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Xfx 6850 vs gigabyte 6870

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August 27, 2011 3:16:13 AM

Hello,
I was planning on making a computer, but im not sure which graphics card i should get, the xfx 6850 or the gigabyte 6870

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August 27, 2011 3:22:04 AM

XFX has outstanding warranties, however the 6970 is a slightly better card. The gigabyte 6870 windforce has amazing cooling. They are both great choices, but I think the 6870 is the winner here.
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August 27, 2011 3:51:13 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=291

The HD 6870 will be the better choice if you can afford it. They are usually near each other pricepoints after MIR anyway. Although I have no experience with XFX, I do know they have lifetime warranty BUT I can't say the same for the support you will get when you want to get a replacement [warranty]. The customer service could be non-existence. Gigabyte 6870 does have a triple fan design and that will help with cooling. It is a big graphic card so I hope it fits in your case. I think you should invest in a HD 6870 and then use it until you have enough money to make the leap to Keplar or AMD 7xxx when the time comes.
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August 27, 2011 3:53:07 AM

not the windforce version though
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August 27, 2011 3:56:50 AM

i should show you the specs of my computer im getting first
Intel core i5 2400
Asus P8Z68-V
G.skill ripjaws 8gb 1600mhz
Coolermaster Storm enforcer case
Coolermaster GX 750W
XFX radeon 6850 or Gigabyte 6870 (not windforce)
Seagate Momentus XT 500gb
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September 8, 2011 12:40:49 PM

if you're going to overclock you should get the 6850 . if a 6850 is overclocked it's only got a difference of about 5 fps to a 6870 overclocked .you can also save some money for the 7000 series.
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