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February 5, 2011 12:16:07 AM

My 4870 still hums along OK...Have a few bucks to spend on an upgrade. ...up to 230$
Any recommendations on a video card? Looking at 6850/70
I play HL2 Deathmatch but would like to try some newer games at 1680 x 1050...specs in Sig. Thanks!
R/ Brutus

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a c 1401 U Graphics card
February 5, 2011 12:40:35 AM

The HD6870 would be a noteworthy upgrade. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6870_P...
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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2011 1:49:41 AM

^+1 agreed I have the XFX reference 6870 and I upgraded from a 4870 and am quite happy I decided to get this, well worth the upgrade, imo and soon I hope to crossfire it, can't wait I was able to reach 980 core and 1150 memory before having to increase voltage, oh well still powerful out of the box

it performs very well at 16X10 and I Can play all of my games at 1920X1200 all high and 4xaa with no problems, except crysis of course...
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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2011 4:49:23 AM

^^^^not worth the money considering you can get a 6870 for about 10-20 more, and you can find some 5850s for around 180 before rebate, so I don't think thats a good deal much better off with the 6870 imo
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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2011 5:20:12 AM

now that is actually a pretty good deal if the op is willing to wait for the rebate, a 5870 for around 200 is not bad at all, but if not I would say the 6870 is also a valid choice, but the 5870 will be a tad better if you only plan on having one card, get the 5870, if you plan on cross-firing, then go for the 6 series, either way you can't really go wrong
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February 5, 2011 6:02:22 AM

I suggest a sapphire 5870 1gb, I came from a sapphire 4870 512mb, just like you, and the difference was amazing. And I'm playing on a 1980 x 1200.
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February 6, 2011 1:32:24 AM

Thanks everyone! I was working a bit today, appreciate the feedback. I will go back and research the 5870 as I was looking at only one card. Looks like for me its between the 5870 and the 6870. I will keep you all posted...Thx again!

R/ Brutus
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
February 6, 2011 12:41:15 PM

The HD5870 is between 5-10% faster than the HD6870 at different resolution.
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February 16, 2011 12:57:19 AM

Best answer selected by Brutus40.
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February 16, 2011 12:58:17 AM

Went with the Sapphire 6870 and liking it so far! Thanks again everyone!

V/r, Brutus
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a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2011 1:24:19 AM

yeah 560 is way better a deal and I own a 6870, lol
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