
Case: Antec DF-85
PSU: Antec True Power 750W

I'm not from the USA so I will convert the prices to $ so you know which is better considering the price:

1. PNY GTX 570 - 407$
2. MSI R6950 Twinfrozr III PE/OC 2GB - 376$
3. HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB - 384$
4. Gainward GTX560Ti phantom 1024MB - 421$
5. GIGABYTE GTX560TOC 1024MB - 399$

What I'm thinking is that maybe it's better to get the MSI 6950 with much better cooling so I can overclock it better, then the PNY gtx 570 with the regular cooling. In any case I want the option to add a second card whenever the computer will be too weak.

Any ideas/ Sugesstions?

Thanks alot everyone!

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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2011 12:29:13 PM

USA? I would get the XFX HD 6950 (the dual fan version) for the lifetime warranty.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2011 1:25:16 PM

Looking at those prices, I too vote for the MSI 6950 2GB card. It is overall an excellent package and can practically handle every game available now (and to come) with very high detail levels. Also, it can be very nicely overclocked to attain higher fps numbers. Crossfiring is great too.
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July 17, 2011 7:27:32 AM

Thanks! That's very helpful.

Anyone else has any thoughts? Is the MSI 6950 with Twinfrzr III better then the PNY GTX 570?

What about the Gigabyte 560 ti with Windforce 2, that's also two fans, and in tom's charts the Nvidia 560 ti is a bit higher then the Radeon 6950?

Which is better, SLI or Crossfire? I saw that there is an issue with minimum fps with Crossfire, or is it an issue with both multi gpu solutions?

Thanks again.
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 9:20:06 AM

The HD 6950 2GB is IMO a better card currently when compared to the GTX 560 Ti. Surely some games favor one card or the other and there is where you will see major differences. Take civilization V for example. It heavily favors Nvidia cards for some reason. So if that is one game you play heavily then surely go for a Nvidia card. Else both are good.

Coming back to specific cards, both the 560 Ti and 6950 are very much overclockable. All you require is a good cooler aboard. The MSI Twin Frozr series are well established overclocking performers. And being the least prices from the lot, it easily gains the recommendation (once again).
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