Help choosing Christmas gift *<]:-)

First of all hello every1, so Christmas is almost here so it's time for me to upgrade my GPU (I'll buy it in the following days after the 25th).
I am from Portugal and I was pretending to buy it from USA/other EU countries since here they are expensive as hell (for example the cheapest 560ti 448 classified is 305€ and in amazon its 300$=230€) but I honestly don't know any websites for parts/costs of ports in either in EU or USA beside AMAZON.
I don't have a preference between ATI/NVIDIA (I only had this pc for gaming with my current GPU which you can see below) so that's one of the things I'd love to be adviced with.
I mostly play CoD4 because it is a ******* sick game to play competitively even tho it is getting kinda old (I do have the 250 steady FPS atm at 1280x1024 with extra textures but I lag at 1080p even tho the FPS don't drop), but I'd love to play it on 1080p, and also BF3 at maximum settings.
About overclocking I'm the biggest noob there is, never did anything (well 1 day i did put everything max on EVGA precision - coreclock etc and image went black so yea I think that went kinda wrong so I stopped :P).
My monitor's resolution is 1920x1080 @ 75hz.

My pc specs:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU
Memory: Gskill DDR3 Ripjaws 8GB @ 1600 mhz
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked
Monitor: LG W2253V
Motherboard: Asus P8H67-M LE
Power Supply: Corsair VX-550W

I've read some things on internet and I think the solution is somewhere between the 560ti 448 / 570 / 6950@6950 / crossfired 6870's / 5970, but I'd like the advice for my personal case.

My perfect budged would be 200€(261$) but it can be stretched max to 260€(340$).

Thank you in advance for any useful advice, a merry christmas and a happy new year for every1! ;)
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  1. if your getting 250fps you are not lagging by any stretch of the imagination LOL and if you are just playing COD4 and getting that kind of FPS then why waste money on a unneeded upgrade that will not be an upgrade.
  2. Well I love playing BF3 but i lag at high resolution and I dont like playing it on low resolution because I can't see a *** so it's mostly it xP
  3. Im going to suggest the 6970 personally.

    It goes well with the 2500k, and leaves room for excellent performance when you need to crossfire later on in the builds life.

    I can find them for £251 in england, which means your probably going to hit your 260 Euro limit there.

    If you want to save some money go for the 6950 and crossfire them later, just make sure its the 2gb version, another card with excellent performance and even more excellent Value.

    The 570 I cannot reccomend, nor the 560ti 448. If your going to cut back on your cash, go for a 560ti/6950 - If your going to go in hard, go 6970/580.
    The 570 is slower than the 6970@1080p and the same price - and the 560ti 448 fills a pointless price gap where for an extra £15 you can get a 6970.

    All in all, 6970 if you want to spend the full budget, 6950 2gb if you dont. Go for the DirectCU II Version and try and unlock it, you might get a 6970 for the price of a 6950!
  4. @deadjon
    Yea I'm most definitly going for the 6950 and unlock it to 6970 :P
    Which model is best for it? MSI Radeon HD6950 2Gb Twin Frozr III OR II PE/OC GDDR5 vs Asus Radeon HD6950 DirectCU II 2GB GDDR5 (PCI-E) ?
  5. Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
    $ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
    $ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
    $ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50
    $ 340.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.65 - $ 0.78
    $ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05

    So what do we see from the above ?

    For a single card, the factory OC'd 6950 and 560 Ti (in bold) are the best choices......495 versus 484 fps is a virtual tie but the cost per frame is 16% higher for the 6950......if SLI or CF is in your future, then I gotta go with the 560 Ti as 103 fps difference between the two is too hard to ignore. Unlocking it to a 6970 is a possible option, at some risk....but as we see, two 6970's only get ya 825 fps....still not enough to catch the factory OC'd 560's.

    Of course the 580 should always be considered, but "outta the box", those two 560 Ti's that cost $430 over here on this side of the pond, are only 10% slower than the twin 580's......and....we see here that the 560's can be clocked as much as another 20%

    Ya 550w PSU is fine for the single 560 / 6950 but Id go to an 750 watter as a minimum when ya add the 2nd....if OC'ing the cards and CPU, Id want an 850.
  6. Upgrade to a z68 motherboard?
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