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~$150 to pair with i3 2100



USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (BF3, Skyrim, The Witcher 2)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 4850 and EarthWatts 500W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i3 2100, ASRock Z68 Gen3 (xFire support)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon, etc.





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Today there is a good deal on a OE 5850, and I am debating between the deal or a 6850/6870. Which card would be best paired with the i3 2100, especially for BF3. Right now SuperBiiz has a $15 code for the GPUs, as well as Deus Ex free with 6850/6870.


1 day 5850 deal - $125 w/ shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB - $140 with code before rebate
Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB - $163 with code before rebate
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  1. Well if you area AMD/ATI guy then the HD 6870 1gb would be my choice
    though the GTX 460 1gb is a good alternative while they are still around
    I am a ATI owner
    but consider the GTx 460 1gb the best $150 card for now
    especially if considering a dual GPU setup
    but the HD 6870 is a solid choice

    if you can wait for the HD 7xxx series to launch (Q4 11 and Q1 12)
    that would be a good idea
    since the HD 6xxx series should drop in price
    or possibly a good deal on HD 7xxx
    but I understand not waiting for an upgrade :)
  2. king smp said:
    The GTX 460 1gb is a good alternative...I understand not waiting for an upgrade :)

    What makes the 460 a good choice? The cheapest on newegg right now is ~158 with shipping and for $5 more I can get the 6870 from SuperBiiz, which seems to have better performance. Should I forget about the 6850? And, I'll probably just upgrade now since my 4850 can't handle BF3 very well and the next gen release is a couple months away.
  3. Best answer
    just quickly googling some benches
    this is a Unigine DX11 bench

    especially look at the high res benches
    though do realize these are some heavy OC 460 1gbs

    I was just suggesting the 460 as an option to consider
    I have all the love for AMD GPUs :)

    but also if you dont mind playing the rebate game
    and you are budget conscience
    you can end up with a $120 460 1gb Zotac

    or a killer MSI with awesome cooling that will OC nice
    for 160

    but the HD 6870 and GTX 460 are basically equals
    and if you like ATI better
    than by all means go with the HD 6870
    it is a great card
  4. Best answer selected by dyersituations.
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