for 250 or so you will most likely be able to pick up GTX 560 ti refresh (GTX 565 i believe). BUt if you really can stretch for 6950 or 560 ti then gtX 560 or 6870 are fine. you did mention something about sli. if you were to SLI 560 ti's it would cost around 500$. I noticed something really cool on newegg that i have been wawnting to reccomend check it out. really! its worth looking at! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Urg, I was hoping not to have to go beyond $200. Student budgets plague us all.
When the 565's come out, will the 560's drop in price at all?
What's the difference between a 560 and a 560 Ti? I've been out of the graphics card game... well basically since I got my 8800 GT.
I can happily wait and was planning on doing so with black friday/cyber monday right around the corner. SWTOR doesn't come out till end of December so I can afford to sit with what I have for the time being.
Warmaclu: Do you mean until the beginning of December? January would be a month and ten days away...
EDIT: Forgot that I'm home now. The processor is a QX6850 @ 3.0ghz. I've got a big Zalman CNPS9900A sitting next to me that I've never installed. I figured I'd get a new GPU, install that and while I was in there hook up the new cooler and overclock everything.
achosid -> Black friday might get you a 560ti or 6950 1GB for 200 but I kinda doubt it. Otherwise If you have been playing with the 8800gt and switch to a 560 or 6870 you will poop your pants with exitement once you plug in the new card.
I can personally say that I have found 560ti's under 200$ before black friday, so I'm 99% sure you will find one at a reasonable price between 150-200$ without a problem. Wait friday and monday... you will get a good deal.