Help with choosing new graphics card for existing system

Approximate Purchase Date: In couple of weeks

Budget Range: $200-$260

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing and surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: To be able to play games, BF3, Far Cry 3 and do video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro


Hi all,

My system:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Samsung 256GB SSD (windows and programs)
2 x Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive
Sapphire 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 Graphics Card - PCI Express 2.0 - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM 2560 x 1600 - CrossFireX

Here goes my story....
System was working fine and one day I wasn't able to boot.
I've tried power supply from other system and it would not boot. Contacted Asus and they told me to RMA the board since it was under warranty.
Tonight friend of mine had issue with his new build using this board anything connected to USB would not work not even in BIOS.
While testing his I decided to try my graphics card (Sapphire Radeon HD 6870)
in my computer and his computer would not boot. I've tried graphics card from other working system and system booted. So that tells me that I have bad graphics card and not the board???
I did not test that before sending my board.

Long story short, once I receive board back if it turns out to be graphics card what should I get?

I would like to try nVidia since I was Radeon fan since ATI days.
I wanted to use hardware acceleration in Premiere Pro CS6 but AMD was not supported and with Adobe's shift to cloud I'm not sure if this will have any change on hardware.
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  1. XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition
    or
    Gigabyte HD 7870 OC

    This might be the best GPU under $260. You will also get three games free namely Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Tomb Raider and Bioshock.

    HD 7870 is better than GTX 660 and 660 ti is way over your budget is its better to get a 7870.
  2. Xfx are bad
  3. Thanks to all who replied!
    What about Adobe Premiere Pro Mercury Playback Engine?
    CS6 won't support AMD cards and I would like to use it.
  4. Then the only choice is getting a GTX 660.
  5. darkther said:
    Then the only choice is getting a GTX 660.

    So, if I wanted to squeeze another $50 out of my wallet to be able to buy GTX 660 which one would I get ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662&IsNodeId=1&Description=GTX%20660&bop=And&Order=REVIEWS&PageSize=20
    Some are in low $200 range and some are close to $300, what's the difference?
  6. The ones in the $200 range are the normal/or whatever version of the GPU and the ones in the $300 range are the "ti" version of the GTX 660 GPU. They offer much better performance. GTX 660 < HD 7870 < GTX 580 < GTX 660 ti.
  7. darkther said:
    The ones in the $200 range are the normal/or whatever version of the GPU and the ones in the $300 range are the "ti" version of the GTX 660 GPU. They offer much better performance. GTX 660 < HD 7870 < GTX 580 < GTX 660 ti.

    Thank you!
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