Hi I am new to the forum and have extensively searched for the best budget card for my build. I bought everything from new egg and went with the xfx radeon 6870. When I got my stuff I realized there are some cards that are better for not much more. Newegg will return the card without the restock fee. The only card that is sort of affordable is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Should I return my 6870 to get the nvidia 560 ti? Will it play substantially better in bf3? Also which is more stable?
I might go with the 6950 if I could find one cheap enough.
Intel core i5 2500k
Asus 067 saber
corsair 4 gb low latency
650 w psu
I like the graph that Helltech put up, because it pretty much sums it up. The 6870 is about 6% Slower than the 560Ti in general, and the 6950 is generally 6% faster.
For BF3 I think a lot of people look at charts that show the Nvidia cards performing a little bit better than normal, since they have an advantage in MSAA performance, in that particular game. Unfortunately, running with those settings would put FPS too low, especially in min values, and is completely idiotic to do. SO, as far as playable settings go, the 6950 is actually superior, as it would be in most games.