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Hd 6950 crossfire or gtx 560 ti sli, New build help!!

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September 28, 2011 1:32:31 AM

I recently built a new computer and I am having a hard time deciding which graphics card to go with. I'm going to be using 3 Acer 21.5 in monitors in portrait mode. I've narrowed it down to two hd 6950's in crossfire
probably asus ASUS EAH6950 DCII or two asus gtx 560 ti in sli.. does anyone have any opinions on which would be a better setup or is there anything else that you would recommend ?

There are only a couple of games that I play including,
hawx2, fsx, CoD,and couple other

I have a sea sonic x650 power supply, Asus z68 v pro motherboard, 2400 i5, 8 gigs gskill memory, Corsair 400r case, and h50 cooler, 2 crucial ssd 64g in raid 0, and 1 wd 640 for storage. I have been looking at different cards now for weeks. Can anyone help me out with this, or is there a better option. I don't really want to spend more than 450 to 500. Less would always be better...
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September 28, 2011 2:37:03 AM

If yo play Hawx2, then it's a no-brainer. That game highly and strongly prefers Nvidia cards, so does CoD for that matter. A pair of GTX 560 Ti's in SLI will outperform the 6950's in Crossfire by as much as 50%.

September 28, 2011 6:02:27 AM

Personally Id go with the Zotac GTX 570 amp! edition. 300 bucks and the same price and the 6950. Also performs better. It clocks just short of the 580 and runs fairly cool. Most games still prefer INVIDIA cards and the 570 for a few bucks more is hands down a smarter choice imo.
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September 28, 2011 6:10:31 AM

thanks for the info.. The zotac 570 is a nice card but i would need two to use the three screens that i have. and at 350 a piece on newegg that's pretty pricey.
September 28, 2011 6:40:52 AM

I have no idea about the specifics of the games you play, but if you search anywhere, you will find Radeon HD 6950 > Geforce GTX 560 ti by far. The only comparisons where nvidia competes with Radeon is when Radeon @ stock speeds is compared to that of over-clocked 560 ti's which is a very unfair comparison. A couple of 6950's in CF perform as well as 570's in SLI. Also, AMD's 6xxx series scale much better. My recommendation would be to go with Radeon. But, don't choose the Asus model as it takes up 3 expansion slots, maaking Crossfire inconvenient and illogical. A good model is Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Toxic Edition. It is an over-clocking beast, has nice temps, has a very high chance of being modded into a 6970 and gives you a free coupon for dirt3. Just read the reviews on various hardware sites or Newegg.
September 28, 2011 1:50:07 PM

Thanks animesh ill take a look at that.. Dont know if the psu im using is enough power to overclock the gpu's in crossfire or sli though.

So the asus 6950 wont fit if there crossfired in a case.. ?
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 1:56:39 PM

6950 x 2 ftw, get reference and flash them to 6970's. Doubt the 560s will have a leg to stand on tbh
September 28, 2011 2:14:56 PM

Is my sea sonic x650 enough to power the 6950 in crossfire and flashed to 6970's
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2011 2:18:28 PM

it will be close but you might just get away with it. although if you can afford a better psu then its recommended you get one. as you said you dont want to spend more than 500. you should be able to get 2 reference 6950's and a decent psu for that.