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January 2, 2011 11:27:59 PM

Let's say you have about $250 bucks and you want a good graphics card.... What do you get?

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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2011 11:31:14 PM

i would save up 50 more bucks and get a 6950 and then flash it to a 6970.
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January 2, 2011 11:40:46 PM

Derbixrace said:
i would save up 50 more bucks and get a 6950 and then flash it to a 6970.

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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 12:44:12 AM

Not knowing your system, it's hard to say. The resolution you play at can also make a big difference on what is best for you.
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January 3, 2011 1:04:20 AM

Please post your system details (CPU+Mobo+RAM+PSU+Monitor).

You won't be needing anything remotely as expensive if you're not on 1080p at least.
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January 3, 2011 4:00:43 AM

CPU - Athlon II X4 3.0 (3.4 O.C.)

Mobo - ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO

Ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333

PSU - Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W

Monitor - Acer G205HV 1600x900 max
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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 4:03:52 AM

At that resolution, I'd recommend one of the following: gtx460, HD6870 or HD6850.

The 6950 may be more than you need at that resolution, unless you find you must have exceptional FPS at all times in games like Metro 2033/Crysis with everything maxed out. You should have plenty with the other 3 I mentioned.
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 10:41:39 AM

Even a 5770 will be enough for your resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 1:50:22 PM

well at that resolution a 6870 would be enough for 99% of games i think.

if you wanna max out everything like crysis and metro 2033 with full AA and AF then you should get the 6950 and flash it to a 6970.

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January 3, 2011 3:39:32 PM

if i would be you i would get gtx 460 1gb ftw,its better than 6870 and 6850s.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 4:30:40 PM

Well i am the type that likes to play FPS and all games at 60+FPS with maxed out settings and i was somewhat dissapointed when i bought my 6870 and it couldn't max out BFBC2 and give me 60+FPS.

If i was you and you were me i would get a 6950.It is futureproof and for $50 more you can't really beat that compared to the 6870.Also whenever or if you do plan on getting a 1080p monitor the extra 2G the 6950 has will help you out and futthermore an eyefinity setup.

Here is a review on the 6950 and some power consumption charts you might want to take a look at.I'm guess the chat is display the Total Power Consumption meaning everything together is a lil less than 500watts so you would still be ok with your current PSU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 4:49:03 PM

What resolution do you play at purple stank?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 5:47:31 PM

1600x900 so i was even more disapointed that i couldn't get 60+FPS
Have a Phenom ii x4 @3.8ghz and 4gdrr3 so the 6870 is being pushed to it's limits but still can't get the performance i hope for.With that said i really think you should get the 6950 but that just my opinoin.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 5:54:07 PM

Ya, that kind of comfirms what I was saying. A 6870/460 for those who just want 30 or 40+ FPS, 6950 for those who want 60+.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 5:56:23 PM

Yah you could get 40's easily with everything maxed out with the 6870.
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January 3, 2011 8:17:41 PM

Tweaktown reporting release date of 1/25 and PP of around 250 is being talked about. Also, some speculation of 15% - 20% gain over 460 perfromance.
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 9:12:19 PM

bigtrev85 said:
CPU - Athlon II X4 3.0 (3.4 O.C.)

Mobo - ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO

Ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333

PSU - Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W

Monitor - Acer G205HV 1600x900 max


Based on your system specs (and predominantly your resolution of 1600x900) I'd go with an ATI 5770 (or ATI 5850 just cause they are about the same price right now). For nVidia's side of things a GTX 460 (even 768MB) would be plenty of power. Anything more than the ATI 5770 (even the GTX 460 or ATI 5850) is more than you need for most games.

Now, if as others have brought up, you want to max out Crysis or Metro 2033 (which are absolute beasts) then you could consider something more impressive (GTX 470, ATI 6870, etc). But that's just two games that don't perform well, but look nice.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 10:05:28 PM

I would say to get the 6870 out of those.The good ones go for right around $250 and the performance is great.And if you ever intend to crossfire they are really good for it.
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January 4, 2011 7:47:42 AM

GTX 460 FTW edition.
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