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blazinfire11
07-31-2011, 12:49 PM
I'm trying to decide between a new video card so i can play The Witcher 2. i wanna know some opinions on buying this card or if there are any other recommendations out there. I'm upgrading from a EVGA Nvidia 9800gtx.

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

Normally i'll be running the pc on a 1680x1050 native resolution monitor. but i plan on hooking it up on a 1080p tv in some cases as well

Also for playing the witcher 2 i'll be turning off ubbersampling

Trying to stay within the price range of $250 or lower.. i can possibly go a little bit higher than that tho if something else is recommended.

My system specs are:

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

Power supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3

rotNdude
07-31-2011, 01:09 PM
This is always a tough call. This card is on par with the card you have selected and about the same price.

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385)

skoops
07-31-2011, 01:13 PM
At that price point I would get the 6950.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330

blazinfire11
07-31-2011, 01:22 PM
This is always a tough call. This card is on par with the card you have selected and about the same price.

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385)

I was also looking into this card

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

how much better would this card compared to the 6950 you linked? plus that particular 6950 is to long for my case :) my case can hold anything under 11 inches from my measurements

blazinfire11
07-31-2011, 02:49 PM
Alright so before i ended up getting a headache :) i did some more research and i was rather worried that the radeon cards was to long or i wouldn't have enough extra room in my case.

so i looked around for a while i found

EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

This card is only 9 inches long which is even shorter than my 9800gtx so i know for a fact it'll fit in the case. and its within my price range..

I appricate the responses, and if anyone has any other recommendations or suggestions towards a card to pick i'm open for all suggestions.

FanOfKOTOKO
07-31-2011, 04:12 PM
I don't see a real need for 2GB of buffer unless you're going to be playing beyond 1080p most of the time if you can choose. 1GB is definitely enough for 1650x1080 as well as 1080p.

This HD6950 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523) is just a little over 10" and might fit if the most you can go is 11" :P

superdog_5678
07-31-2011, 04:47 PM
An additional thing to consider on dual fan GPUs is that they often blow half the hot air into the case. One fan usually blows air out the back and the other blows air out the front(into the case). This can be a problem if:

1. Your case cannot adequately remove the hot air deposited in the case.

2. You have a fan blowing against the front end of the card, which works against the GPU trying to blow air out.

People will end up with heating problems (and sometimes disasters) if either of these two conditions exist. If you have any doubts, go for a graphics card with a single fan or be prepared to do some modding to keep things cool.

(Hopefully I don't get deleted or moved this time)

TheMC173
07-31-2011, 06:20 PM
Anything from the ATI Radeon HD 6000 series is good.

I suggest the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, 6870 1GB or the 6970 1GB. Those are some of the best ones I have personally used.

kaleckton
07-31-2011, 08:42 PM
I myself have a 1 gig 560 ti asus. Best buy I could ever do, OCed, it plays games with a core clock of 1,050 and memory clock of 2300. Only difference is I included a industrial cooling fan which keeps it alot colder than normal, my normal fans I practically have turned off. worried i might break them if i keep them on at very fast.

Soviet Mudkip
07-31-2011, 08:47 PM
I have two 5870's crossfired, and even though they're about a year old, I can pretty much run everything on maximum graphics. (SC2 (Except for the cinematics, but who cares about those?), TF2, Crysis 2, RUSE)


You might have trouble finding them though, I think they stopped making as many.

Edit: I looked on Newegg, I couldn't find any. Might have to go into your local store.

superdog_5678
07-31-2011, 09:54 PM
Looking around I have found that there can be a bios issue for mobos with a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot trying to run a 2.1 x 16 card. You may need to update the bios for it to work correctly.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290252-33-does-work-slot

borg_7_of_9
07-31-2011, 10:10 PM
Looking around I have found that there can be a bios issue for mobos with a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot trying to run a 2.1 x 16 card. You may need to update the bios for it to work correctly.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290252-33-does-work-slot

IIRC there are no PCI-E v2.1 motherboards in existence..
I think u mixed up your statement..

also the ppl in that post with issues had old dell's/HP witch probably didn't even have enough power to run a graphics card since a lot of these rig's would have had on board graphics and very low power PSU's.. 220W or less is not uncommon in these PC's

blazinfire11
07-31-2011, 10:37 PM
Hey everyone :) thanx for all the reply's.. after i chose to get a 2gb vram video card i did some more research come to find out its not really nessasary unless your running above 1080p resolutions.

So i ended up looking around some more still a bit worried about radeon card sizes so i chose

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

Planning on buying early in the morning.
P.S. when did they stop giving away free games with video cards? what a bummer.

HL2-4-Life
07-31-2011, 11:11 PM
Jeez, dude, if you have your mind made up, you might as well thank everyone who have posted here and get the GTX560 Ti that you've been eyeing. The HD6950, especially the 2GB version, has the edge, but if you're worried about its length, then get the GTX560 and be done with it. I, myself, have a GB GTX560OC Ti and I can't say that I'm displeased with its performance (and yes, it's way shorter than the HD6950, even shorter than my HD5870).

blazinfire11
07-31-2011, 11:35 PM
Jeez, dude, if you have your mind made up, you might as well thank everyone who have posted here and get the GTX560 Ti that you've been eyeing. The HD6950, especially the 2GB version, has the edge, but if you're worried about its length, then get the GTX560 and be done with it. I, myself, have a GB GTX560OC Ti and I can't say that I'm displeased with its performance (and yes, it's way shorter than the HD6950, even shorter than my HD5870).


haha that was sorta what my last post was all about i said "thanks for all the reply's here's what i decided on blah blah blah" :) but yea the size difference is what won the battle. i figure the 6950 would work but just didn't wanna take the chance :) have a good one