So it is just a few days before I start ordering parts for my new build, and lo and behold, something has already gone wrong. I had my eye on this card
with the intention of flashing it to 6970 specs to get the most bang for my buck. Of course, I made my daily visit to newegg to check up on my wishlist and make sure all was in order, and I see that not only is the card out of stock, but it is listed as discontinued... anyone know the scoop behind this? And while you're here, it seems the options in front of me are to go ahead and buy the 6970, or since I would be spending about the same amount of money a GTX570, you guys have any suggestions as to particular brands/variations of either of these two that would be the best?
(and yes, I am aware that there are many other brands/versions of the 6950 available but unlike the one I was after they do not seem to have an aluminum cover and they all seem to look really cheaply made to me)