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Radeon 6850 or 6870?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 6, 2011 7:23:16 PM

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my video card (a Radeon 6770) to either a Radeon 6850 or 6870. But I can't decide which one to get. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I'd like to be able to play on "high" settings for upcoming games.

And if it helps, I'll also post my systems specs:
i7-2600, 3.4 Ghz processor
Currently have a Radeon 6770 video card
And my monitor is a 22 inch Vizio tv at 1200x720 resolution.

Any help and insight would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 236 U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 7:36:01 PM

If you are going to upgrade your graphics card, make it a more meaningful jump, or you may be disappointed.
The 6770 is already a good card, and I would be looking at a 6950.
Just my opinion.

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a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 7:37:13 PM

You're playing at 1200x720, you should be able to handle high settings regardless of a Radeon HD 6770 or HD 6850/6870. You should consider upgrading your resolution to 1920x1080 at least. I would go with the HD 6850 but if the price difference is like $20 between the 6850 and 6870, then I would definitely go with the 6870 HOWEVER at this rate.. I think you should just wait for the new 7xxx series or Kepler :p 
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a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 7:38:54 PM

Agreed with geofelt. Either that or crossfire a 6770 if you have the PSU and the motherboard to support it.
a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 7:39:37 PM

You will need a monitor with at least 1080p to fully enjoy the High Resolution.
a c 251 U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 7:46:36 PM

What kind of budget do you have and what brand and model do you have on the video card. What is the brand and model of your motherboard. You could keep the 6770 and get another for crossfire which would let you play more games on high settings.
a c 175 U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 8:01:19 PM

At that low a resolution, your HD6770 should do well. If you are anticipating a monitor or resolution upgrade though, nothing less than a HD6870 makes any sense, and I think a HD6950 or GTX560Ti would make more sense.
December 7, 2011 12:07:34 AM

Best answer selected by Mtora.
December 7, 2011 12:11:45 AM

Thanks for the info guys, I'll look into getting a better monitor before I upgrade my video card, though I'd have to upgrade my PSU from my current 460w for Radeon 6950, but that's easy enough to do.