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January 15, 2011 5:44:56 AM

I know I have asked this before, I actually have the money to upgrade now. My system is

e8400@3.5ghz
Gigabyte ep45-ud3p
Radeon 4850 512mb
ocz game xstream 700watt psu
4gb pc2 6400
My budget is between 180-250 on the high end. What would be the best card for me, I play everything from sc2 to fallout wow you name it. I was considering the 5850 but I wanted to ask you guys.

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January 15, 2011 7:55:35 AM

GTX 460 is a good choice and will give you a good boost in performance.
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January 15, 2011 8:15:52 AM

At the lower end of your budget -

GTX 460 or 6850 (both very similar in performance)

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

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

At the higher end of your budget 6870 (gtx 470 rivals it for speed, but the 6870 is cooler, less power hungry and scales better in multi card situations)

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


As Maziar said, any cards at this level will be a nice upgrade and will max out fallout/sc2/wow etc
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January 15, 2011 8:17:30 AM

Oh and if you wanted to be tempted - 269$ after rebate :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 15, 2011 9:21:27 AM

Nerdbox87 said:
Oh and if you wanted to be tempted - 269$ after rebate :) 

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

I really tempted do you think I could unlock it into a 6970? Also will the performance boost be worth the extra investment. Btw my native resolution is 1680x1050 on a 20 inch Asus
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January 15, 2011 1:36:37 PM

With that system I would go with a GTX460 (1gb, not 768mb)

A lot of games these days use more than 2 cores so going with a higher end video card I think would just be limited by your cpu.
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January 15, 2011 8:44:20 PM

Yeah at that resolution the only games that would really benefit over the GTX460/6850 would be Crysis/Metro2033.

Since your board is crossfire compatible only (no SLI) i'd be grabbing a nice cheap 6850 like the one I linked, leaves the option for a cheap second one down the track to bring performance up when the future demands it at your resolution, or if you grab a higher res screen.

Also saves you money to put aside towards your next upgrade (CPU/RAM/MOBO), or possibly a dirt cheap second hand q9550 or similar to tide you over for awhile if you can find one.
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January 15, 2011 8:47:48 PM

Also it's a reference model so fairly sure it could be unlocked to a 6970 if you're feeling a little adventurous.

Pretty hot performance at that price.
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January 16, 2011 12:03:35 AM

Nerdbox87 said:
Also it's a reference model so fairly sure it could be unlocked to a 6970 if you're feeling a little adventurous.

Pretty hot performance at that price.

Yea I am really excited I think im going to go with the 6950. I am going to be upgrading my cpu motherboard somtime soon, That being said I could push this baby to almost 4ghz I honestly dont think its going to be that limiting of a factor.
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January 16, 2011 12:20:44 AM

Good choice - Crysis 2 soon anyway and a 6950 should smash it at your resolution (where the 6850 most likely won't) so you'll have that to look forward too.

I'd take that e8400 to 3.8ghz when you get the 6950, as 4.0 generally requires a good chunk more voltage and heat for little return, and ride it out till the next lot of AMD cpus/motherboards before you do that upgrade.

Make sure you remember to claim the rebate as people getting lazy/forgetful is how they make their money out of those deals.

Goodluck with the unlock / purchase.
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January 16, 2011 12:26:32 AM

I know this card wasnt mentioned but the 5850 has some pretty tempting prices aswell right now.
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January 16, 2011 12:33:25 AM

Meh @ $190 for cheapest - more expensive than the 6850 ($165) for slightly better single card performance, and worse performance in crossfire. (though 10.12 may have helped this abit). 6850 is also a better overclocker.

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January 16, 2011 1:14:43 AM

for sc2 currently gtx 460 1gb perform better than a hd 5850.... but if you can hold off for two more weeks you should see gtx 560 appear in the store across u.s. gtx 560 is the refreshing of gtx 460 with the extra 1 SM enabled... 384 cuda cores compared to 336 supposedly... an estimated between 20 to 30 percent faster than gtx 460...
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January 16, 2011 11:21:13 PM

phenom90 said:
for sc2 currently gtx 460 1gb perform better than a hd 5850.... but if you can hold off for two more weeks you should see gtx 560 appear in the store across u.s. gtx 560 is the refreshing of gtx 460 with the extra 1 SM enabled... 384 cuda cores compared to 336 supposedly... an estimated between 20 to 30 percent faster than gtx 460...
is the 6950 a dual gpu card?
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January 17, 2011 9:05:24 AM

nope... hd 6950 is a slightly cut down version of hd 6970 with lower clock speed and disabled stream processors....
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January 27, 2011 10:55:24 AM

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January 27, 2011 4:25:22 PM

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