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October 22, 2010 12:47:19 PM

Hello,

I've run into some kind of PC crisis. Since my graphics card has crapped out and my motherboard doesn't have onboard video, I am without a computer. I am currently looking for a new graphics card to stick in my PC.

I'd like to stay under $300 but continue to be able to run a simple game like World of Warcraft at 60fps and be able to play games like The Witcher, Starcraft 2 and other new games at max settings with ease.

The only thing I am unwilling to do is buy from PNY. Since I started having problems with their graphics card, I have been unable to get solid answers from their tech support via the phone or email. On top of that, they seem completely unwilling to honor their warranty which has apparently ran out (despite me talking to them for the past three months and them refusing to just give in and accept the graphics card back).

All in all, I've given up trying with them and will take the hit and buy a new one from someone else. I just need suggestions. Below is a list of hardware in my computer, case included:

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PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX Power Supply

CASE: COOLERMASTER 690

XIGAMATEK DARK KNIGHT-S12 83V
Arcti COOLING MX-2 THERM COMP

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 TRIP CHANNEL

HDD: WESTERN DIGITAL WD640AALS

DISK DRIVE:LG 22x DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

CRAPPED-OUT GRAPHICS CARD: PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-EX85-UD3R

CPU: INTEL CORE i7 920

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October 22, 2010 2:07:52 PM

Yes it is. I just listed the cheapest with good warranty.
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October 22, 2010 3:28:59 PM

I might try the HD6870. I don't know if the problem I had with the GTX 275 was because it was just running too hot and it crapped out or what. It almost turns me off to the brand.

This is a tough decision, if I do say so myself.
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October 22, 2010 3:30:08 PM

Also, all of these are listed as having a lifetime manufacturer warranty.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 3:42:34 PM

For a lifetime warranty you'll want EVGA for an Nvidia card or XFX for an ATI/AMD card. Honestly though that is basically a marketing gimmick IMO. A 3 year warranty like on the Gigabyte card I linked should easily cover the useful lifespan of a video card. For example 3 years ago you would have been likely to buy an 8800GT on the high end and if you had and the warranty was running out today I really doubt you would be kicking yourself wishing you had gotten a card with a lifetime warranty.
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October 22, 2010 4:04:47 PM

Oh, the warranty isn't a big deal. I was just pointing it out because it was mentioned up above.

I like nVidia, but I hated that my card pooped out on me, so I might go with the 470.

That said, how much of an improvement will the 470 be over my 275?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 4:18:55 PM

At stock speeds both the GTX 470 is roughly 30-35% faster than the GTX 275. Same applies for the HD6870. I would favor the HD6870 myself because of the large power efficiency/heat difference, especially if you see yourself possibly adding a second card as an upgrade in the future.
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October 22, 2010 5:12:53 PM

Id go with the 6870 cheaper than 470 almost just as powerful but uses way less power and runs way cooler and good deal. O yah and the reviews might show its not strong but the drivers are still in beta so once more drivers come out and they get more stable im pretty sure performance will go up.
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October 22, 2010 5:15:04 PM

If the $20-$40 were not an issue for either of you, would you still take the HD6870 over the GTX 470? Assume that you will not be adding a second card.

Heat difference might make a difference to me, as that could be the reason why the 275 died. I just don't know.

And I apologize for the questions. This is still an investment, even at $260.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 5:33:50 PM

If both cards were free I would take the HD6870.
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October 22, 2010 5:41:30 PM

Agree 100% with jvjjy.
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October 22, 2010 5:50:16 PM

In my opinion, the cooler the card runs, the less hassle there is with warranty, etc. I found the HIS iCooler cards running cooler than most other brands. HD 5850 is at 250 dollars mark and it is worth the investment. I know for sure that HD 5850 outperforms HD 6850. I am not sure what this HD 6870 GPU is!
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a c 1410 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 5:51:21 PM

pinaklonkar said:
In my opinion, the cooler the card runs, the less hassle there is with warranty, etc. I found the HIS iCooler cards running cooler than most other brands. HD 5850 is at 250 dollars mark and it is worth the investment. I know for sure that HD 5850 outperforms HD 6850. I am not sure what this HD 6870 GPU is!

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 22, 2010 5:56:55 PM

pinaklonkar said:
HD 5850 is at 250 dollars mark and it is worth the investment. I know for sure that HD 5850 outperforms HD 6850. I am not sure what this HD 6870 GPU is!
The HD5850 does outperform the HD6850 but not by much and it is much more expensive. The HD6870 beats the HD5850 in both price and performance.
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October 22, 2010 6:16:37 PM

That is just amazing, yeah I was wondering about that new 6870 I saw. Sigh, I should have waited for two months for this card to launch. :)  I was and still am of the opinion that HD 5850 is an overpriced card.

For almost 40 dollars less we can now have a performance mark of 5870. Not sure if 6870 is some kind of mini-5870. But performance is impressive in the benchmarks.

Thanks for the info.
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October 22, 2010 6:54:39 PM

I think I will go ahead and make that leap away from nVidia. If the performance difference between the two cards in question is only 1% plus I get a cooler card, then I can't complain too much. And as much as I'd like to think I can spend whatever I want, I should really try and be a penny pincher. So I will give this a go and see how it works!
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October 22, 2010 7:38:07 PM

Is there a specific manufacturer I should by from?
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October 22, 2010 8:17:57 PM

Also, seeing as how newegg is out, any other websites or stores I can go to to pick this up?
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October 23, 2010 8:07:14 AM

Id go with XFX in my opinion they make some of the best cards they never disappoint.
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