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December 22, 2011 3:22:01 AM

I currently have an EVGA 9800GTX+ that I got in early of 2009, and I am looking to upgrade to a newer card. The main purpose of my system, is gaming, music and watching dvd's, so primarily for entertainment purposes.

Battlefield 3 and Elder Scrolls V are the games it would need to be able to handle. Graphics quality does not have to be ultra high, but still good graphics.

The card would also need to be one that could last 2-3 years, before it needs to be replaced again. Two years is the minimum, but 2 1/2 or 3 would be even better.

Finally, my budget is in the $110-150 range, so suggestions for both the lower and higher end of that price range would be welcome. I know that both Nvidia and AMD are releasing new cards soon, but will they be within my price range? Would there be much of a price drop on the current cards, once the new ones are released?


Here is my current system

Antec 1200 v2 (7 fans total)
Corsair 650W TX
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HD
Asus M4A87TD
AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition
4GB OCZ 1600 memory (2x 2GB)
EVGA 9800GTX+ (the card I am replacing)
budget Asus sound card
LG Blueray drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit edition
Logitech Z-640 Speakers
Samsung SyncMaster 2433bw

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December 22, 2011 5:31:23 AM

I think Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCU II, Great card for sure would be more top end on ur price range but well worth it. GL
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December 22, 2011 5:54:20 AM

jonno said:
I think Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti DirectCU II, Great card for sure would be more top end on ur price range but well worth it. GL


Just checked on Newegg, and the card you mentioned is well over $200, when my budget is only in the $150 or less range, preferably the $110-150 range. It looks like a great card, but out of my price rage.

What about the GTX 550ti? The EVGA GTX 550ti is only $115 after discount and rebates, so that would fit my price range. Is the 550 a good card?

The AMD HD6850 and the Nvidia GTX 550ti, seem to be decent cards, and within my price range.
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December 22, 2011 6:04:49 AM

Dont't know when the mid-low end of AMD's and Nvivia's new generations will be released, but if you can wait for a couple of months, you could pick up one of those within your price range.
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December 22, 2011 6:33:35 AM

GTX 550 Ti OC is a choice~like gigabyte use 10 cm large fan.
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December 22, 2011 7:30:44 AM

6850 over the 550ti for sure. The 550ti isnt even that much better than your 9800gtx+
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December 22, 2011 7:32:54 AM

The GTX 550 competes against the HD 6790; however, the HD 6790 is a little faster overall.
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December 22, 2011 11:34:26 PM

The AMD 6850 or 6870 seems to be the best option within the specified price range based on the comments here and variosu online reviews I have read on the different cards. The Nvidia GTX 560 is a nice card, but its out of my price range, so it looks like I will be going with AMD for my next card.

The only remaining question, is which brand to go with. The last ATI based card I had, was a visiontek 9600, but that was about 5 1/2 years ago, before I got my PNY 7600 GT, which was eventually replaced with my current EVGA 9800GTX+.

Asus, XFX and Sapphire seem to get some good reviews, are they good brands for ATI / AMD cards?

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December 22, 2011 11:47:39 PM

To be honest, go with warranty and price for the most part AMD cards are using the reference board/heatsink.

There are some with there own boards and fancy coolers(Asus direct Cu and HIS IceQ have custom coolers) But if you see 2 cards with the stock cooler, look at warranty and price.

I have had 2 XFX without issues(Well my 5770 fan was off balance, but they fixed me up good).
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