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6950 or 6970 and which brand!

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February 16, 2012 1:55:03 PM

hello!

i am looking to buy one of 6950 or 6970, but im not really sure which one to buy

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current specs
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intel i7 2600k @3.4ghz (going to overclock later on)
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
Hyper 212 Evo
16 GB 1600 ripjaws RAM
500W Antec PSU
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my current graphics card is a GTS450, which was the card i used in my old computer
i recently put together a new computer (the specs listed above) and im planning to buy a new graphics card

ive always used nvidia cards, so i thought i might try out something different this time

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i am also planning to buy a second card to run on crossfire once i earn a little bit more money

currently the cards are selling at
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1G 6950 HIS $252/ Gigabyte $261/ Asus $272// 2G 6950 Powercolor $259
2G 6970 Powercolor $342/ HIS $349/ Gigabyte $377/ Asus $398
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i have a 300 dollar budget, which is why i'm leaning towards the 6950

and probably wont buy the 6970 unless there is a REAL big difference when running in crossfire / single card - then i will pour out more money to buy it

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what i will be doing on my computer
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i enjoy recording gameplay videos using FRAPS
games i play: Battlefield 3, League of Legends, Skyrim, Diablo3 (when it comes out)

currently i can play all first 3 games at 50~60 frames with no problems

but when i record battlefield 3, it lags and frame rates drop, and my card gets really really hot, which makes me worried,

i want smooth frames (50~60 or higher)while recording- it doesnt matter if im recording @ lower graphics setting, but as long as its not on the LOWEST - so somewhere from medium to high,

from looking at other forums people suggested the GTX570/ other nvidia cards over these ones, but i want to buy an AMD Radeon this time, so please give your opinions and reasons behind it!

thankyou!!

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February 16, 2012 2:08:02 PM

Well i'd go with the 6970 because its a better performer, as for the Brand, either Saphire or XFX, i would pick XFX. but unless you have your mind set, why not get a 7950?
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February 16, 2012 2:29:24 PM

If you plan to crossfire I'd go with the 6950 for now, you'll likely need a new PSU to crossfire though, with that in mind it might be an idea to go with the 6790 or save for a 7950.
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February 16, 2012 2:30:00 PM

ah okay thank you, do you think a 500w psu will be sufficient to run this card as well as everything else?
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February 16, 2012 2:30:16 PM

I'm not trying to change your mind, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I've always found the ATI cards run better with AMD processors, and nvidia with intel, maybe its the company or something(?). Anyway I agree with ROck, 7950 is very good, if not a little expensive. But it's always best to buy the latest, as it lasts longer. But the 6970 is cost effective and will probs do the job.
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February 16, 2012 2:33:51 PM

0BackwoodsBoy0 said:
I'm not trying to change your mind, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I've always found the ATI cards run better with AMD processors, and nvidia with intel, maybe its the company or something(?). Anyway I agree with ROck, 7950 is very good, if not a little expensive. But it's always best to buy the latest, as it lasts longer. But the 6970 is cost effective and will probs do the job.


AMD GPU's do not run better with AMD processors, you will get more performance (by far) with a 2500k + 7970 than a 8150 + 7970.
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February 16, 2012 2:42:58 PM

Also check your PSU specifications, there are 1000w PSU's that can hit 1200w power requirements if needed - though PSU's do degrade over time (albeit a long time) and won't deliver the same power.
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February 16, 2012 2:49:10 PM

yeah, im slightly worried about my psu, even thought it is a 500w psu, ive had it for quite a long time (around 4 years)

and i only have 2 of the 4pin pci-e plugs left =\
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February 16, 2012 2:56:46 PM

nvm my bad i meant 6 pin not 4 pin - looked at it incorrectly , silly me

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February 23, 2012 3:30:06 AM

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February 23, 2012 3:06:38 PM

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