6870 vs 6850

i'm upgrading my PC from a 3400 radeo to a 6850 or 6870. just wondering wich one of these cards is the best money:performace ratio

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007708%20600083901&IsNodeId=1&page=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=48%7C14-102-909%5E14-102-909-TS%2C14-102-913%5E14-102-913-TS%2C14-102-908%5E14-102-908-TS

i also need to upgrade from my 300watt PSU to a 500-550 watt. also need help chosing one of those.
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  1. I would say 6850 cause you can overclock it more.
  2. The 6850 is the better bang for the buck.
    For a powersupply, I would go for
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199
  3. for a power supply that's cheaper in price.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817233010


    for a video card i personally have a 6950 but i do believe that the 6970 will in the end be a better value due to the following:

    6970 has a fully enabled processor vs the 6950. I know you can flash the 6950 to a 6970 bios but their is a reason they placed the 8 pin power attachment on the 6970.

    the drivers will get very good in the next 6 weeks, going from 10.10 to 10.12 gave a 4% increase in fps.
  4. macer1 said:
    6970 has a fully enabled processor vs the 6950. I know you can flash the 6950 to a 6970 bios but their is a reason they placed the 8 pin power attachment on the 6970.

    His talking about 68xx, not 69xx series.

    Me, personally - 6870, not just coz i have one, but also for the extra shaders :) And its just sooo cheap right now.
  5. The 6850 can easily overclock to 6870 performance. If you don't overclock, the 6870 is still a good card. The 6850 would be the better bang for the buck.
  6. Lian said:
    His talking about 68xx, not 69xx series.

    Me, personally - 6870, not just coz i have one, but also for the extra shaders :) And its just sooo cheap right now.

    i agree with that and if you can find one for $200 that seems to be the best price right now
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