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Old February 10, 2012, 05:37 PM
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I agree with Bond007. As of right now, if you want to future proof yourself for 3 years get the 7950 otherwise get a 6870 and run it a year or so. The 6870's are not too exspensive at the moment. I'm running a 6870 in my i5-2500k system and it works great. Runs all the games I want full detail but havent tried BF3 yet.

I have a 6950 unlocked to a 6970. When it replaced the 6870 in the Phenom II X4 965 I have it was better but not amazing better I thought.

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Old February 10, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Another 7950 vote, if you want it to last for 3 years that would be my minimum recommendation. I'm going to make my 480 last another year, then grab the newest Nvidia 3GB card. (team green for life :P)
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Old February 10, 2012, 08:03 PM
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If you can afford a new 7950 go for that.
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Old February 10, 2012, 09:16 PM
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7800s should be less than a month away, and more likely 2-3 weeks away. If they're anything like the 7900s, they'll be overclocking beasts, meaning that you should be able to extract performance out of a 7870 that is close to or better than a stock 7950. Really, I'm sure it will be worth the wait. Honestly, I wouldn't bother spending money on a 6970, much less a 6950 at this point.
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Old February 11, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Problem with waiting too long is there is always something new/better/faster coming up and you spend all your time waiting. 6970's aren't a bad price now for the performance. a 7950 while far faster and less power hunger and cooler/quieter is also a $100 or more higher in price - and 7970's higher still.

Used to be older gen card prices would fall when the new ones came out. This isn't happening. Nor is the usual "priced below MSRP" scenario. Nor is there the usual price differences between brands. If anything prices are rising. I've been shopping for a new vid card for about a month now (not in a great rush) and have seen 6970's at $400, 7950's that have MSRP's of $450 selling for $550 and a 7970 on ebay.ca for a whopping $800+.

To top it off I though I might score a good deal on an NOS 4870 or 4890 and crossfire with my current card till prices dropped a little. I found one retailer selling a 4890 for $450 another a 4870x2 for almost $600 and believe it or not another had a listing for a 4870 512 MB for $400+! I bought mine when the 4870 was state of the art and it was only $300.
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Old February 11, 2012, 05:10 PM
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Or if you want now look for used GTX580's popping up in the $350 price range. Great Cards at that price!!
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Old February 23, 2012, 08:52 AM
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So I found a deal on a 6970 that I think I'm gonna take. Thank you all. For your help
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Old February 26, 2012, 05:54 PM
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6950 or 6970 have good performance/price, and lots of blocks out for them since they over 1 year old
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Old February 26, 2012, 06:04 PM
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For $250, a GTX 480 (LOVE mine), or a 2GB 6950 and hope it unlocks.
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