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GPU for SWTOR, torn between a few and have questions

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March 19, 2012 6:07:11 PM

Hey all, working on a new computer after too many years away from the scene. Been doing a ton of research trying to bring myself into the "modern" gaming pc world. When I last left it, we were excited about PCI-E on the horizon and discussing the pro's of PC3200 over PC2700. So after getting a little bit up to pace, I have a few specific questions.

I'm hoping to have this built on paper, paid for, and built in reality in a month or so hopefully.

So far, the build is looking like:

Intel i5 2500K (w/cooler master hyper 212 EVO)
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8gb (2x4gb) 1333 (7-7-7-21)
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 6.0 SATA (64mb cache)
PSU undecided
Case undecided

I will primarily be gaming with it. Sad to admit, but being built to play SWTOR first and foremost, but also looking to play other games now and in the future. I mostly will probably be playing MMOs, single-player RPGs, and a few FPSers.

In the beginning it will be running on a monitor with 1600x1200 resolution, however I plan to upgrade soon to an HDMI monitor with a higher resolution.

I'm debating between: (listed cheapest to most expensive)

GTX 550 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 560 TI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 6950 (currently out-of-stock @NewEgg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the $150 price difference from the 550ti to the 6950, I'm sure there will be performance differences. I'm looking for best price v. performance.

Also, with all of the above, there is a 2gb version for not much more ($20-$40). Is it worth getting the 2gb?

Also, SLI: would it be better to run 2x 550ti's for the same price of a single 560ti or 6950?

Thanks for your help everyone!
a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2012 6:20:20 PM

6870 is probably the best performance/price card on the market right now. (159.99$ with free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Corsair PSU could also easily handle your setup (49.99$ after coupon + free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're looking for something more powerful, the 7870's should be in stock in a few days, cost around 350$ and offer performance similar to a GTX 580! The 7870 can also run on that 500W power supply!
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2012 6:19:53 PM

^^ What he said. Either get the one that I first linked or this one (10$ more, but I can tell you the Sapphire will run quieter and produce less heat than the XFX since I had the 6850 version of both of these cards a few months ago).

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