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December 28, 2011 1:40:38 AM

Hey everyone, I'm finally settling in on a build after a lot of consideration and it's pretty much down to these cards. Any suggestions as to which to choose? Thanks

Radeon HD 6850

Radeon HD 6870

GeForce GTX 560

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Build (probably gonna change the ram to 1600, and probably gonna fiddle with the PSU but this is pretty much the final thing)

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a c 179 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 2:40:13 AM

You can drop the GTX 550 Ti it cost more than it preforms. I know I have 2 of them in SLI. One HD 6850 will out do it. Here is my thought on your cards the HD 6870 over all the cards.

Now If you could spend about 40 to 50 dollars more then I would say the GTX 560 Ti fermi or the HD 6950. Both the cards need a 500w 80 plus PSU to drive them.

Here is a link for two differnt PSU's but if you go bigger then keep in the same brand name as the 500w. Also here is a link to the Hierarchy of graphic cards. I hope this has helped a little.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...




December 28, 2011 2:59:18 AM

Im not sure if I can go any higher on the card, my limit was $100 before and I've already gone above that. So probably the 6870 would be my best bet? And what's the main difference between those 2 PSU's and this one, just the fact that it's modular and 20w extra basically?

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a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 3:13:17 AM

I'd take an Antec 430W for any of those cards.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 3:22:37 AM

That's the one.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 3:25:58 AM

the 6870 is the most powerful of that selection . The GTX 560 is a close second .

What you should buy depends on the rest of your computer hardware and the resolution of your monitor
December 28, 2011 3:28:08 AM

The website recommends at least a 500w PSU for that card though. Will 430 be kinda under doing it a bit?

And outlander, the rest of the build I'm lookin at getting is in the OP, and my monitor is 1920x1080
December 28, 2011 3:33:21 AM

Nah I don't think I'll every really plan to do crossfire.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 3:42:08 AM

The Antec's fine, then.
December 28, 2011 3:45:20 AM

Ok cool. Thanks for the help. So I think the only changes I'll make is the PSU, have the card as the 6870 and the RAM to 1600 instead of 1333
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 3:49:43 AM

Oh, and get a Hyper 212 EVO instead of the 212+. It's around $5 more and significantly better.
December 28, 2011 4:18:19 AM

Oh ok cool. Good advice. Thanks. I'm not sure if I'm gonna OC, but it gets hot in the summer so some evtra cooling can't hurt

Oh, on newegg the 212 EVO is actually cheaper
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 5:06:04 AM

I must disagree the 6870 is less powerful than the 560 but not by much but the gap gets bigger as you overclock the 560. But the 6870 is the best bet for you as it is cheaper by a good amount than the 560.
December 28, 2011 5:10:06 AM

Well I'm not sure how to OC a card and I'd probably be scared to mess it up, so I probably won't OC it. Is it worth the $20 extra to get the 560 instead? I don't mind another $20 on the price of the whole build if the 560 will be a good ammount better
December 28, 2011 5:12:24 AM

Outlander_04 said:
the 6870 is the most powerful of that selection . The GTX 560 is a close second .

What you should buy depends on the rest of your computer hardware and the resolution of your monitor


I support this. 6870 is the fastest, but the 560 (non TI) is a close second.
December 28, 2011 5:13:39 AM

Haha seems like they're pretty evenly matched. Maybe I should just flip a coin lol
December 28, 2011 5:13:47 AM

spentshells said:
I must disagree the 6870 is less powerful than the 560 but not by much but the gap gets bigger as you overclock the 560. But the 6870 is the best bet for you as it is cheaper by a good amount than the 560.


Not true I'm afraid. They are pretty much equal, with the 6870 being faster in slightly more games.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 5:18:09 AM

The drivers may have added more performance to tthe 6870 but have a look here and see a heavy overclock on the 460 you can see it shoot past the 6870. The 560 already comes with the overclock and can be pushed another 100mhz really creating a gap between the two cards.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
December 28, 2011 5:25:16 AM

spentshells said:
The drivers may have added more performance to tthe 6870 but have a look here and see a heavy overclock on the 460 you can see it shoot past the 6870. The 560 already comes with the overclock and can be pushed another 100mhz really creating a gap between the two cards.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...


and a 6870 can't be overclocked too...........


a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 5:30:16 AM

The gains overclocking the 6870 are minimal please follow the link and see for yourself.
December 28, 2011 5:46:50 AM

The 6870 is also cooler, uses less power and cheaper than the 560.

