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What card should I go with ($140-$170)

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June 11, 2012 11:12:30 PM

Ok so first thing first, here is my build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.49 @ NCIX US)
Total: $702.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-11 19:07 EDT-0400)

Ok so I have bought the RAM, case, hard drive, and OS. Now I was going to buy this XFX 6870 but after a drastic price difference between what PCPartPicker and Newegg said and after reading more about the overheating issues with this specific card, I decided that I was going to pick a different one but I was just confusing myself with all the numbers. So with that said, if any one could point me to a good card for a first time builder and first time PC gamer with a budget for a card topping about $170 that would be much appreciated.

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June 11, 2012 11:20:29 PM

Alright, now I don't really have a preference between AMD and NVIDIA so I'm basically a slave to numbers. What kind of differences would appear between the two?
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June 11, 2012 11:29:56 PM

Well thank you both, I guess I'm just going to compare those and pick one some time tonight because I wanna get this thing done. Thanks again.
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June 12, 2012 12:03:59 AM

I'd go the gtx 560. The cards are so close I'd go with the one with better driver rep. But both are good picks.
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