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Sapphire 5850 Extreme Crossfire VS GTX 560 TI/HD6950 1GB

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  1. naraku

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    Hello guys! I am almost done with my PC but due to really tight budget, i am down with these 3 cards. Which one do you think is the best choice?
    My system specs are as follows:
    i7 2600k
    8gb ripjaw 1600 9-9-9-24
    Asus p8p67 PRO
    850W NZXT Hale90
    Corsair h60
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    well the thing is the 5850 Extreme is FANTASTIC value but it is on a REALLY budget PCB, which means limited overclocking and potentially lifespan if you're a hardcore gamer.

    the 560Ti and 6950 are much newer and better products which offer somewhat better features and easily better overclock-ability. the 5850 is still a powerfull GPU but the situation is that is is dated and Sapphire is trying their best to flog them off as cheap as possible.

    on a personal note I'd take the 560Ti being a big fan of nvidia, but realistically the 6950 is the more powerful card, especially if you can afford to spring for a 2gb model.
     
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    The 5850 is the best by far for price/performance and even with the less than optimal crossfire scaling of the 5 series cards it's still the best. You will pay a little of a premium but I would spring for dual gtx 570's.

    Just noticed really tight budget, lol. Just get whatever you can afford pretty much. Hard to go wrong with any card in the $150-300 price range.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I want to ask though which would be the best for performance? The 5850 Extreme Crossfired or GTX 560 TI or 6950 1gb?
     
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    Crossfired 5850 of course..... but at a cost.
     
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    I think 2 5850 extreme is almost the same price with a single 560 ti or hd 6950 1gb.
     
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    I suppose it depends where you are, I can get a 1GB 6950 for a fair bit cheaper than 2 5850 extreme's.
     
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