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Upgrading HD4870 for gaming (namely BF3)

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December 5, 2011 1:18:30 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: < 200 as long as there is a worthwhile performance increase in that range.. I'd entertain up to $300 if the value is there.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.. BF3 does not look bad at medium/low settings, but I want high settings

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4870 and Corsair 750TX 750W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 X48 RT
Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 2.66G 775 12M R
Corsair 4GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg is great, but I really don't care

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Feel free to contribute other suggestions about what I should upgrade. I built this gaming rig in 2008 and it's held up amazingly well, but BF3 ran it into the ground. Thanks for your help.
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December 5, 2011 1:24:41 AM

Well the 6950 2 gb GPU is one of the better buys out there for about $250-275 price range. It's possible that you could get it to unlock to a 6970 speeds and that would be added speed for the $ too :)  The rest of your system looks good enough and the GPU would be a good upgrade.
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December 5, 2011 9:56:28 PM

Thanks! What manufacturer should I be looking at for the 6950?

Also, should I consider upgrading my RAM?
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December 5, 2011 10:34:07 PM

get the gigabyte one with 3 fans, also dont bother with the 2gb, get the 1gb and make sure its clocked at 870mhz
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December 6, 2011 2:17:04 AM

chewger said:
Thanks! What manufacturer should I be looking at for the 6950?

Also, should I consider upgrading my RAM?

I've always had good luck with Sapphire GPU's. I currently have an XFX 6850 and I'm pretty happy with it too. I would check out reviews of each type and make and informed decision. The main thing that I look for is good cooling, design, and of coarse a good warranty. So keep those in mind with your purchasing. I also look at rebates as bonus' if you get them, so I don't expect to get them and thus look at the initial price (without rebates).
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December 8, 2011 9:46:52 PM

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