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Best graphic card for my PC ?

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a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2011 12:19:34 PM

Hello!

My pc is now old about 3 years and I was thinking, it's time to upgrade it.

Spec:
LC Power 550W Black Edition
Gigabyte EP45-DS4 motherboard
Intel Core 2 duo E8500 Wolfdale (overclocked to 4.01GHz)
DDR2 Corsair XMS2 4GB(running at 830MHz)
ATI Saphirre Radeon 4850 512MB

For now, i intend to buy only a new graphic card and other things 1-2 years later. So my question is, what graphic card to buy ? I have checked many benchmarks and came to conclusion to take the Radeon 6950 and unlock it to 6970 OR to take Nvidia GTX 470 and OC it(almost like a GTX 570) ? What do you think ? Oh and will I need a new PSU or is it fine the way it is ?

P.S. My monitor supports max 1280x1024 res but I have also a lcd tv with 1920x1080(full hd). I'm playing games at my monitor and just sometimes on my tv so there is no need that it is good at high resolutions.

Thanks!

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 12:36:16 PM

Anyone ? D':
a c 144 U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 12:48:37 PM

don't bump your post if you don't want your thread to be locked by mod. if i'm not mistaken only reference 6950 can be unlock to 6970. for the nvidia card it is better to get GTX570. just go for GTX470 if you can get it significantly cheaper than GTX570
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2011 9:08:57 PM

And how do you recognize if it is a reference card ? Do you just look if it has the AMD logo by the part of the card that plugs into the motherboard ? Which card should I take now ? 6950, gtx470 or even a gtx 560ti ? I'm confused :??:  I can get the 470 for the same price as a 6950...

Is the 6950 really the best choice ?

Are those reference cards? :

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/7712

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/6482

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/7706

Thanks! :) 

July 22, 2011 9:59:15 PM

By reference I think he means the clock rates have not been altered from factory rates...check amd website for factory clock rates
a c 144 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 2:14:27 AM

Quote:
And how do you recognize if it is a reference card ? Do you just look if it has the AMD logo by the part of the card that plugs into the motherboard ? Which card should I take now ? 6950, gtx470 or even a gtx 560ti ? I'm confused :??:  I can get the 470 for the same price as a 6950...

Is the 6950 really the best choice ?

Are those reference cards? :

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/7712

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/6482

http://www.sestavi.si/index.php/item/display/7706

Thanks! :) 


those 3 are reference based on reference model from AMD. it's cooler and PCB are all based on AMD design. the vendor just slap their own sticker on those cards. if you see 6950 with different cooler type then it is not reference model. some manufacturer did release overclock version of the card based on the reference design but often the overclock is very small like the one from ASUS (10-15mhz overclock from original clock recommended by AMD)

as for the 3 card that you list it should be like this: GTX470>GTX560 Ti>HD6950

here you can look review based on HD6950 (1GB) vsGTX560 Ti. they also include GTX470 in the test:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-gef...

overall HD6950 often faster than GTX560 Ti but normally the frame rates difference are very close to each other.
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