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February 8, 2013 5:48:16 PM

I currently have a GTS 250, I bought it back in 2009 for my old system. I have a new system I just built this September and this GTS has got to go. I'm having trouble deciding between a few cards, I'm planning to buy next week and I can't go over $200. I'm thinking is gonna be best. Can you guys please help me out?

Mobo: P8Z77-V Pro
CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: G. Skill Sniper 16GB

I'm looking at these:

HD 6950
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HD 6970
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 570

GTX 650 TI


Thanks guys,

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February 8, 2013 6:04:46 PM

SixtyninNaMoose said:
I currently have a GTS 250, I bought it back in 2009 for my old system. I have a new system I just built this September and this GTS has got to go. I'm having trouble deciding between a few cards, I'm planning to buy next week and I can't go over $200. I'm thinking is gonna be best. Can you guys please help me out?

Mobo: P8Z77-V Pro
CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: G. Skill Sniper 16GB

I'm looking at these:

HD 6950
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HD 6970
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 570

GTX 650 TI


Thanks guys,


Hi - If they all fit in your budget, I'd take the 6950 & 650ti out of the equation.
Then it comes down to the other three. The 6970 & 570 trade blows depending on games and
the newer 7850 is close to the others and has v good OC ability. Tough decision,
if you are going to consider the 7850 tho, might as well get the 2g version as
it is also under $200.
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February 8, 2013 6:09:33 PM

The 7850 or gtx 570 are best out those
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February 18, 2013 3:03:13 AM

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February 18, 2013 3:10:04 AM

I recently got a 660 for slightly over $200. It blows away the 650, and beats the 7850 in nearly all cases, often beating the 7870.

In many cases, it also beats the GTX 580. So you would be at the previous-gen's flagship mark.

But if you're keen on AMD, the 7850 all the way. Or for a few more bucks, shell out for a 7870 and beat all the cards you mentioned. But like Django above said, just make sure it has plenty of RAM, like 2GB. As soon as I upgraded, I was quickly using about 1.5GB+ in games. So 1GB won't cut it. Not for an upgrade, anyway.
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