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~$150 to pair with i3 2100

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November 19, 2011 10:33:08 PM



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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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2011 1:03:36 AM

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 :) 
November 20, 2011 1:40:30 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2011 2:55:11 AM

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

February 12, 2012 5:52:50 AM

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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 6:31:11 AM

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