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January 20, 2012 11:43:39 AM

So, my 4290 on board has done its job. Ready to gain some horse power. I need a single card solution that isn't over 300 bucks.

Card suggestions?
Should I worry about a decent card being bottle necked by anything in my pc?
Thoughts on the potential of the unreleased amd 7950?

Oh, my sig rig is up to date.
I play in 1080p
Skyrim, BF3, etc.... the usual games, with older classics.

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January 20, 2012 11:58:20 AM

Thanks man. Yeah, I've had my eye on that 6950 for awhile. I wonder what the price for the 7950 will be like. Have you heard any thing about prices?
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 12:03:06 PM

There is an article on here that states the 7950 MSRP is between $400-450.
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 12:09:38 PM

yes i have heard about the price of hd 7950 it will be between $400-450 and i also heard that amd is going to launch this in 31st january.the hd 7990 is also going to release on that date which is having 6gb of memory.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-radeon-hd-7950-hd-...

but for now the hd 6950 2gb will be good or wait for the hd 7950 price to go down after launch.:) 

January 20, 2012 12:26:13 PM

Wow, wish I had a grand to throw at a 7990......ahh.....maybe in the next build lol.
Really don't want to wait for prices to drop. Thanks for the link sunnk. I'll probably settle for the 6950. I heard at one point some of the reference models could be flashed to 6970's. Does this still hold true with any of them?
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 12:29:33 PM

yes the hd 6950 2gb can overclock better and unlock shader units to an hd 6970 that gpu which i was given in the link of newwegg can do all this better just buy it. {good luck}.:) 
a c 176 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 12:33:07 PM

Your particular mix of games cries out for the power-saving features of the HD7000 series. What settings have you been using for BF3 and Skyrim on your 4290 IGP? I have to think you'd be a poster child for my assertion that it doesn't take a pair of $400+ video cards to play (and enjoy) games. You might be very happy with the performance of a HD6850 or HD6870, for half your budget.
January 20, 2012 12:46:20 PM

I have a Sapphire 6950 2gb that successfull unlocked and highly recommend one. Get one from a reputable seller on ebay because the reference cards that have the dual bios switch are getting hard to find.
January 20, 2012 12:49:47 PM

Lmao, Yeah, I would be the poster child for that assertion. I've always been an audio guy. I play Skyrim with all settings low except for all the draw distances maxed. Yet I have the audio coming through an m-box mini connected to 2 Mackie HR824 studio monitors......lol Yeah, a bit ridiculous. I'm just ready for the imagery to match the sound scape. Cool suunk, I was hoping so.
a c 176 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 1:18:50 PM

If I had a spare Benjamin on hand, I'd be tempted to test a HD6670 on Skyrim, but I don't think I'd recommend it for you. Still, you may not need to max your budget.
Jeremy Soule's music is awesome. I went so far as to buy the three Guild Wars sound tracks, and burned them to CDs.

Edit: Taking a look at http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+HD... especially the second chart, a GTX560Ti appears to offer a much higher bang/buck than the HD6950. That's what I'm using, and Skyrim is on all Ultra settings.
January 20, 2012 9:22:15 PM

Definitely food for thought jtt83. Is your system similar to mine?
a c 176 U Graphics card
January 21, 2012 12:03:02 AM

I'm running an AMD rig, but there are only a few similarities. It is listed in my profile. The biggest performance difference is that you've been using a 4290 IGP, and I have a GTX560Ti. I've just experimented with a number of different GPUs. Before I got Skyrim, I had tested a HD6670 I bought for my father and found it played my mostly older games maxed on my 1920x1080 monitor. When I built this rig last year, I was planning long term; my GPU is overkill for my needs (but great since I bought Skyrim), although my gamble on Bulldozer lost bigtime. Fortunately, my "fallback position" to a 970BE has so far handled my needs quite well.

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a c 84 U Graphics card
January 21, 2012 11:58:24 AM
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civilian1 said:
I see, I see.....Ok, so I found this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUSTeK-COMPUTER-AMD-Radeon-HD-...

Should I be scared.....or go for it?


dont go for it its an used one u can buy hd 6950 2gb and flashed it to hd 6970 and also u can overclock it so why to waste money for that just buy an gpu with good cooler.here i have a good one for u u will be happy with this.:) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 21, 2012 12:09:51 PM

Sh**, how did I miss that. Thanks sunnk. So the 1gb is good if I'm not going over 1920x1080 right?
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 21, 2012 12:16:19 PM

civilian1 said:
Sh**, how did I miss that. Thanks sunnk. So the 1gb is good if I'm not going over 1920x1080 right?


yes ofcourse it can handle games on 1080p easily.:) 
January 21, 2012 12:57:08 PM

lol, I'm entering my visa number right now.....Buying it for sure, right now.
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 21, 2012 1:05:00 PM

lol,it will give you a performance boost good luck man
January 21, 2012 1:12:15 PM

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January 21, 2012 1:13:43 PM

Thanks sunnk, if it doesn't. Something is seriously wrong. lol
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 21, 2012 1:15:33 PM

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