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GTX 590 vs Dual Radeon 6950 vs Radeon 6990

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August 1, 2011 10:12:24 AM

Hey, I am new to building PC's and though I have done my research to a degree, I just wanted to get some expert opinions on it.

I am currently looking at running two HIS H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo Video Card - 2GB - in Crossfire
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

The HIS H699F4G4M Radeon HD 6990 4GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And finally the ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3 GB GDDR5
http://www.amazon.com/NVIDIA-GeForce-ENGTX590-3DIS-3GD5...

Now Some quick notes. I don't care if it is AMD or Nvidia, not a fanboy really, just want the best performance in game. I have heard however that the 6990 sounds like a jet when its fan kicks in during gaming which could be an annoyance. However I could most likely live with it if I have headphones on.

Just wanna say I am running a single monitor setup if that makes a difference. Money is also not a huge issue but obviously if it isn't a massive upgrade over the two 6950's I would rather save the money than spend it haha.

So what do you think will work for me best or is the best value in general. Having the ability to makes out AAA Titles is pretty big to me, I enjoy seeing a game as it was meant to be seen. Thanks again!
August 1, 2011 10:23:02 AM

use all the tech websites out there, try googling 6950 review techpowerup or something, but imo get 2x 1gb 6950, then upgrade again in 1-2 years, best value for money and performance
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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 12:20:24 PM

Honestly, I would just grab a single GTX 570 or an HD 6970. Either of them will be able to max out just about anything at 1 monitor resolutions (probably 1980x1020 i take it). If, after playing a few of your games, you are not satisfied with the performance, grab another one. If not then you can ride out this card for about a year and at that time grab another one that will be cheap at the time to dramatically inc your performance. Either way you will still be spending less money than a single HD 6990 or gtx590.
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August 1, 2011 2:20:34 PM

what games do you plan on playing and what resolution is your current monitor? seriously all those setups that you listed would be quite a large waste of money for your single monitor setup, its really not worth investing in such high-end cards, when the next generation cards come out blowing the previous generation away at a lower cost/less heat/less noise/ less space. it actually works out better to go for mid-range cards or mid-high end cards and upgrade every so often ($700 for a gtx590 now could also be 3 high end card upgrades).

also newer generation cards sport new features too eg how DirectX gets updated.
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August 1, 2011 2:29:58 PM

The resolution is important. I mean you could have a 1024 x 768 monitor :p , in which case even a 4850 would do

JK
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August 2, 2011 6:40:24 AM

I have a 1920 x 1080 Resolution right now on a Vizio HD tv. I play alot of FPS games. And I would like to try to max or atleast get really close to maxing specs on DX11 Crysis 2 if it is possible to do. If I don't have to spend 700 on a single card, and still do that, then I think it is worth it. Could use the extra money for a bigger SSD or something...
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August 2, 2011 6:59:16 AM

I know a lot of AMD cards are having problems with Crysis 2, (I had 2 HD 6950's and HD 6990 and both have problems with Crysis 2) but I assume it's eventually going to be fixed in a patch or with drivers.
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August 2, 2011 9:35:57 AM

on max settings at 1080p, a GTX 570 can get 50FPS+ on crysis 2:
http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/Guides/crysis-2-benchma...

i think for you a gtx570 would be the best option:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

although for that price you could also get 2x6850s which would be an even better option:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gtx570 vs 6850 CrossFire:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306?vs=302
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August 3, 2011 12:37:11 AM

Thank you! All of your information really helped me out. Just wanted to make sure I was getting the most bang for my buck so to speak. Saved me alot of money that I otherwise would have pretty much just thrown away. :D 
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August 3, 2011 12:38:11 AM

Best answer selected by W00kiebeaker.
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August 3, 2011 9:15:01 AM

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