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Radeon HD 6870 OR GeForce GTX 560

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November 8, 2011 4:23:46 AM

Hello. I'm currently picking out parts for a new gaming computer I'll be building next month
And most of them have been chosen. I'm just trying to decide which video card to get.

Specifically These:

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-561

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-661

Which one is better in performance for the price? If you know a different card that beats
either of them in price/performance up to $200 USD, I'd like to hear that as well.

Also with either of the cards and the other parts below, I wonder, will the stock fans with
the case be enough? As well as if the PSU is enough for SLI/Crossfire. I won't be doing
any overclocking.



Other Parts

Case: Cooler Master Haf 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

RAM: 8GB (4GB x2) G.Skill Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

SSD: SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171545

Monitor: ASUS VH236H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

DVD Drive: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335


Thanks for any help.

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a c 143 B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 4:29:26 AM

the 6870 usually benches marginally ahead of the 560 , but they are so close buy the one with the better price.
The cheapest 6950's are only a little over $200 so they are worth considering too .

Your power supply is massive over kill . Even if you added a second 6870 or gtx 560 later you wont need more than 650 watts
November 8, 2011 5:07:31 AM

You can overclock a 560 for a lot of extra performance but you should be able to find a good 6870 for cheaper and like outlander said the 6870 is more powerful at stock speed.
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November 8, 2011 5:22:41 AM

Thanks for the advice so far.
I also am wondering what is the difference between them in terms of 3D? As in glasses 3D.
I see on the GTX card theres the feature "NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready". I see nothing
about 3D on the Radeon ones. I don't know how many games there are out there that have
that kind of capability. Though I wouldn't want to miss out on them. The Radeon ones look
cheaper and better, but how good are they with 3D?

@Outlander thanks for the PSU advice it was really confusing for me. x]
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 9:48:18 AM

AMD has HD3D.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 9:49:18 AM

I would definitely get a 6950. You can flash it into a 6970.
November 8, 2011 6:31:35 PM

Again, thanks for the replies. :]

Ive been doing some research and I see that my monitor doesn't have a high enough
refresh rate to do 3d anyways. So I'm just going with the cheaper card.

One last thing though. With graphics cards like these, the fans that come with the HAF 922, the Hyper 212, and Arctic Silver 5, do I have enough to keep my computer cool. Or should I invest in further cooling measures?
November 8, 2011 7:32:14 PM

6870 for the win bro
November 17, 2011 12:02:47 AM

mmmm 560 or 6870 get what is cheaper

5770 6770 in crossfre will not be as powerfull on average as either of the two cards listed above.