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Card for friend for gift, carry to build coming soon

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December 8, 2011 7:16:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week, before christmas, need to ship cross country

BUDGET RANGE: $300 after rebates, i can go to $400 if i need to

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. We gamed together since 1997-ish? That's right youngsters, we played 1.6 right after we played 1.5. And we bitched about the changes for a month like you make petitions for facebook and MW3 or whatever nowadays. ; )

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: He's running a couple of 4870's(yeah, i know). He's got a new 24" monitor, and is running @ like 1600x900 because he gets better scores. or something.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I THINK he has a PC power and cooling PSU not sure wattage, a 3 core AMD proc, some other things. We are going to build him a new system post New Years ish so this is just a little gift that he can carry over to his new build. And, Yes, This Will Be Xfired/SLIed and soon

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: preferred, though i will go to the egg if it beats the price



I'm really split on this:

1. I've liked evga, but they not sure now based upon (a very limited) personal support incident. Thinking XFX. I like the resale of a double lifetime. I run dual 5770's myself.
2. I like ATI, they are the underdog, and ever little card or chip i buy keeps a LITTLE competition so Nvidia/Intel have to keep on their toes, so better toys for everyone.
3. BUT: 3D. Not even sure if he wants it, heck, not sure if I want it. just would be nice to have. nvidia is leading on this, amiright?

OVERCLOCKING: I hear you can unlock to a higher sku or whatever, that's cool, gives him something to play with. no wasting money of factory oced cards

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, as he went that route already. i really want matching cards and something that i can buy 1 year from now if we wait that long

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 i would asume

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to get something that has better than stock cooling, he has a couple kids and what not, and better temps mean better clocks. also, when we put them into the new build i REALLY want something that exhausts OUT of the case. good airflow, people, the basics. ; )


any suggestions, if you can say"this card and it will be 125% of the dual 4870's" would help. We will maybe upgrade his PSU, BUT if we can get dual cards(or a single really nice one) on his current then that's awesome.

Here are a couple:

MSI Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R6950 TWIN FROZR III PE OC

or xfx:

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December 12, 2011 5:29:09 PM

would that not be less powerful than the future solution of dual 6950's? wouldn't two of those 6970's for 4 way xfire have bad scaling?

UPDATE: he is running a pc power and cooling 750:
Power Supply - Silencer PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
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December 12, 2011 9:22:52 PM

i was thinking 6990, i guess... thank you!

are the 6950 on market still unlockable, if they ever where?

also, where can i get a good comparison to dual 4870 vs 1 or 2 6950/6970? the charts confuse me.

he will be playing battlefield 3 a ton; is there a card suited to this(nvidia vs ati)?

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December 12, 2011 9:49:31 PM

It is hard to find info on that but 2 x4870= 2x 5770 which was close to a single HD5870 which again is close to HD6950
December 18, 2011 7:21:34 PM

rolli59 said:
It is hard to find info on that but 2 x4870= 2x 5770 which was close to a single HD5870 which again is close to HD6950

so what would i have to spend for a decent upgrade? what card? Hoping to give him something of a step up, rather than, say a 6950, where he will not see an improvement until crossfire...

was looking @ this:

or these, though I don't see the value in the top two...
December 23, 2011 1:57:00 AM

Best answer selected by chedderslam1976.
December 23, 2011 1:57:31 AM

rolli59 said:
It is hard to find info on that but 2 x4870= 2x 5770 which was close to a single HD5870 which again is close to HD6950

thank you very much for your help. I picked him a very nice card and I think it will make a great gift. Merry Christmas!