BEST $350 graphics card

Importance:
1. Heavy gaming
2. Good graphics for movies.
3. Basic Graphics design

Date of purchase: From now till late January, 2012

Build
CPU- Intel i5 2500k.
Motherboard- ASRock Extreme4 z68 Gen3
RAM- G.Skill 8G DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5V.
Harddrive- 2TB Seagate 5900 64mb sata3.
CD/DVD ROM- Blue Ray.
Power Source- 500W antec.
Monitor- Samsung 27 inch LED.


Which graphics card should I buy? budget around $350
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582

    I know its over, but if you can bite the bullet, this is the absolute best for your money.

    If you arent going over a penny, then this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127604
  2. Sapphire toxic is the best 6950 and it cost $290 without rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951&Tpk=sapphire%20toxic
    You can get a low end GTX 570 which performs better than the 6950 overall for ~$320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
    Or you can get a 6970 which is better than the 570 in some spot but are even in others for ~$320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

    It really depend on what games you play though and if you are going to xfire or SLI
    If you going for BF3 single card, a GTX 570 should do you well.
  3. If it was me, I'd find a way to get an extra $50 to go with that $300. Then you could upgrade your power supply and get another 6950 for Crossfire. For the $350 you'd be spending, nothing on the market could compete with the performance of two 6950's
  4. $300 is a tough price point......the 6970's and 570's simply, to my mind just don;t do enough more than the 6950's / 560's to justify the price increase. Here the 560 actually sneaks out a narrow win over the 570 when both overclocked to the max.

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx560ti/4.htm
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_review/

    The factory overclocked models offer better coolers and oft can be found at same price as reference cards. It's a toss up w/ one 6950 Frozr ($260) or one 900 MHz 560 ($205) but in SL/ CF, the factory OC'd 560 Ti's are an easy choice ..... not to mention they easily go to 1000MHz.


    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
    $ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
  5. saphire 6950 toxic gets my vote.
  6. Quote:
    that or a MSI Twin Frozr III 6950

    or a discounted 6970 ;)


    The toxic has a secondary bios, the 2nd bios is already preprogramed with the 6970 Bios
    The don't promise it will work, but all reviews I've seen say it does.
  7. If you already own a 6950 it would be rather foolish to buy anything but a second one for Crossfire.
  8. Well people talk about SLI-ing 460s,560s and 560 Tis all the time which IIRC are 1 GB cards. Even the 570 is only 1280 GB.
  9. 1280MB

    Im really sorry op I did not see that you already had a 6950 1GB
    Why is it you want to Upgrade ? That does not work for you ?
  10. spentshells said:
    1280MB

    Im really sorry op I did not see that you already had a 6950 1GB
    Why is it you want to Upgrade ? That does not work for you ?


    Yeah sorry that was a brain fart.
  11. Quote:
    yea well for example

    playing BF3 Beta with my 6950's in 2-way crossfire, I was hitting 2.4gbs no problem lol. :/


    Fair enough, but as I said even a GTX 460 SLI setup shows notable gains despite only having 1 GB.
  12. the op does not have the PC parts yet; ordering in Jan 2012. I'd wait for the 78xx or 79xx series and IB
  13. Oh, right. The post is kind of ambiguous IMO. Then I suggest you post again in January, OP.
  14. I would suggest buying a second Radeon 6950 and save yourself some $$$ that you could use on an Ssd or something.
    However you Might need bigger psu.
  15. spentshells said:
    1280MB

    Im really sorry op I did not see that you already had a 6950 1GB
    Why is it you want to Upgrade ? That does not work for you ?


    -------------------

    I'm sorry for being unclear.

    I don't own a PC yet (still on my useless MAC), I'm planning on buying everything within a month in SHANGHAI, CHINA (prices may vary).

    What im wondering though is do I really need Sapphire Toxic 2gb if im only using one Monitor? I heard they are usually used for multiple monitors. If so, 6950 2gb seems a bit excessive. Though I do plan on buying a DLP projector in the near future, so any advices on projector gaming are also welcome!

    I have no experience with overclocking, but I will learn it.

    So I guess what I am asking is which card is superior is between gtx 560 ti, or 6950 1gb?

    And which card is superior between gtx 570, or AMD 6970?

    I appreciate all of your help!!

    PS: I could wait till January but Im kind of impatient. Unless I can get an awesome deal for under 350.
  16. I could wait till January but Im kind of impatient. Unless I can get an awesome deal for under 350.
  17. ATI 6950 or gtx 560 ti
  18. Plain GTX560 will OC well with an MSI Twin Frozr, or an ASUS (single fan option) OC's to 920-950Mhz rather easily with a good case. can save a good $50-$75 if you are careful.
  19. .....just my two cents. If your possibly waiting until 2012 , might want to wait for the next gen Ati cards. This way you can pick one up or it will knock down the price of current cards quite a bit. For the amount your spending you could possibly step into SLI'd 6950's which are amazing and a toms hardware best of class in vid card price to preformance.
  20. envymert said:
    .....just my two cents. If your possibly waiting until 2012 , might want to wait for the next gen Ati cards. This way you can pick one up or it will knock down the price of current cards quite a bit. For the amount your spending you could possibly step into SLI'd 6950's which are amazing and a toms hardware best of class in vid card price to preformance.


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    SLI 6950? isnt 6950 crossfire?
  21. do you know around what time the new cards are going to come out?
  22. fongnam1016 said:
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    SLI 6950? isnt 6950 crossfire?


    yeah I mean Xfire ...sorry Im an Nvidia guy now :P

    I read a few reports of Early December but I have also read Jan 2012 so who knows .....Id be willing to bet on Dec for financial and fiscal purposes.
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