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
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.
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
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.