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Graphics Card upgrade for Rift.

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March 10, 2011 7:18:32 PM

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.

This is what I'm leaning toward at the moment, but wanted to get some input before making any purchases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyone know which of these would give the best performance? I'm looking to pull at least 30ish FPS at or close to Ultra settings. Thanks!
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:45:19 AM

What resolution do you play at ?
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 1:45:35 PM

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...
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March 11, 2011 3:39:49 PM

Maziar said:
What resolution do you play at ?


I'm playing at 1920x1080 right now, I've got a 27 inch monitor and would like to stay at this resolution.
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March 11, 2011 3:51:53 PM

jonpaul37 said:
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.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 6:29:48 PM

6950 is a great choice and will give you a huge boost over your 4850
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March 12, 2011 1:13:36 PM

خيلي متشكرم
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March 12, 2011 1:13:48 PM

Best answer selected by noollig.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
March 12, 2011 1:43:14 PM

No prob :) 
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