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Upgrade my 4850 or save the cash?

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January 27, 2011 8:53:39 PM

I've been using my Radeon 4850 512MB card for a couple years now, and although I'm not too unhappy with it, I have been considering upgrading to a newer DX11 card due to all the great games coming out this year. I think possibly it's a bottleneck with my current CPU, but I could be wrong. Here's my system specs:

Intel Q9550 (quad-core) @ 2.83GHZ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4 GB of Mushkin RAM (4 sticks in dual-channel) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 4850 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3LR Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Acer 23" LCD Monitor @ 1920x1080 native resolution
Antec PSU (430W I think, don't have a link for this)

I'll set my budget at a meager $300 max, since I plan on doing a new build sometime next year. Because of this, I'm wondering is it even worth upgrading anything? Would it help to get better memory as well as a new video card? Would I need a more powerful PSU as well?

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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 9:11:55 PM

I personally would go for a 6950 or a GTX560 but you will need to upgrade your PSU for the higher end cards.
I think your amount of RAM is fine but 2G extra wouldn't hurt.6G i the sweet spot.I presonally have 4G and i can manage.
You might see a lil bit of a bottleneck with your CPU.A slight O.C. should help it.Maybe around 3.3 or 3.5ghz should do nicely.
Since the GTX560 just came out on Tuesday i would suggest waiting another week to buy a card because i've been seeing the AMD card price's drop and i'm sure theyll drop even more to compete with the new GTX560.

What types of games are you playing?
Are you trying to play games at max settings or playable FPS?
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a c 124 U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 9:25:48 PM

Upgrading will definitely provide a nice upgrade for gaming. 6950 would be awesome, as currently most people who have tried, successfully BIOS flashed it into a full fledged 6970.

6870 is very good too and a bit cheaper.

560 of course is a great card that just came out.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 9:51:52 PM

I've read a couple reviews and the GTX560 performs the same as the 6950 but it's priced $50 cheaper.Prices have to drop for the 69xx series.
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 11:35:44 PM

The problem might be the PSU and if you have to get a new PSU, it would eat part of that 300$ budget. If you decide to do so, I think a HD 6870 would be a good choice.

IF you have some sort of idea on what you would like your next build to be, you could always get a PSU with that in mind and reuse it and rationalize it's not part of your 300$ budget :p  and get something closer to a HD6950 or HD6970 that could both be viable in your next build (as they are or XFire).
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 12:18:16 AM

I see 6950's going for as low as $264.
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