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Windows 7: How good is my rig?

22 May 2011   #11


The difference is that the 6950 is around 50 more expensive and the gtx560 OC is around 20 more expensive.

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22 May 2011   #12


If the budget is really that tight, then I'd go for the 560. The extra vram of the 6950 can be handy for a few titles (AA etc), but nvidia does tend have arguably better drivers.

What screen resolution are you running?
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22 May 2011   #13


1440x900 but I hope soon to be better
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22 May 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

well, resolution does play a large role in performance.

I would say at 1440x900 or even 1680x1050 you should be just fine with the 560.

At 1920x1080, it may start to really put some stress on it however. But should still perform well.
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22 May 2011   #15


At that res 1GB is not an issue - VRAM only starts to become an issue @ 1920x1080+ and even then, only on titles that use around 800mb or so (which isn't all that many - although GTA IV is one of them with all settings maxed, which you wouldn't be be maxxing anyway). Otherwise the 1GB vs 2GB starts to become a moot point. If eyefinity was a possibility, then the VRAM would be much more of a concern.

Older reference 6950's can have their shaders unlocked, or even cross flash the BIOS to the same specs as a 6970. That + some overclocking will get you near 6970 stock speeds. However, newer models are more hit and miss in the BIOS flash, unlocking area. Non-reference models cannot be crossflashed.

Basically it comes down to personal preference and cost.

Your proposed build with either card will see your framerate improve significantly into much more acceptable and enjoyable levels.
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22 May 2011   #16


Hmm enjoyable level... What's your prevision of my fps average - total games ?
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22 May 2011   #17


At 1440x900, 50-60FPS is pretty realistic with perhaps a few details lowered (AA, etc)

A newer screen with a higher res will see it drop more on some games than others.

It's hard to be accurate as each game is different.

Unfortunately to completely max out games with solid 50-60 plus everything maxed, you're looking at 6970/580 , even crossfire/SLI setups.
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24 May 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

If your getting the 560 then you may want to consider gigabytes soc edition.

Either way, all the cards mentioned will give smooth enjoyable game play for a while yet.
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24 May 2011   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Double the RAM, no reason not too.
Looks decent other than that. Though I might bump up the PSU a little.

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24 May 2011   #20


Yeah guys thanks for all the tips I've kind of failed to convince my dad to let me buy this new computer so I wont be getting it after all... He says my current system can run 32-bit LOL! I also bought my current computer 1 year ago and I think it was a bad choice because I could've saved a little more so I could get a better computer.. He also says that I only use computer for fun, to play with and not to work with... How the hell is a 16 yr old supposed to use a computer to work? And what's the point of using a computer for fun if you can't have proper fun.. I seriously dont get my parents I will probably spend these 400 I had saved for the computer in clothes -_-'' Or maybe I will keep saving for a better computer. I need to find a way to start using a computer to work... Do we need a good computer to learn programming? Im studying to be an IT ( I think that's the name ) or a programmer I think.
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