[Buying GPU] Help Deciding

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next week. Not sure if I should wait for a good coupon deal on Newegg

BUDGET RANGE: $225-$300 before rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Avid gamer. I like to play everything out there. I am looking forward to playing battlefield 3 in all its glory

Nvidia GTX 260 with Corsair 850W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: HAF-922 Case, i5-2500K OCed to 4.5Ghz, Hyper 212 plus cooler, 8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM at 1600Mhz, Gigabyte Z68 UD5 Mobo

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: USA store. Site doesnt really matter as long as it has a good reputation. I usually use Newegg.

I've always been an Nvidia guy but I don't really care I just want the best bang for my buck. If it is ATI so be it.

OVERCLOCKING: Doubt it...maybe down the road. I will def do SLI/Xfire in a month or two.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was looking at the GTX 560TI and the Radeon 6950
(Not sure on 1GB or 2GB yet, if you guys think the 2GB is worth the extra cash money isn't really a problem for me right now.)
Good cooling would be a plus.
If it is the 6950 you recommend it should probably be a card that can be unlocked right?

All thoughts welcomed. Please help me make the best choice. If I didnt answer everything fully feel free to ask!
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  1. HD6950 2GB will give you the biggest performance.
  2. Especially if you are going to be getting a second card the HD6950 and its extra memory is a good idea. I wouldn't worry about unlocking the HD6950. I believe only the reference models can consistently do such. You would be better off getting a model with the best cooling and overclocking it up to HD6970 speeds(should be easy to do.) The MSI Twin Frozr or Asus DirectCU cards would be good choices.
  3. You can always crossfire 6850's, they are 144$ each after rebate on the egg.


    That's if for when you decide to upgrade you're going to get a whole new gpu and plan to stick with that until then...

    OR .. You can get a 69502gb and add another one later on for a huge performance boost... even a single 6950 would DESTROY most games on full settings! definatly get the 2gb 6950 over the Nvidia!
  4. Ok so one last question. It looks like the 6950 2Gb is the best option but which brand? Does it not really matter if it can be unlocked?

    Which card would you recommend?
  5. HIS , XFX , Sapphire, Powercolor, they are all good. Look at the reviews on Newegg for the ones with less DOA's to give you more comfort :) ^ the one Rolli59 is prescribing is the 6950 In crossfire setup I went with for my future build.
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