6950, 6870 and 6950 in gaming rig (1680x1050)

Hello, I have a question about graphic card in my future gaming rig. My original plan was XFX HD 6950 2GB, which costs $336 right now. However, I'm using Samsung SyncMaster T200 which has 20'' diagonal and 1680x1050 native resolution and I feel like HD 6950 would be overkill. Maybe I should go with XFX HD 6850 1GB, which costs $220 right now (dual fan edition), and upgrade in few years when HD 7000 or even HD 8000 gets released? Another option is Gigabyte HD 6870 for $245 (triple fan edition). What do you think? Obviously, by that time I will have 1080p monitor with bigger diagonal as well. I have a feeling my current monitor will die in 1-2 years.

The rest of my rig is:

Asus P8P67 PRO
Core i5 2500K
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
XFX XXX Edition 650W *
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz *
WD Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM 16MB *
Zalman Z9 Plus *
Scythe Kaze Q8 *
Additional 2 case fans (still trying to decide which)

(Components marked with * are already bought.)

I want this rig to be good in following 3-4 years. I will overclock and I might buy SSD when the prices drop down to something more reasonable.

Thanks for help.
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  1. Title is supposed to say 6950, 6870 and 6850, my bad.
  2. 6870 would be fine, upgrade next gen if you want. 6870 can be found for $170, so i don't know where you are getting your prices from.
  3. Lowest prices available in Croatia, unfortunately.
  4. HD 6950 1GB is in $290-330 range depending on manufacturer, edition and store.

    I know HD 6870 won't future proof me, but it should be able to run new games in few years at least on low-medium details at 1680x1050, shouldn't it?
  5. Im running Skyrim and BF3 on high @ 1920x1080 with my HD6850 and an e8400.

    And it runs smooth as butter.
  6. That's definitely good to hear. If HD 6850 can handle 1080p on high details with weaker processor, HD 6870 should be good for at least 2 years.
  7. From what I've read, you can't flash 6950 to 6970 on newer cards. That was possible only on early releases. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Anyway, this is a subjective matter because I used to game on a laptop (everything on lowest possible settings) and I'm currently on a computer from 2003. Imagine what will jump to above specified rig feel like. Even a card like 5670 would feel like a miracle to my eyes because I'm used to bad graphics.
  8. 6870 gets my vote unless you can overclock a 6850 by buying a good model.
    For the price of a good model of 6850 will get you a base model 6870 and just slightly less performance
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