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September 4, 2011 7:58:01 PM

I currently have an xfx ATI Hd4870 1gb and I've had it for a long time now (since it came out). I am now looking for a significant upgrade in performance and efficiency for a decent price. I don't want to crossfire and I don't want to get a new psu ( I currently have a 550w) so any suggestions/advice as to what to get would be nice =).

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a c 141 U Graphics card
September 4, 2011 9:51:04 PM

A Radeon HD 6950 or GTX 560Ti would be a decent upgrade from your 4870, either card will max out all but the most demanding titles at 1080p. They are usually found for somewhere between $200 and $250, don't bother with the 2GB version of either card unless you are running a resolution above 1920x1200. They are also about as high as you can go before you really hit diminishing returns as far as price-to-performance ratio goes. The cards above the 6950/560Ti start to get really expensive for small performance gains ie. pay an extra $70 to get an extra 10% performance boost over the card just below it.
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September 4, 2011 10:40:10 PM

Supernova1138 said:
A Radeon HD 6950 or GTX 560Ti would be a decent upgrade from your 4870, either card will max out all but the most demanding titles at 1080p. They are usually found for somewhere between $200 and $250, don't bother with the 2GB version of either card unless you are running a resolution above 1920x1200. They are also about as high as you can go before you really hit diminishing returns as far as price-to-performance ratio goes. The cards above the 6950/560Ti start to get really expensive for small performance gains ie. pay an extra $70 to get an extra 10% performance boost over the card just below it.

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a c 214 U Graphics card
September 4, 2011 11:14:16 PM

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What is your budget?

I would agree with SuperNova.A GTX560ti or a 6950 would be a decent upgrade from a 4870.
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September 4, 2011 11:46:38 PM

purple stank said:
What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What is your budget?

I would agree with SuperNova.A GTX560ti or a 6950 would be a decent upgrade from a 4870.


phenom II x4 965 black edition 3.4ghz
Asus M4A87TD EVO
rocketfish 550w psu
xfx ati hd4870 1 gb
700gb black drive
4gb gskill ram
corsair h50 water cooling
and my budget is around the 200 area, no higher than 250. thanks everyone
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a c 214 U Graphics card
September 5, 2011 12:48:27 AM

That's a good deal but I would rather have a card from Asus or MSI with an aftermarket heatsink than a free game but that's just me.
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September 5, 2011 12:53:31 AM

Best answer selected by dammit525.
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