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Solid 4870 Upgrade?

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July 11, 2011 5:24:51 PM

Hello,

I'm running a 4870 in my i5-750 rig that has recently been locking up on dual monitors usually running netflix and WoW, one in 1050 the other in 1080. As the card is a good 2 years old, I'm ready to get an upgrade but am under a ~$150 budget constraint. I haven't been following graphics releases closely, so I don't know what of the field is a solid upgrade that will alleviate my lock up issues. Any advice?

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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 7:58:00 PM

For 150 bucks the only cards you might find that would be a good upgrade would be the HD 6850 or the GTX 460 1GB. They perform about the same with a few different brand specific features. 3 monitor support for the ATI card, Physx and 3d vision for the Nvida card mainly. This one is super cheap right now after MIR:

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

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July 11, 2011 8:43:33 PM

The 6850 is exactly what I was looking at. My inner excess wants to do things in eyefinity and I can get one for about $150. I'm usually an ATI guy, but I'm also considering a switch to nVidea if it even makes a difference. I've had some problems with catalyst in the past.
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 8:43:36 PM

^ yeah really not much of an upgrade from a 4870 imo, I'd stretch your budget/ save up another paycheck and at least get a 6950 1 gig, however the 6850 will likely more than suffice if all you are doing is WOW and netflix, and the 6850 will def an see increase in performance.
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 8:47:24 PM

If you prefer nvidia maybe shoot for a gtx 560, but you will again have to stretch your budget and at that price point I'd almost go for a gtx 560ti. I believe the gtx 550s are in your price bracket but that would be even less of an upgrade over a 6850.
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