I am considering upgrading my graphics card for Rift. What I'm wondering is which card will give the best boost.
I currently have a Radeon HD 4850, Phenom II x4 840 3.2Ghz, 4GB DDR2 1066 RAM, Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H 785G motherboard, and a Corsair 650w PSU.
I considered getting another 4850 and running crossfire, but I would prefer to go with an beefier single card upgrade.
I saved some money getting my CPU so my budget is $300 but I don't want to throw away money for a minor performance bump when comparing a $200 card to a $300 card.
I'm thinking a Radeon HD 6850, 6870, or 6950 but am not sure which would give me the best performance. I have read the 6950 can be unlocked to a 6970 as well and really like that idea. I don't know much about the nVidia options but am not committed to ATI by any means.
Check my specs, My machine runs Rift at high-ultra high settings and I average about 65 FPS... I will add another 560 Ti soon for SLI...
I don't have the sandy bridge power of your machine, but I did look into the 560 GTX TI. Both the 560 and the Radeon HD 6950 seem to be about equal, besting each other only by a small amount in certain games that seem to favor one card over the other. In the end I decided the 6950 2gb would be better for me since I've got a large monitor and it can be flashed to the 9670 which bests the 560 pretty much across the board. Plus I'm more familiar with the ATI/AMD line of products.