If you need phsyx get a GTX 560 TI , performance wise HD 6970 is much better but i doubt you will get it for 17k , GTX 560 TI overclocked versions are pretty good performers at that price range. I have a MSI hawk edition gives good enuf frames .
Get a zotac amp edition or a msi hawk edition
Yup, I am in a similar situation wait for the Keplers to come, and Tahiti to drop prices. But honestly on your 20', I think a 6950 1gb / GTX 560 ti would more than suffice, unless you are planning to upgrade your monitor. You can choose between the 2 based on the games you play.
Gtx 560 ti performs well at 1080p....with moderate settings......but anyways.....wait for keplar to release....and let the prices of hd 7xxx series come down a bit....then you could go for them...as you won't need to upgrade for another couple of years.......
Cant actually decide as far as I know if i compare the hardware of consoles than the ps3 kicks 360 ass but as far as motion gaming goes than xbox is a winner .
The main point is that which ever the console may be iy should be hackable to run backup games and burrned disc. I knOw the new slim xbox is not hackable but saw some shop where they were doing so on the slim so the main point is that the ps3 slim is hackable or not like my psp and iphone,ipod and ps2
I think its abt what you need.. PS3 is old hardware but still performs fabulous at HD however, it has Move Controller it cannot put you into the game and Xbox 360 is also a great console which will immerse you into the game with Kinect..