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Sapphire HD 6870 Vapour-X 1GB Graphics Card to run COD: WAW and more

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August 15, 2011 10:36:07 PM

Hi everyone!

My name is Damien and i am new to this and computers. I have recently built my own computer and i am learning as i go along lol.

I have an intergrated HD Radeon 4290 GPU. I installed COD: WAW as my friend let me borrow it to try but when the game starts in solo mode the voices are out of sink with the characters mouths. Also the game itself skips along and doesn't run smoothly. Like glitching and this not online.

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/ say that everything in my computer is good to run the game!

I am interested in the Sapphire HD6870 Vapour-X graphics card. But as i this is all new to me i don't know if i am looking at a good card.

Can anyone tell me if this graphics card will run the game and even more modern games ok or even recommend a good strong graphics card???

P.S. I am running Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

Thanks everyone :) !


August 15, 2011 10:47:27 PM

For the money.... yes! I have a 6870 also and I am able to max the CoD series out with this card. Keep in min that the 6870's need a minimum of 500w for a power supply. In fact from what i have read, the 68XX cards will run Battlefield 3 on fairly high settings.... So buying one now is a good idea... For instance, Battlefield Bad Company 2 maxed out I get around 65-80 frames per second. Not to shabby if I say so my self :D  What are the rest of your specs if I may ask?
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:59:35 PM

What's your resolution, if it's 2560x1600, dont even bother with these $300 and under video cards because your ganna lag... Your best bet for a 2560x1600 is a GTx 580... For 1920x1080 resolution, a GTx 560Ti should be able to max everything even on modern games... for a Resolution of 1920x1200, a GTx 570 should be able to max out... For ATI, Get these 68XX and 69XX, That 6870 is a good card for a 1920x1080... Looks at tomshardware VideoCard Guide or the Bang For Buck VideoCard...
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 1:12:51 AM

Whats the rest of your machine? If your running a sempron CPU it's not going to be much help. If you got a 955, 965 or even athlon 630/640 etc. it will be a great upgrade.
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:18:31 PM

DAMO_R33 said:
Hi everyone!

My name is Damien and i am new to this and computers. I have recently built my own computer and i am learning as i go along lol.

I have an intergrated HD Radeon 4290 GPU. I installed COD: WAW as my friend let me borrow it to try but when the game starts in solo mode the voices are out of sink with the characters mouths. Also the game itself skips along and doesn't run smoothly. Like glitching and this not online.

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/ say that everything in my computer is good to run the game!

I am interested in the Sapphire HD6870 Vapour-X graphics card. But as i this is all new to me i don't know if i am looking at a good card.

Can anyone tell me if this graphics card will run the game and even more modern games ok or even recommend a good strong graphics card???

P.S. I am running Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

Thanks everyone :) !

Read this before posting so we can help.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/290969-15-advice-ch...
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:18:45 PM

Read this before posting so we can help.

August 16, 2011 7:52:38 PM

Here is my spec so far:

ASUS M4A89TD-PRO MOBO

AMD PHENOM II 955 QUAD CORE 3.2GHZ BLACK EDITION

4GB CORSAIR DDR3 1333MHZ MEMORY CL9

INTERGATED ATI RADEON HD4290 GPU

WD BLUE CAVIAR 500GB HARD DRIVE

650WATT EVO LABS PSU 85+
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 8:35:50 PM

I have never heard anything about that PSU. I would recommend a new 650w PSU from Corsair, SilverStone, PC P&C, OCZ, Seasonic, Enermax etc., and a 6950 or GTX560ti. The 6950 is a little faster than gtx560ti. But you should chose more or less on what you prefer, Nvidia or AMD. These cards balance the rest of your PC.
As a bigger disadvantage the gtx560ti is more power hungry than it's AMD rivals.

If you do not wish to spend a little more, then the 6870 has no competition from Nvidia. It will play almost all games at 1920x1080 with maximum details and max AF and custom to max AA, depending on the game. You won't be able to play metro 2033 at max with any of these cards at that resolution.

I presume you play games around this resolution: 1920x1080? And the reason there are that many posts, earlier when i tried to post after submit nothing showed up so i tried more than once. Sorry.
August 17, 2011 5:28:37 PM

The resolution of my computer screen is 1280x1024.

I can connect the PC to my TV. Its a JVC HDMI 1080p.

A friend of mine was talking to me about the HD 6970. I noticed that gigabyte, sapphire and XFX make the GPU as well. Is there any difference in the cards with the different companies names on them???

The card appears to be in around 195 to 203 pounds.

I take it this is a better card than the HD 6870 as its called the HD6970. Probably a stupid question, but sure hey, i'm learning here lol.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 6:13:12 PM

Well then connect it and play games and watch movies at it. For 1288x1024 you do not need such a powerful card.

The difference is warranty, cooler design, PCB design and customer care.

You did not read all the things posted in the link i gave you.
What's your budget? Also GTX560ti/6950 are around the best bang for the buck these days.
August 17, 2011 7:09:29 PM

sorry ionut19.

My budget is 200 pound. I don't mind having an overkill GPU as i'm sure i will upgrade my monitor at some stage and i can run the games on my 38'' TV if wish to do so. From a review i read the HD6970 is the GTX580's equivalent.

I have a GALAXY 3 case:

http://www.nexus-computers.co.uk/shop/images/GALAXY3N.j...

What sort of good cooling could i put into my case to have it extra cold. Apparently the GPU runs between 70 to 90 degrees. Is there a cooling fan like a fridge or a cooling system like that???

a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 9:59:04 PM

Ok, if you want lower temps you should buy a video card that has a good heat sink.
6970 is the GTX equivalent to GTX580 in terms of each brand's classification(meaning top dog), but in terms of performance the GTX580 is faster. In dual card configuration the performance is about the same, AMD has better scaling.

All GPU's run from 60-70 up except for those that are water cooled. That is normal wile gaming.

Here are my thought to you, buy a CPU cooler, a new PSu and a 6950. Overclock your CPU to 3.6-4.0 Ghz. If the temps are too high inside the case leave the side panel open until you can afford a better ventilated case. I do not know if you have front intake fan and rear exhaust fan mounted in that case.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for the 1Gb version or this for the 2Gb model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

If you do not have enough money by a 6870 and the rest.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2011 10:08:10 PM

An 4290 should be able to run the game, since you are new, I'm assuming you didnt mess around with the settings, because a 4200 can play it pretty well, and also that game was an awful console port.
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