Looking for upgrade help

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card from an nVidia Geforce gts 250 to a Radeon card; I'm working on a mid-range budget (150-250). I was wondering if the Radeon HD 6850 or 6870 would be a substantial upgrade? I've read that the 5800's and 5900's equivalents are better, but they are outside of my preferred price range.
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  1. 6850 is a good choice, and if your experienced enough, you can unlock it up to a 6870 equivelant.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/radeon-hd-bios-hack-6950,11852.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159

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  2. ^you got confused, it's the 6950 that will unlock to 6970

    But i would also reccomend the 6850/6870 they are great cards for the money.And you should see a double in performance they are also the equivlent of the 5850.

    Review:Don't actually have a 250 compared to the 5850 but the 5750 is practially the same so look from there.Also the 6850/6870 are equivlent to the 5850/5830

    http://www.guruht.com/2010/09/geforce-gts-450-vs-hd-5750-vs-gts-250.html
  3. Thank you for the responses :)

    So, simple clarification; with a 6870 I would see a significant increase in performance?

    Also, are there any quick tips that would give me an idea of what to look for when searching for upgrades?

    p.s.s.s. This will probably tag me as pretty tech savvy (irony is fun :kaola: ).
    Will there be any problems running an AMD produced card in a system with an Intel CPU?

    CPU+Mobo+OS
    Intel Core2 Quad 2.63GHZ Q9400
    Asus P5N-D
    Windows 7 32bit (I know I can do 64bit :P just haven't gotten around to it yet)
  4. Locust_Star said:


    So, simple clarification; with a 6870 I would see a significant increase in performance?


    Yes you should see a reasonable increase in performance. Take a look at the THG Hierarchy Chart that shows a 3 step increase in performance. Note that THG does not recommend upgrading unless you get at least a 3 step increase.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-recommendation-upgrade,2803-7.html

    You can also look at this review of the 6870 and compare its performance vs. the GTS 450 which is approximately comparable to the GTS 250.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-6850-renewing-competition-in-the-midrange-market/13

    Here is the THG review of the card, it just did not compare benchmarks close to the GTS 250 but has helpful information:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,2776-14.html

    Locust_Star said:
    Also, are there any quick tips that would give me an idea of what to look for when searching for upgrades?


    You can find a lot of quick tips and general information about upgrading video cards at this site:

    http://www.upgradevideocards.com/index.html

    Locust_Star said:
    Will there be any problems running an AMD produced card in a system with an Intel CPU?



    No
  5. Thanks a ton for the feedback :)
  6. purple stank said:
    ^you got confused, it's the 6950 that will unlock to 6970


    woops lol
  7. Yes the 6870 will more than double the performance your getting with the gts250.

    One key factor in selecting a graphics card is what resoultion your monitor is,if it is 1080p you will want 1G or more.
  8. Since you already have a 250 why don't you SLI since oyur mobo is is sli compatable(has 2x pci-expressx16 slots)
  9. go for gtx 460 bump,its way better than 6850,this is what you want
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121389
  10. if 6950 that will unlock to 6970 then why bother buying the 6970 then? waste of money isn't it. Like if GTX 460 can go to 470 level, and 470 can go to 480 then why waste money buying 470 or 480?

    also couldn't you just get cheaper cards and sli/crossfire them? ends up being cheaper and better dont it?
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