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GPU for first build, $200 - $300 price range

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January 6, 2012 2:05:29 AM

All right, so I'm looking to build a semi-cheap (under $1000) gaming rig and I'm just trying to weigh my options here. To go with my i5 2500K with 8GB of ram, I'm looking at either a pricier, factory OC'd 560 Ti or two cheap-ish 6850s for crossfire. Considering the latter really wouldn't be that much more expensive if I went with two of these I'm leaning toward the latter.

What do?
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January 6, 2012 5:41:44 AM

The 6850's would perform better overall, but you do have to deal with some dual card issues; sometimes crossfire doesn't work and micro-stutter can be noticeable on two card solutions(I have never used dual cards personally; I just know about it and understand why it might happen).

The 560 Ti would be more consistent in performance.

Both setups would play today's games well. I use a 6950(equivalent to the 560Ti) and I have played BF3 with almost every setting turned up@1080p.
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January 6, 2012 6:11:33 AM

msi twin frozr iii 560ti 448 OR msi 560ti hawk, both can be overclocked to if not past gtx 570 levels.