PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I’ve purchased everything so far from Newegg but I’d be willing to shop other places if there is a noticeable price difference
PARTS PREFERENCES: Don’t have one. Cost is the biggest factor and getting the most for my money. Out of the things I’ve heard first hand so far I’d prefer Nvidia > ATI but I don’t have an issue with ATI if the price is right for what I’m getting.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe – I’ve never done it before but I’d like to at least try a minor one if possible or at least have the option to. No future plans of crossfire or sli in the near future. I’m uneducated when it comes to SLI/Crossfire so I’m not sure if that’s something I’ll want to do in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I run duel monitors if that makes a difference but I only “game” on one and it runs @ 1600x900.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Really just looking for the best card for my money at this point. If it’s worth it to bump up closer to $300 I’d go that route but I’d prefer to stay on the south side of $250 if possible. I was hoping for better black Friday and cyber Monday deals and still have hopes there would be some price cuts on some of the cards with the new cards on the horizon but I don’t know if it’s reasonable to think they will be coming in the timeframe I want to get a new card.
I’m not a huge enthusiast so an extra couple FPS isn’t worth a significant amount of money. I’ve read a decent amount of reviews from here and other places and I’m foggy on if I should be getting a 2GB or 1GB card. I’ve also been told and seen you can unlock the shaders on ATI Radeon 6950 2GB to the 6970 but I don’t know how much I could count on that to work.
I’d say my knowledge is fairly limited when it comes to stuff like this so thanks in advance for any advice. The cards I’ve been looking at specifically have been the GTX 560 Ti, , GTX 560 Ti 448 Core, ATI Radeon 6590 2GB and 1GB
Check the benchmarks to see if any of those games have a strong preference for nVidia or AMD, or if one or the other has driver issues. One of either a GTX560Ti or a HD6950 would do well for you. Your PSU is sufficient for either.
You don't need a 2GB card at 1600x900. An unlocked 6950 2GB at that price range is by far the best bet, but you have to get the right one, and I don't know which those are. Its very reliable if you get the right one and do research on it however.
Even without unlocking it, at that price point the 6950 is still the price bet.
It's either that or the 560Ti which is 6 percent weaker.
Of course if you wanna go over budget you could get the 560Ti 448, a 570 or a 6970. But at your resolution a 6950 will be enough I think regardless.