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Mainstream Casual Gamer Looking For Upgrade

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October 6, 2011 12:56:27 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple months. BUDGET RANGE: <$150 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Looking to upgrade for SWTOR and BF3.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon 4670, Antec Basiq 500W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asus M4A685-M, AMD Athlon II x4 620 2.6 GHZ

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically looking for a card or two to keep my eyes open for a deal on it leading up to/during holiday sales. Rig is not a hardcore gaming rig and I am not a hardcore gamer. Would like to upgrade the video card in preparation for SWTOR. Also playing BF3 but max setting is not a priority. FWIW, BF3 Beta currently plays with most settings at Medium and Low. Any and all comments + suggestions welcomed. Thx!
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October 6, 2011 3:16:51 PM

Ask again when you are ready to buy, a lot can change in 2 months.
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October 6, 2011 3:25:42 PM

If you were buying this week, I'd suggest that you could probably find a HD6850 within your budget after playing the rebate game, but since you're not buying for a month or two, I agree with them^^; things could change.
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October 6, 2011 4:13:17 PM

You're definitely looking for an HD 6850 as prices stand now, but definitely check the weekend of Black Friday/Cyber Monday - Newegg has ridiculous sales. Bet you could pick up an HD 6870 for $150. That's prob the best card your PSU can handle.
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October 6, 2011 4:56:57 PM

Considering AMDs new cards have been pushed back a bit I don't see current prices falling too much from there current levels. I'd say go for a Radeon 6850 or GTX 460. Either would be a good upgrade for you. You should also consider overclocking your CPU to get the most out of your new card.
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October 6, 2011 5:25:40 PM

I am open to getting one sooner with BF3 dropping in a few weeks just not in a rush is all.

More concerned with the right fit like not getting a card that's too overpowered for my rig or anything like that.

I'm leaning towards 6870 or 6850 since I was pleased with ATI and my 4670.

Thanks.
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