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Upgrading 8800GT, $200 budget

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January 3, 2011 2:46:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: Max $200
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming for Civ 5, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, MMO’s, Starcraft
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800GT GPU and Rosewill 630W PS
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel i5 760 proc, Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but best price/performance is the main factor
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Best performance will determine
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to get the best card that can perform at high settings at the 1920x 1080 resolution for $200 if possible

I looked at the December 2010 guide and I was looking at the two listed.

Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GeForce GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 3:06:54 PM

Is more of a personal preference thing, performance wise they're almost the same, some games the 6850 performs better while in other the 460 leads, power consumption and temperature wise they're both power efficient cool cards. The 6850 is a little bit cheaper right now though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you get the 460 make sure it's the 1gb model, the 768mb performs somewhat lower specially at high resolutions.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 3:08:53 PM

If you're looking for the absolute best performance than this is your card.

The card draws slightly more power than the 6850 or GTX460, but the performance is also higher.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 3:10:53 PM

Scratch that, grab this. $60 promotional code, with rebate, brings this card to $199. It's the best you'll ever find for the price.
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 3:14:24 PM

Now that's a sick deal, too bad tesselation sucks on that card.

But it will perform alot better than both gtx460 and 6850 in games that don't use tesselation.
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January 3, 2011 4:28:23 PM

thank you for the replies and suggestions!
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January 3, 2011 4:54:50 PM

quick question about tesselation. How big of a factor is that in games like Civ 5, MMO's, etc?
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a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 5:37:26 PM

It only appliesd to DX11 games that use tesselation, and only with it enabled.

Currentle there are very few games that use it to an extent where the 5000 cards really falls down considerably, HAWX 2 and lost planet 2 being examples of it, along with some synthetic benchmarks like uninigne heaven or stone giant, but not much more.

CIV nor WoW or any of the most popular MMOs even make use of tesselation, though WoW does favor nvidia cards quite a bit, but that's even on DX9.
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January 3, 2011 5:53:01 PM

ok thanks, I think I will go with that card then!
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January 13, 2011 1:18:52 AM

Best answer selected by nino2469.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 13, 2011 5:12:33 AM

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