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Help replacing Radeon HD 4870

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January 28, 2012 8:55:54 PM

Greetings,

Recently my video crashed and after finally getting some uncorrupted drivers installed, I can manage to boot into windows without safemode.. however the checkerboard pattern of white and grey cubes is somewhat annoying. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is likely a hardware issue with my card?

So I am assuming it needs to be replaced. I havent kept up with computer hardware since I built this system almost 3 years ago, so I just need a little help. The card I need to replace is SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My motherboard is: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a 500W Antec Earthwatts psu.

Honestly, I really only play World of Warcraft anymore on the PC as far as gaming goes. I'd rather not 'downgrade' too much per se though.I know I don't need something beastly, just enough to get by. Cheaper is better.

All suggestions are most appreciated. Thank you so very much.

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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:03:14 PM

Well a AMD 6770 or even the 6850 would be plenty for WoW gaming. I believe the 6850 is similar to a 4870, but I'd have to look into it more. The 6770 is about $100-120 and the 6850 is about $125-160.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:10:26 PM

A single 6770 or 6850 is better than a single 4870.
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January 28, 2012 9:19:11 PM

Cpu is Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:23:12 PM

the 6670 is a bit less powerful than the 4870, not really worth it as its a lot less powerful than a 6770 which is only a few $ more.

the 6850 is much more powerful than the 4870 and should run wow ultra with 60fps. it is about 30% more powerful than the 6770.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 9:24:43 PM

1dariuslloyd said:
Cpu is Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400


You shouldn't have much (if any) bottleneck on that cpu, you'd get better fps compared to the 4870 as well, at the least, better minimum fps.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 10:58:26 PM

Nvidia time if you play wow. 460 1GB 192 bit will do just fine and are pretty cheap.
or a 550ti can be found for 109 and will be just slightly better than what you have.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:00:51 PM

a 6850 is more powerful than the 192 bit 460 for the same price and the 6770 is comparable to the 550 ti for less money generally.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:15:22 PM

NV cards do better with the particles (it plain old looks nicer)
yes the 6850 is more powerful but the game plays better on NV
The 5770 is a slight downgrade from the 4870 in this game like it or not
( I have it ) A 10 dollar premium for a decent 550ti isn't so bad and as I mentioned a lot of the particles and effects just look better with NV.

I couldn't ever buy a similar card it would drive me nuts.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:19:51 PM

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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2012 11:30:40 PM

3 frames and better particles and effects 10 dollars sounds worth it to me.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:06:42 AM



this will be closer to the performance of the EVGA card.
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January 29, 2012 1:07:24 AM

Is it true Nvidia is superior to ATI for World of Warcraft though? As in noticeably?
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:07:41 AM

Saving a few dollars over the 6850 isn't really worth it in my opinion with how much of an advantage the 6850 has over it. It's up to you however.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 1:23:04 AM

The 550TI won't be faster then the 4870. They should be close, no way 30% faster.

I agree that for just a few $$$ more you should get the 6850. Looking at esrever's chart you can almost hit 60FPS with it instead of getting ~45. When you spend money for something you should at least get an upgrade, not the same that you had. (unless budget doesn't allow it.)
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January 29, 2012 9:22:38 PM

Ok so its looking like the Radeon 6850 is the one to go for. The next question is; is there any major difference between the various manufacturers? Or is the cheapest one linked above perfectly fine.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 9:25:13 PM

the cheaper one should be fine but the manufactures do offer different customer service and also warranties.
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a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2012 9:26:14 PM

Price and warranty matter most, if you don't over clock then you may be interested in paying a little more for the factory overclocked ones, but the gain is minimal usually. I usually buy the cheapest ones, saphire and powercolor I seem to always get due to that and I've never had a problem.
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January 31, 2012 6:47:26 PM

How do you guys feel about a GTX 460 768mb for $100? Since everyone was talking Radeon I havent really educated myself on the nvidia options.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 31, 2012 6:51:58 PM

The 460 1mb is about as powerful as a 6790, which is quite a good deal for $100. It is a lot better buy than the 550 ti.
The 6850 or 6870 are still better deals imo.
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January 31, 2012 7:02:29 PM

Money is on the tighter side atm and I wouldn't have to deal with shipping, can just go pick this up an and get my system back up and running tonight. That card should still crush WoW on ultra settings I'd thin, right? The GTX 460?
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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2012 7:12:51 PM

If its the 768mb one it performs about the same as a 6770, that'd be fine but won't be much of an upgrade compared to a 6850. Since you want to get it asap, then its a fair trade if you are fine with that.
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January 31, 2012 7:25:25 PM

It's still a significant upgrade from what I had right, the HD 4870?
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 31, 2012 7:30:34 PM

yes, its a upgrade from 4870. But not a significant one.
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January 31, 2012 7:33:18 PM

Ok, well as long as it's an improvement. I only play WoW as far as gaming goes. Thanks for ALL of the input guys, massive massive help. Truly appreciate it.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 31, 2012 7:34:31 PM

should be no problem in wow.
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