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6870 1gb vs 6950 2gb

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January 13, 2012 2:38:35 PM

I just built a new computer with an i5 2500. I have narrowed my gpu down to:
Sapphire Radeon 6870 1gb $164.99
Sapphire Radeon 6950 2bg $279.99

I am gaming on a 20" monitor running at 1600x900. Is the 6950 worth the extra $115?

I just want to play some of the new games.
Thanks! :) 

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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:53:36 PM

Buy 6870. On that resolution is the best option. If you want to upgrade your monitor to fullHD resolution than 6950 is better than 6870.
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 3:03:32 PM

rockncountry said:
I just want to play some of the new games.
Thanks! :) 


The 6870 will handle your resolution great. The 6950 will do it better but I think based on that price comparison, the 6870 is a much better value.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 3:10:20 PM

for your res, a 6870 would be cheaper and well-suited.
what are your full specs (including amperes on your psu's +12v rail)?
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 3:37:24 PM

You can get 1gb 6950 for 209.99 with free dirt3 game or for $20 more 2gb version. However, I would wait till 7950 is out and the prices of 6000 series would drop few $$. Or just get a used card from ebay 6950 goes for <$200

6870 is great for your resolution but 6950 can give you little extra FPS so you can play with all eye candies on
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January 13, 2012 4:53:03 PM

My psu is http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYV690/ref=oh_o05_...

I do see myself upgrading to a new card in a year. I guess I could go with the 6870, play some old games I've missed, and then upgrade to one of the newer cards January of next year. I only buy from Amazon, because I have come to trust them as an e merchant. They have always been good to me customer service wise.
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January 13, 2012 5:16:58 PM

That's true Mal. Thanks guys for all your help!
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January 13, 2012 5:56:10 PM

buy the best you can afford.
no reason to get less perormance if you dont have to.
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