faster than a specific overclock version or faster than a refrence card?
one that will overclock to do better performance?
in what capacity is the card intended, phooshop/cad or gaming?
also for best advised put your whole system specs for advised on any bottlenecks if you are lookign to purchase one. no sense in putting a 6850 on a machine with a single core processor and 1 gig of ram
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the graphics card is inteded for hardcore gaming but i can't spend that much money so i'm trying to keep it in the same price range from 180-220.I figured within that price range the best card would be a 6850 as it out performs the 5830 and it's newer.
really the gtx460 1 gig and the hd6850 are pretty close, even the tom's hiarchy puts em as a tie. if you have a bersonal brand prefrence here i'd go with that otherwise what games are you planning to play? some times one will overshadow the other on a couple titles. also the 460 1 gig gives you physx but if no game you play uses it then thats a non-factor
the GTX 460 1GB card is priced similar to the 6850. They also have similar performance depending on what games you are looking at. I believe the 6850 bests the 460 by a little bit in most areas, but nothing an overclock can't fix. It's preference.
However, I have seen some CRAZY deals on GTX470's lately. There was an ASUS GTX470 on Newegg yesterday for $210 after instant rebate and $20 mail in rebate with free shipping. Actually they have an MSI GTX470 that is free shipping and $225 after rebate. For $25 more you can have a much better card than either 460 or 6850. Just make sure your PSU can handle it. It also comes with a free Mafia 2 video game.
Also wanted to know how the 6850 would perform with a 3 monitor set up.Battlefield BC2, COD Black Ops,GTA IV,Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising,Crysis,And for future gameplay with Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3.I understand that some of those games won't be able to run at maxed out settings with 3 monitors but i would still liek to see how it would perform.
Depends on resolution. I anticipate not very well. Maybe COD games since they are not very demanding. You will have to turn down BC2 significantly for 3 displays. If you are looking for 3 displays for gaming, I would look at a much higher end card, like a 69xx series that will come out later in December.
They would be 20", and this is hypathetical for future use.I don't have that kind of money right now.But i watched a video on youtube where a guy had 3 40" 1080p TV's and was running a single 6870 and all the games he was playing were running flawlessly.They weren't anything like crysis,but the 6870 isn't a whole lot faster.
He had the details and settings turned down then. It is preference but I would invest in a better card over 3 displays unless you have them for work or something. I can see it in racing and flight games but FPS who really looks to the side?
in an rts really the gpu doesn't get taxed as much as the cpu. a 3 monitor setup in an rts would be cool to see eveything that was going on across more area.
honestly i'd go with whichever card i could find on sale this weeked. the rest of your system is spot on for anything out right now. if you plan to go 3 monitors i would consider the 6850 over the 460. btu for good resolution and to keep settings high sli or crossfire would be needed. the mobo you have unfortunatly doesn't support this and your psu couldn't either. perhaps go 6850 for now then work on monitors. with eyefinity you should get decent results albeit at medium effects in games. then mobo/psu before the ultimate goal of xfiring it
Not sure about 3 displays but RTS do look cool at big displays like TV's. Since you can zoom out pretty well on some games it makes things appear a little larger. large high res displays are great for RTS's, like 30" 2560x1600 displays. 3 displays would only give you a wider horizontal view not vertical. Besides you have to deal with the bezel too. Either you see everything and there is an offset gap, or your do bezel correction which hides things behind the bezel, which in some games can be a disadvantage like in an RTS. I would hate to miss an enemy unit hiding behind my bezel.
3 displays would be a cool experience just to see things out the corner of your eye, but my thought is it isn't worth it unless you already are going high end and just want more bells and whistles. A nice 24" wide screen gives most gamers a large enough perspective. You really don't want to move your head to much in an FPS or you miss something and end up toast.