This is the card I ended up buying (pela electronics in the condition - "New" section sold it through amazon to me for 285 bucks total (I felt this was a really good deal). I've heard this design leaks heat into the case, but my case is ventilated very well and is huge. I also plan to get an after market cooler eventually for some overclocking (probably just to 810 mhz or 830 mhz). I felt the 6970 performed worse in most benchmarks compared to this card, but perhaps I was wrong? I'll be playing only at 1680 x 1050 so I felt 2gb of video ram was over kill in the 6970. Either way I'm stuck with the card just want some feedback.