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Deciding between 560 Ti and 6950?

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February 22, 2012 11:59:06 PM

I am building a new PC soon for GAMING. I have basically everything picked out so far, except im stuck between video cards.

This is the build i have so far..

CPU - Intel 2500k
MOBO - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155
RAM - G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Case - Antec 902
HD - Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM
PSU - Corsair Gaming Series 800W ATX12V
Graphics Card - ??
Monitor - Currently a 19" or 20" dell widescreen monitor. Nothing special. I will eventually be upgrading to a nice 24" or 27" probably.

I am stuck between the 560Ti and the 6950. I will be gaming a lot with this build, and i want the best Graphics Card i can get for my money.

I am stuck between this 6950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (is this brand reliable?)
and this GTX 560Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now im not really sure.. Do i need the 2gb 6950? or is the 2gb not going to make a difference than a 1gb card? Which card will be better for me to play my games more smoothly on maxed settings with better FPS? (also i will be eventually SLI/Crossfiring which one of these cards)

And.. if you have another 6950 that would be better, or a better 560Ti for around the same price.. please link me to one. Thanks!

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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 12:07:38 AM

Yes HIS is reliable.In fact the cooler on that model is actually very good.

I would suggest going for the 6950 because of the 2GB of VRAM.More and more games are requiring the use of more than a 1GB of VRAM so it will be better for the long run and if you decide to upgrade your monitor to a bigger resolution in the future.
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February 23, 2012 12:09:22 AM

purple stank said:
Yes HIS is reliable.In fact the cooler on that model is actually very good.

I would suggest going for the 6950 because of the 2GB of VRAM.More and more games are requiring the use of more than a 1GB of VRAM so it will be better for the long run and if you decide to upgrade your monitor to a bigger resolution in the future.



Okay, that is exactly what i needed to know! Thank you very much!

1 more thing though.. would that PSU that i have picked be enough to Crossfire 2 of those 6950's?
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February 23, 2012 12:10:13 AM

I have a Powercolor HD 6950 2GB and I can say that it is a bit loud. I would go with the 560ti and 1GB if I wasn't running 3 monitors.

+1 for the 560 that you linked. No need for the 2GB unless you using multiple monitors.
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a b U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 12:19:46 AM

That PSU will SLI or Crossfire with no troubles.

I would go for the AMD card. They are a good value, the 6950 is faster than the 560Ti. and AMD GPU's generally run cooler and draw less power than comparable nvidias.
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February 23, 2012 12:26:16 AM

I would argue that the AMD cards sacrifice quality for features.

The 6950 that I have just seems... fragile.

If it is a budget issue, AMD gives you the most for your dollar.

But if you have the budget, I think that you will be happier with the 560.

As azeem40 points out though, they are both close, but AMD gets the advantage usually based on price.
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a b U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 12:30:55 AM

+1 for the 560 Ti.

NVidia has much better drivers overall than AMD and they run a lot quieter than the 6000 series.
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February 23, 2012 12:39:39 AM

Okay, so im getting questions going both ways. So here is my final question.

Which card of these would be the best choice for gaming and being reliable and whatnot?.. REMEMBER, i am running ONE monitor. I am currently running a 19" Widescreen Dell monitor, but soon will be upgrading to a nice 24" or 27" Monitor for gaming. ALSO.. i will eventually be buying another one of these cards to Crossfire or SLI them.

1GB Cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2GB Cards..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 12:40:11 AM

HIS turbo 6950 is better IMO.it runs cooler,quieter and overclocks well.if you want 560ti then get MSi twinfrozer ii version.
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a b U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 12:42:09 AM

unfortunately 3 of them are out of stock.only twinfrozer ii 560ti 2gb is available.i say go with it!!!
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February 23, 2012 1:12:08 AM

Best answer selected by Ren3gade.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 1:33:29 AM

The Twin Frozr 2GB is a very nice card.
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a c 332 U Graphics card
February 23, 2012 1:46:51 AM

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