6870 2GB or GTX 560?

Bones2525

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So, my friend is thinking about a new build. He is a gamer, and is mainly wanting to play things like Skyrim and Battlefield 3. The first card I picked was the XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit, but I just saw the EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5, which looks pretty powerful and fast. There is only a ten dollar difference, so cost is really unimportant. I'm also open to other options, as long as they are under 220$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563
6870 Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661
560 Card
 

Martell77

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After reading the 6950 round-up here on Tom's, I think the 6870 would also run out of GPU muscle before using 2gb memory. If the more powerful 6950 doesn't benefit much from the extra memory, I don't think the 6870 would.

Since the budget is ~$220, I'd go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161369

Has a mild OC on the core and memory. I'm running the XFX Black Edition 6870 and its pretty good.
 
You decide .... 6870 gets 434 fps w/ single card and 701 in CF. On a bang for the buck standpoint, the 6870 wins the single card crown at 39 cents per frame .... the 900 Mhz 560 wins when paired at 48 cents per frame.

$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
$ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48


the 560 you linked to is not a Ti version,this is....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363

Tho if budget's $220, I'd try and squeeze an lil extra and get this one (better cooling)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425