Hi - would appreciate your help in whether I should wait to buy a card for a new build or buy one of the following based on the discounts/credits in my newegg account.
FYI - these prices I am listing are specific to my account (so please do not wonder if these are specific coupons/etc.)
1. Existing build is :
Processor: i5-2500k Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 matx motherborad Memory: Corsair 8gb (2 X 4GB) ram Power Supply: Antec 750 Earthwatts Case: Antec Mini P180 Black. Graphics card: GeoForce 7900 GS (which say to least does not run games well)
This build is already running great.
2. I don't need SLI/Crossfire, will just utilize one card.
3. I don't necessarily have a tendency to overclock, this is the first time ive done with my cpu/motherboard combo.
4. I can get the XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 (dual fan) for $137 After Rebate (AR).
Civ V will perform notably better with the GTX460, however for most everything else, the HD6870 is stronger: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=313
Also, if you are interested in bitcoin mining, ATi cards blow nVidia out of the water.
Civ V will perform notably better with the GTX460, however for most everything else, the HD6870 is stronger
Your statement is true at reference speeds but the Hawk already has a good OC and can still go much higher while the HD6870 has relatively little overclocking potential. If he isn't going to OC further then it's a judgement call as to whether the HD6870 is worth the extra $30. I'd still say the Hawk is a better value for the money in that case as the HD6870 is about 5-10% faster while costing 28% more. If he is willing to OC further then it makes even less sense.
The HD6850 is on par with a reference GTX 460 but the cooling on the Hawk is the best around and it has a rather large factory OC and headroom to go significantly higher.
The HD6850 on the other hand does come with Dirt 3 and Shogun 2 which is nice. Even if you aren't interested in them you could likely ebay them for about $20 each so it's your call.