I'm just wondering how these gpu's will perform with the latest games.
And I already know about AnandTech. I can use this to compare the GPU's with each other, but I'm not sure how that relates to processor performance. Naturally you won't get that performance with a Celeron processor from 2005.
My specs are:
Intel Core i3-2100
Crucial Ballistics SDRAM (8GB) 1333MHz
A 7200rpm HDD (I guess some of these don't really matter but whatever)
A good 600W cooler (80+ certified by Corsair)
And the well know Antec 300 mid tower case.
But I think the most important is the processor+GPU.
I've been debating between the following GPU's from least --> most powerful
GTX 550ti (~$130)
GTX 460 (~$140)
Radeon HD 6850 (~$150)
Radeon HD 6870 (~$175)
Radeon HD 6950 (~$200)
The 6950 pushes my price to just over $600. About $610 (I have to pay tax on the 2100 from the Micro Center for the $90 processor).
Alternatively I could get the Phenom II BE processor but I've heard the i3 is better.
So how will these processors perform? I would like to be able to play,
all of the Total War games (I play the Rome game and expansions.) bringing me to the most important game of all
Rome 2 Total War.
I'm currently leaning more towards the 6850, but is there something good about the 6950 and enough difference between the 6850 and 6870 that's worth paying an extra $25?
Now this is mostly to get what you guys think. Please try not to be biased. I know there are some guys out there who are hardcore Nvidia fans or AMD fans but please just try
Also. I would like to play games like Rome 2 Total War and ArmA 3 on HIGH settings but I'm fine with settling for medium.
ArmA 2 should be on high for me. But that's not really so demanding. I can run it on low on an A6-3420m with integrated graphics.
According to some quick calculations, on average the 6870 is 18% better than the 6850, so I would go with the 6870 over the 6850. Honestly, for the extra $25 over the 6870, you should get the 6950. It won't require upgrading for longer than the others.
I think those GeForce's are a little weak for your purposes TBH.
Have you considered the GTX 560? It is similar to the 7850, which is better than the 6850 by a bit. Its only $179.99 on NewEgg for the 2GB model.