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March 18, 2011 4:47:15 AM

Hello,
Im looking to upgrade my 4850 video card to something fast enough to run wow maxed . im running a 1100t 750w ps 4 gig of ram and terrabytes of space. this is the only online game I play. im ATI partial
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March 18, 2011 4:53:45 AM

$200? For that, you should be looking at a 6870, $200 ($10 off instant code) and a $20 rebate besides (if you're lucky).
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March 18, 2011 4:58:39 AM

no I meant that is what I was just looking at its much lower than my budget really.
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March 18, 2011 5:02:07 AM

Fine69 said:
no I meant that is what I was just looking at its much lower than my budget really.


Then get a 6850 for $175 (plus a $10 Newegg gift card and $15 rebate). Even it far outstrips the 5770.

If you want to run WoW with full eye candy, you gotta be willing to pay a price; and with your 1100T processor, I would consider the 6870 the MINIMUM (frankly, I'd prefer a 6950 or 6970 to make it sing).
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March 18, 2011 5:05:24 AM

you need that much GPU for WOW? I thought WOW was CPU dependant not GPU so much.
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March 18, 2011 5:11:50 AM

Fine69 said:
you need that much GPU for WOW? I thought WOW was CPU dependant not GPU so much.


To an extent, it is CPU intensive, but in heavily-populated areas, having the graphics up will slow down any system with a less-than-capable graphics card. Mind that you don't NEED that much GPU power, but I am assuming (forgive me if I'm wrong) that you'd want a GPU that can keep up with the 1100T in all respects.

And again, I'm giving you advice based on the fact that you said "best graphics card" for WoW, and assuming you're playing other stuff occasionally. For your system, you're only limiting yourself by getting a weaker last-gen GPU like the 5770; that's not to say that it's bad for the price, but if you get that now you'll probably find yourself underwhelmed by the difference (or lack thereof) from the 4850. Now look at the difference between the 5770 and 6850. Unfortunately, I can't do a direct comparison, but the 6850 blows the 4850 away while the 5770 just kind of shoves it aside a bit. Of course, the 6870 then trumps the 6850 for a mere $30ish more (and a Crossfired 6870 configuration is one of the best values ATM, if you want to Crossfire down the road).
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March 18, 2011 5:18:56 AM

thats some great advice. I may just save some more and wait to get a 5870 or 6870. Its not that much more.
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March 18, 2011 5:30:10 AM

Fine69 said:
thats some great advice. I may just save some more and wait to get a 5870 or 6870. Its not that much more.


I can wholeheartedly support your desire for the 6870. It's got a fairly low profile (I managed to get two running in Crossfire with a 650W (albeit GOLD certified) PSU), and while it can't perform as well in raw performance as the 5870, it also handles DX11 better and the 6xxx series scales MUCH better in Crossfire (again, if this is something you decide to do down the road). Similarly, the 6850 is a rock-steady performer for its price, also low-power.
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March 18, 2011 3:58:44 PM

HD 5870
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March 18, 2011 7:07:24 PM

yeah the 5870 tests higher sometimes than the 6870 on guru
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March 19, 2011 7:27:45 PM

well i went for hd6870 im running pro XP for now I was told 10.12 were the most stable. I had so many driver crashes on another build I went with 10.12 and have had no problems.
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2011 8:44:21 PM

^^why have a 6870 with no dx11? you might as well have bought a used gtx 260 if you were going to be limited by win xp
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March 19, 2011 8:45:40 PM

but to the OP, I have 6870 crossfire, and its great, but for not much more money you can get a 6950, which would be even better, either way I'd shoot for at least a 6870 and possibly a second down the road if your psu and motherboard can accommodate it
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March 19, 2011 9:47:50 PM

I will have win 7 installed on it soon just not right now. 6950 is out of my price range and since they are new still expensive. once the next line of cards comes out then I'll upgrade again. so which drivers are best?
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March 19, 2011 10:37:40 PM

I would say overall nvidia drivers arre best, although Ive had very little problems with amd drivers in my crossfire 6870 rig, in the end both sides have problems so get whatever the better value is in your mind, in the end a 6870 or 6850 would probably be a good choice for your needs
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March 20, 2011 1:46:45 AM

ok let me see if I can clarify what IM asking. I am asking which Catalyst drivers are the most stable for this video card on WinXP. I dont care about Nvidia.
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a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2011 2:16:50 PM

no clue upgrade to win 7
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March 25, 2011 1:21:31 AM

well its here xfx 6870 black edition. Im going to change out this hard drive to a new 1.5T WD and load a fresh copy of win 7 on it then reload my apps. That way the Xp drive will work fine with the WU cruncher in the back room.
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a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 1:40:06 AM

thats a great idea have fun with you card
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March 25, 2011 2:48:14 AM

wow sweet i somehow couldnt find this
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March 25, 2011 2:51:42 AM

Fine69 said:
wow sweet i somehow couldnt find this

It's a nice guide and compares CPU's and GPU's, all sorts of different settings, etc.
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March 29, 2011 9:23:46 PM

I use a GTX 460 and it runs Wow on Max settings.
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March 29, 2011 9:33:10 PM

I went with a hd6870 xfx card its over c'd by 50hz. cant mess with memory or oc or it destabilizes. processors are sitting at 4.1ghz steady with voltage and one bump of multiplier. it will run WOW at 60fps maxed all day long but ultra is just too much on the eyes so i have found a tweaked high setting that works best.
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March 30, 2011 1:24:55 AM

Best answer selected by fine69.
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