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March 3, 2011 10:26:07 AM


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I'm looking to upgrade my video card from the diamond 3870 512mb ----
Looking for something in the 150-200 price range.
I wont be doing sli/crossfire
Low Noise pls

I was eyeballing a 6870 179 @ 20 $ rebate
460GTX @ 160
6850 @ 160

I mainly play video games. Starcraft 2 / Crysis 2 when it comes out.
Resolution on my moniter only exceeds 1280x1024

What are your suggestions?

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March 3, 2011 5:16:55 PM

What CPU do you have?

You should start by looking at the THG recommended cards (although maybe you already have since all three of your alternative cards are on the list):

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-...

Note that it has handy links to reviews of some of the cards. Any of the cards you listed should provide excellent gaming at 1280x1024. When you say your monitor only exceeds that resolution, does that mean you play at higher resolutions and if so what?

Upgradevideocards.com is a good general reference for upgrading. It has information about reviewing personal and system requirements, links and information about video card reviews and installation, and also some guides on using other sources including those at THG.

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/index.html

I prefer nVidia cards right now because they are way ahead of ATI/AMD on Phsyx for gaming and using the video card to assist the CPU on parallel processing functions, both of which I think will be adopted by more applications because of the substantial peformance benefit. So from your list I would go with the GTX 460. In particular, I would go with the EVGA video card at $160 after rebate:

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

Unless you want to use three monitors on one card, then the HD 6870 would be the better card.
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