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~$150 to pair with i3 2100

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$150

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.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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.

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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
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/37499-hd-6870-hd-6850-vs-gtx-460-1gb-overclocking-study-12.html

    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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500202

    or a killer MSI with awesome cooling that will OC nice
    for 160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510

    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
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