I have a 6970 myself, also at 1920 x 1200.
First off, I'd get a reference-design card. These are made by AMD, then rebadged by vendors. They are higher quality than rev.2 designs, which are usually made to reduce cost. Also, the reference design models are the ones that unlock.
Unfortunately, I don't believe any 6950 reference cards are being sold new any more; you'd probably need to go through Ebay. There are still reference-design 6970 cards being made, though supply is short. Currently, NewEgg has only one in stock, from MSI. Note the "AMD" logo silkscreened just above the PCIe slot connector.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127554
two fan design from XFX will be appealing to you. I suggest this one due to the warranty, small OC, and slightly lower price than the Asus you're looking at.
XFX looks good on paper. However, they don't always handle warranty claims as well as they ought to. While almost all brands do so eventually, they're usually the first to "cheap down" their cards by switching away from reference design, and unlike some brands, they may use a reference-style cooler so the card looks like a reference design when it is not.
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