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Looking for advice on GPU upgrade

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October 2, 2011 5:06:49 PM

Hi everyone,

Which card do you think I should buy and why? I'd like to spend about $200. I read on AMD's website that the recommended BF3 card is a GTX560 or Radeon HD 6950. I read on here that the 560 is comparable to the 6870 so I'm a little confused as to what model of the Radeon I should be looking at. Thanks for your help! :) 

6870: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180BD7578&v...
560: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD6895&v...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Battlefield3, Diablo3, Skyrim)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GTX 260, XFX 550W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: MSI P67A - G45, 8 gigs of ram, i5 2500k

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: directcanada.ca generally had the cheapest parts.

PARTS PREFERENCES: My last few cards were nvidia but I'd be willing to switch to Radeon if the price/performance is better

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to play games at the highest FPS possible while sticking within my budget (obviously :p )

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October 2, 2011 5:16:38 PM

the 6870 compares to the 560ti. its better than the 560
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October 2, 2011 5:25:23 PM

That shows the 6870 is better than the 560 by as much as the 560ti is better than the 6870.

That also shows the 6850>6870. Is that factoring in price/performance? Or just stating outright that the 6850 is a better choice? Seems odd to me if it's outright.

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a b U Graphics card
October 2, 2011 5:28:53 PM

560ti is better than the 6870 but more expensive the 6870 is better than the 560. i think the 6850 was just luck
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a b U Graphics card
October 2, 2011 5:43:09 PM

ive read a few articles and it looks like there they are roughly the same so it depends on price. it also depends on if you've got a cf or sli board incase you ever deside to get a 2nd gpu
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October 2, 2011 6:38:08 PM

The 6870 is basically just an OC'ed 6850 and about $20 more expensive. Does that sound about right?
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October 3, 2011 1:09:33 PM

smitty10 said:
The 6870 is basically just an OC'ed 6850 and about $20 more expensive. Does that sound about right?


yes , but you can still overclock it
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