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Deciding between 560 Ti and 6950?

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=N82E16814161372 (is this brand reliable?)
and this GTX 560Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

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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  1. Best answer
    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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. It really depends on the game. Here is a general comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-radeon-hd-6950/
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Yes the Corsair GS800 is plenty for a 6950 crossfire and overclocking.

    Here's the review.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-GS800-Power-Supply-Review/1103/7
  8. +1 for the 560 Ti.

    NVidia has much better drivers overall than AMD and they run a lot quieter than the 6000 series.
  9. 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=N82E16814150524
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

    2GB Cards..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608
  10. HIS turbo 6950 is better IMO.it runs cooler,quieter and overclocks well.if you want 560ti then get MSi twinfrozer ii version.
  11. unfortunately 3 of them are out of stock.only twinfrozer ii 560ti 2gb is available.i say go with it!!!
  12. Best answer selected by Ren3gade.
  13. The Twin Frozr 2GB is a very nice card.
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