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Finally denting the wallet, which 6850 should I get?

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October 31, 2011 8:35:54 PM

The time has come for me to stop being cheap and upgrade my graphics card, my choices are:

This:

http://www.ebuyer.com/279842-msi-hd-6850-cyclone-1gb-gd...

This:

http://www.ebuyer.com/264823-his-hd-6850-fan-1gb-gddr5-...

And...this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0047D5S26/ref=s9_si...

Thank you for taking the time to look and any recommendations are appreciated!

note: I am edging towards the MSI because of its cooling design, but should that be the deciding factor?
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 8:37:27 PM

i had the exact same MSI cooler on a GTX460, it's a fantastic cooler. runs silent and cool, what more can you ask for.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 8:39:40 PM

Get Msi if you don't want to mess with clock speeds. And you are right, it does have a good cooling design. But my powercolor 6850 has no problem with heat. And including when i first got it i was scared it wasn't working because i couldn't hear it. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 31, 2011 8:47:55 PM

yummerzzz said:
Neither, get this : HIS HD 6850 1Gb GDDR5 w/ Deus Ex and Dirt 3 for £108

If you really want to go with the Cyclone go with MSI HD 6850 Cyclone Power Edition 1Gb GDDR5 for £113

Or stretch your wallet to £130 and get the Sapphire HD 6870 1Gb GDDR5 Vapour-X Edition



Those are great deals, but I have only heard bad things about Overclockers UK e.g. horrible customer service and racist managing director. I have heard about people having no problems with them, but I won't take any chances.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 8:51:25 PM

OcUK and Scan.co.uk are probably the best suppliers in the UK for PC components.

I can personally say they offer great service.
October 31, 2011 8:53:00 PM

Well the HIS one is out of the running now.

Should I definitely get the MSI over the Sapphire? (overclocking doesn't really matter to me)

only reason I'm considering the Sapphire is because it only needs a 4-pin power connector which only uses 1 molex plug so am I right in assuming it would have less power consumption?
October 31, 2011 8:54:10 PM

Djentleman said:
Get Msi if you don't want to mess with clock speeds. And you are right, it does have a good cooling design. But my powercolor 6850 has no problem with heat. And including when i first got it i was scared it wasn't working because i couldn't hear it. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm a Brit!
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 8:57:01 PM

No the sapphire uses more power than the MSI, because the MSI is a HD 6850, and the Sapphire is a HD 6870, the HD 6870 is faster, and requires 2 6-pin connectors, and the HD 6850 is slower, and requires 1 6 pin connector.

Sapphire is AMD's biggest partner in the GPU business.

Which PSU do you have anyway?
October 31, 2011 9:05:51 PM

yummerzzz said:
No the sapphire uses more power than the MSI, because the MSI is a HD 6850, and the Sapphire is a HD 6870, the HD 6870 is faster, and requires 2 6-pin connectors, and the HD 6850 is slower, and requires 1 6 pin connector.

Sapphire is AMD's biggest partner in the GPU business.

Which PSU do you have anyway?


A corsair 600w, can't remember the model name sorry.

This is the Sapphire I was talking about

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0047D5S26/ref=s9_si...

and it comes boxed with this type of adapter

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/kenzhan/XC432A_001.jpg

And, I'm clueless about the power/voltage side of GPU's but because most cards come with a 2x molex to 1x 6-pin connector does that mean the Sapphire takes up less power because it only has a 1x molex to 1x 6-pin power connector?

Thanks for all the help so far.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 9:14:30 PM

I would take OcUK > Amazon any-day, and the HIS and MSI on OcUK are better than the Sapphire form Amazon, as well as being cheaper.

On the PSu issue.

You Power Supply has one 6pin PCI-E connector and one 6(+2)pin PCI-E connector IIRC.

Either way you will have more than enough power for the single card. You plug the 6pin connector into the GPU for it to receive power, the 4pin molex adapters are for people who don't have the necessary 6pin power connectors, and allows them to convert 2 4pin molex connector to one 6 or 6(+2)pin connectors.

It doesn't matter though, as you won't need to sue them as you have a Quality PSU.
October 31, 2011 9:17:55 PM

yummerzzz said:
I would take OcUK > Amazon any-day, and the HIS and MSI on OcUK are better than the Sapphire form Amazon, as well as being cheaper.

On the PSu issue.

You Power Supply has one 6pin PCI-E connector and one 6(+2)pin PCI-E connector IIRC.

Either way you will have more than enough power for the single card. You plug the 6pin connector into the GPU for it to receive power, the 4pin molex adapters are for people who don't have the necessary 6pin power connectors, and allows them to convert 2 4pin molex connector to one 6 or 6(+2)pin connectors.

It doesn't matter though, as you won't need to sue them as you have a Quality PSU.


Well, I'll consider the OcUK deals, but I guess if that's the case, I'll most likely go for the MSI. Cheers!
October 31, 2011 11:15:09 PM

i have been using overclockers for years! always impressed by their service. you chose the cheapest possible delivery option and it still comes next day! probably my fav overall shop to be honest. aria are pretty good on prices to, they can be cheapest out of the reliable ones so check them.
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