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5870/6870/6970?

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November 7, 2010 7:49:51 PM

Okay guys (and gals) I need some help. I'm in the market to build my own computer and my budget is about $1800. I've put together a pretty nice package IMO (Intel core i7 860, Fuzion mobo, etc) but the one thing that I'm pretty clueless about is the graphics card.

I'm going to be playing games like COD Black Ops and both Left 4 Dead games. Should I get the powerful 5870 ($340), the cheaper yet still powerful 6870 ($250) or wait for the monster 6970? Will it matter what card I get because all the cards can max out the game, but will the 6970 (when it comes out) be smoother than the 5870? I'm just a little bit confused and I'd like some help.

Thanks!!

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November 7, 2010 7:56:41 PM

There is no way ever that a 5870 is worth $90 more than a 6870, the performance just isnt that much better. We dont really have a clue what to expect from the next card from AMD so you can either wait or not, the decision is do you want to build now or can you wait about 3 weeks ?
As its so close to launch i would say as long as your budget allows the posibility then there is no harm in waiting.

Mactronix :) 
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November 7, 2010 8:03:34 PM

I'm going to be waiting a while actually. Right after Christmas is when I'll buy. (That's when things will be even cheaper right? :p ) and hmm..okay.. Would a really powerful card (6970) play those games a lot better than the 6870? I've seen plenty of reviews that say the 6870 maxes those games out.

Sorry for the noob questions guys :/ 

Thanks for the reply btw!
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November 8, 2010 3:33:28 AM

Its definatly worth getting the more powerfull card if you can afford it. It wont play games a 6870 can max out any better but it will mean you wont want for any power should a game you want to play be a real system killer. Black ops isnt out yet is it ? so how do you know what it will need ?

Mactronix :) 
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November 8, 2010 3:49:50 AM

The 6950 should be fine.
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November 8, 2010 6:27:37 AM

Depends on your resolution ofcourse. At 1900x1080, the 6870 is more than enough. anything lower and the GTX 460/HD6850, or even the 5770 will max games. At higher resolutions like 2500x1600 or multiple monitor setups you'll be needing something like a 5970 to even attempt maxing games.

the 1900x1080/1200 resolution has no need for dual card setups. I would just get the 6870 if I were you. Great value, and lets you spend your budget elsewhere like on a CPU cooler to get a nice overclock on that i7 :) 
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November 8, 2010 6:30:11 AM

I think its worth waiting for the 6970 and if its within your budget then I would get. Theres going to be a few power hungry games coming out after xmas (Crysis 2) and its definitely worth investing in a 6970.
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November 8, 2010 7:00:13 AM

The HD 6870 is a little slower than the GTX 470 which is slower than the HD 5870 which is slower than the GTX 480.

The 6970 will be faster than the GTX 480 and probably expensive so the HD 6950 will be just fine IMO and futureproof for 1920x1080.
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November 17, 2010 10:56:54 PM

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November 18, 2010 7:28:41 AM

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