Currently having, or was always having issues with my card.
AMDKMDAP if anybody has heard of it. Only fix was to underlock it drastically. Not even sure what the real issue is. Whether it's bad memory, mobo, or video card.
I finally want to upgrade out of it either way.
Asus p6t-se mobo
Edit: playing on 1920x1080
I'm not too sure what is compatible with my motherboard.
I'll say my budget is 500, pushing it to 600 if its actually worth it.
I'd wish for a good upgrade to what I have right now. Do I have to replace any other part if I do switch out gpus?
I'm not too much of a hardware person so I'd be afraid doing it myself unless it's as easy as some people say it is.
the only thing i could see being a holdback would be if you wanted to go with an sli setup or somethign like a 580, then i would recommend a bigger power supply. if you want a step up form that GPU and not a sidestep like the 6870, then i would recommend the 6970 or the 570. I would upgrade the psu as well seeing as how either of those cards wont break your budget either so you have more overhead on your wattage and such for overclocking.
Have you contacted Sapphire? I had a very similar problem with my 5870. I sent them my bad 5870 (I had already owned it for 6 months before I had the problem) and they replaced it with a 6950 for free.
I would see what you can get from Sapphire before you spend your own money.
What are the Power Supply specs? 550 Watt is too weak for most high end cards. The GTX 570 might work. "Minimum 550W or greater system power supply with a minimum 12V current rating of 38A". Also your 5870 should be under warranty so get it replaced and sell it if you still want a new card.
Is there a huge difference between 570 and 580? There is a price difference of atleast 100 dollars.
I will probably up my psu as well just for assurance.
I will also probably send sapphire my 5870 back for a new one and sell that.
I'm having so much trouble deciding. 570 would be able to play max on all games that will be out for the next year or two, right?
The GTX 560 and HD6870 are actually weaker than the HD5870. If you want a worthwhile upgrade the GTX 570 would be your best choice. The GTX 580 is only 15% faster while costing nearly 50% more, not worth it IMO.
Will that be a sufficient upgrade? Goal is to nearly max and hopefully will max BF3.
I actually see a better card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Fermi Windforce 845MHZ 1280MB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
From a manufact. that's trusty as well.
Both at $380.
I may go for that instead.