Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Upgrading HD 6870 for 1920x1080 - ~$200 budget, details inside

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 8, 2013 2:14:33 AM

After reading the "Best Graphics Card For The Money: August" article, I've decided on a ~$150-250 budget. Ideally, I'd want to spend $200 at most, but if the upgrade is substantial enough, I'd be willing to spend a bit more.
So this brings up the options of GTX 650 Ti BOOST, HD 7850, HD 7870, GTX 760, and HD 7950.

I'm not sure which card I can run the best without bottlenecking, overheating, etc. with my current setup. More details as follows:

Current PC Specs:
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
- Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+
- RAM: 4x2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600
- GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 1GB
- PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W
- Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-September - Mid-October
BUDGET RANGE: ~$150-250 Before / After Rebates

- Gaming w/ possible live-streaming: FFXIV: ARR & Battlefield 3 being among the more intensive games
- Light image and video editing w/ Photoshop & Premiere
a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2013 2:26:49 AM

You dont need 850w PSU go for 550w is good enough
Also dont get 4 channels ram take 2x2gb or 1x4GB and in the future u can add one more 1x4gb and AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition support DDR3 1333mhz ram.
September 8, 2013 10:26:13 AM

All of the parts I listed are what I already have. I'm just looking to upgrade my GPU to something better than the HD 6870.
Related resources

Best solution

a b 4 Gaming
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2013 10:42:41 AM

Oh sorry ok then.
So you can crossfire your 6870 with another 6870. 2x6870 is a good choice.
Or you can go for MSI GTX760 TF 2GB DDR5 (259$)
A very good GPU the best value for money for me.
Here is some other choices if you dont wanna spend so much.
Asus GTX660Ti 2GB DDR5 (216$)
Asus HD7870 2GB DDR5 (178$)
September 8, 2013 2:12:20 PM

Would I have any problem with bottlenecking any of those cards with my 955 BE? One concern I have is not being able to use the card to the fullest because of my current hardware.
September 9, 2013 12:40:49 AM

So after looking into it it looks like with some overclocking I will be able to handle even the GTX 760. I guess now I just have to decide how much I'm willing to spend. I don't do too much intensive gaming so I might go with the 7870. Thanks for the help.