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$300 gpu and monitor upgrade

Current system

GPU: gigabyte 3870 512mb ram
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2790

Monitor: Hyundai 19in non widescreen 1280x1024

PSU: Corsair 620hx probably 2 years old

MB: gigabyte ga-ma78g-ds3h
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2931#ov

CPU: Amd phenom II 920

Case Coolermaster centurion 5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

4gb of ram

hdd: 640gb WD caviar blue

I am looking to upgrade my pc. I usually use my pc to play games, watch movies at college, and a little bit of video and photo editing. I am playing Skyrim right now and it runs alright on lowest setting, but I kind of want to see what it looks like in high detail at 1080p. I have $300 (firm) to spend on a new gpu and monitor. I shop primarily at the Egg and am looking to purchase the monitor today and maybe the gpu as well but can wait on the gpu if necessary up to 2 weeks.

I was thinking of this monitor Hanspree 23" 1080p for $130. How's the brand and is there a bad problem with led backlight bleeding? It seems to get good reviews on the Egg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-262-012&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=3&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

I am undecided on the video card. This is where I need the most help. I was thinking of the HD 6870 as it seems to be the best card in my budget, but I am stumped on the brands and if the card will fit in my case. Thanks
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  1. Wait until the 7800 series comes out if you don't want to wait, buy the 6950 2GB version.
  2. jdwii said:
    Wait until the 7800 series comes out if you don't want to wait, buy the 6950 2GB version.


    The 6950 is out of my price range since I need a monitor as well. When will the 7800 series come out and what might the price be?
  3. drippyfausett said:
    The 6950 is out of my price range since I need a monitor as well. When will the 7800 series come out and what might the price be?



    I'm sorry i missed the monitor,

    I would get the 6850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    And a
    Acer(I'm a fan of them)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315

    Nice i think!

    And Their is no reason to wait for the 7770 as its probably going to be weaker then a 6850. And the 7800 series will most likely be out of your priced range.
  4. monitor: I trust ASUS and I am currently using a monitor made by them, its nice and the colours are nice, the price isn't too high either for a brand like asus.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

    gpu: Cheap and powerful the 6850 or the 6870 are able to do most games on high at 1080p with great frame rates. They 6850 can be had for less than $140 and the 6870 for less than $160. I think its worth getting the 6870. Sapphire is also one the most reliable brands for AMD gpu so you can't go wrong with them.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
  5. I trust ASUS monitors too and own some. Reason I didn't put any is my post is other brands had better models for a better price.
    But if he does want ASUS consider these larger displays.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052 (not worth it after today because the .5'' smaller is $10 less)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100 (best of the three)
  6. A month ago, I bought this Acer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316 which has a LED backlight. I have been very happy with it. It is 1920x1080, but its smaller 21.5" size fits better on my desk (I have a 23" monitor there too).
    Then I'd get this HIS version of the HD6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161393 because the IceQ cooler will be quiet, effective, and exhaust almost all the heat. I've had excellent results from HIS cards.
  7. Best answer
    The Sapphire is a great card for the price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
    If you want to spend more I wouldn't get the ICEQ. The ICEQ X can overclock better for the same cost. This is the order from worst to best (overclocking potential) that I would get (even the so called "worst" is a great card and actually the one I would get with my money, due to great value).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161396
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127545
  8. Thanks people for all the info I really appreciate the help. I will probably go with an Asus monitor like you guys recommend. They just look like they are better built. I am still having a hard time with the gpu, especially with new cards coming. Do you ppl think that my 3870 could even power Skyrim at 1080p? Just so I can wait for the 7 series.
  9. It should its about equal to a 6570 or 5570 which would be the minimum to run medium. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3085-7.html
  10. Alright that is good to know thanks. I will probably just tough it out until then. Thanks again all.
  11. Best answer selected by drippyfausett.
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