They really are equal in terms of performance.
December 28, 2011 5:48:55 AM

Well I might as well go for the 6870 then because I don't really plan to OC, so for stock performance, it sounds like that card has it
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 6:37:22 AM

Yes save money and go with a 6870.
December 28, 2011 6:41:26 PM

Ok thanks for the advice all. Oh and does anyone know which brand of hard drive is good? Or which ones to stay away from?
December 28, 2011 7:00:16 PM

Can that 430w really run a 6870?

Damn my Antec 620 should last me a lifetime then.
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 8:15:00 PM

The corsair 430 watt will run the 6870
a c 179 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 10:22:53 PM

xJACKTHERIPPERx said:
Im not sure if I can go any higher on the card, my limit was $100 before and I've already gone above that. So probably the 6870 would be my best bet? And what's the main difference between those 2 PSU's and this one, just the fact that it's modular and 20w extra basically?

PSU



hey go with the 430w PSU and the 6870 Best bet all the way around. It looks like just abour everybody is saying the that is the best deal but really it is up to you to deside and you got a lot good help on this thread anyway have good one and Good luck
December 28, 2011 10:42:45 PM

Ok cool. And ya, thanks for the help everyone. Much appreciated. This is y I love coming to toms for advice. I never leave Unsatisfied. My only concern is that the site says to have a 500w PSU and I wouldnt wanna risk problems with the system. I'll check out the prices though and decide.
December 30, 2011 3:15:51 AM

ok so i went shopping at tigerdirect today and the fellow at the store swayed me into possibly getting an nvidia card due to their superior software/drivers, so im now looking at a 560 EVGA or something similar instead of the 6870, and i cant exactly remember the reason why but he said to stay away from the 560 ti, so now im not sure which card to get again, but on the plus side im now willing to spend roughly $220 or so for the card, so that opens up a few more options. any more advice from the experts?

im kinda looking at these ones now though
560 ti

and this one still i guess 6870
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 3:35:08 AM

First thing first never listen to those people.
Those fellas are simply trying to make a buck.
December 30, 2011 3:37:55 AM

ya i guess thats true. but it seemed like he was recommending the cheaper card, but i dunno lol. im lost now. had a decision made and now im not sure. plus i dont think i bought a proper motherboard with a front panel USB 3.0 header on it, so the night got kinda soiled with that lol

p.s. updated previous post with links
a c 179 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 3:42:13 AM

They are trying to move overstocked or nonsellings items. The 560 ti is a hot card moving fast in sales. Thing is the 560 ti needs a 500w PSU so if you are thinking about that or go with the first plan.
a c 179 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 3:51:11 AM

xJACKTHERIPPERx said:
ah ok, well maybe ill get this card with this psu then. seem like a plan?


Only you can make the choice. You are the one who has to live with your choice. A lot of Knowledgeable people on here have given you very good advice. Knowing that you should be able to pick which one you want. Good Luck to ya
December 30, 2011 3:54:52 AM

ya thats true. im just very skiddish when buying things. i get paralysis by analysis pretty bad. and im not familiar with which are the 'good' brands of PSU's and stuff
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 4:09:06 AM

A 2GB is a waste for a single monitor under 1900x1200
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 4:13:47 AM

Please do not listen to people claiming driver issues there is nothing wrong with a 6870 or AMD drivers at all. Peoples experiences usually shape their opinions.
December 30, 2011 4:24:10 AM

ya come to think of it ive never had problems with my ATI drivers.
a c 179 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 7:11:15 PM

xJACKTHERIPPERx said:
good point. i think ive decided on http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664 for the card and
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093 this for the PSU if that PSU has all the right connections and can provide enough power, doing some looking right now on it


Either way you go it will do what you want it to do. Both cards are good they both have there pro's and con's. But in the end you will get to do what you want to.
December 30, 2011 7:12:57 PM

Ya haha. That finally dawned on me last night. Any of these cards will make my old one look like a turd and I'll love it lol
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