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Need help on which graphics card to get sapphire 6870 or 6850

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January 22, 2012 9:18:55 PM

Hi I plan on upgrading my graphics card to a 6870 or 6850 depending on what my system can handle and since i'm pretty new at this thought i should ask you guys before going to get one of the cards. My current specs are this

AMD Phenom II X4 960T 3.0Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Diamond 6570 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake TR2 500w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DDR3 4GB 1600MHz (2x2GB)
can't find a link its pretty cheap ram so might need to upgrade that as well but not what i'm really interested in right now

ASUS M5A78L-M LX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you need anymore of my specs I would be glad to provide them. What i'm looking to get are one of these two video cards

Sapphire 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Sapphire 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my price range is about $200 if you guys have anything that would work better would be glad to hear any other suggestions but otherwise thanks for any help you can give
January 22, 2012 9:35:33 PM

I would wait for about two weeks, and see how the new 7000-series gets benchmarked (stay tuned on Tom's, I guess). I assume pci-e 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0.

Unless you have a pressing MMO need, you might do better with a 7770 or better.
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a b U Graphics card
January 22, 2012 10:12:33 PM

I doubt the 7770 would perform so well in that price range that it blows away the 6870.
The 7xxx pricing isnt released yet to gauge what the better value is at this.time.
Although you would get better performance out of the same.of the 7xxx series, it would most likely be higher priced
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January 22, 2012 11:08:44 PM

yeah I was assuming the same thing that Flint was that even if I was to wait for new 7000-series that it would be more expensive. So I was just going to get one of the other cards for that reason. So which one would you guys recommend for my system. Thanks
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 12:16:24 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there you go. 560Ti beats both of those for under 200 bucks w/rebate. That cooler model is really good as well
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January 23, 2012 8:32:23 PM

The 560Ti is on par with the 6950, so go for that one.
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January 23, 2012 9:02:08 PM

FlintIronStagg said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there you go. 560Ti beats both of those for under 200 bucks w/rebate. That cooler model is really good as well


NVIDIA are a no no for mid range GPU now untill they lower their price.

6870 145$ after rebate + free dirt game: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BF3 1080p High setting:

ATI: http://media.bestofmicro.com/Y/N/313583/original/amd%20...

NVIDIA: http://media.bestofmicro.com/Z/5/313601/original/nvidia...
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January 23, 2012 10:23:30 PM

But my system should be able to handle the 560ti because it does seem to perform better in most games. I'm willing to pay for the 560Ti listed above because it is still in my price range and not that much more than the 6870 I have been looking at.
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2012 10:29:58 PM

The 6870 over the 560ti@ that price? You gotta be kidding me
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January 28, 2012 2:22:18 AM

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January 28, 2012 2:22:46 AM

thanks for you help guys if a mod could close this now that would be great.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 2:24:01 AM

Grats on the upgrade
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January 28, 2012 8:53:24 AM

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