well, as you've probably noticed, i need to choose which graphics card to buy. Clearly the 6850 is much better and more efficient that the 5770, but i want to know how much i really need for gaming. Once i get the video card, I plan on playing games like mw3 and Assasin's revelations on high settings. So tell me, is it really necessary to spend an extra 70$ on a card that in which there is a chance that there will be no noticeable performance difference?
also, the 6850 is pci-e 2.1, and 5770 is pci-e 2.0. so will i be able to stick in the 6850 card into a motherboard which only supports pci-e 2.0?
Need your spec's and I would spend the extra money for the 6870. Here is a link to show the difference of the 6850 & 6870 And You also can check any and all most any cards on this site. Good luck to you and a PCIe 2.1 will work in a 2.0
currently, the (reference) radeon hd 6850 is the most powerful gfx card that requires only one pcie power connector. for gaming, it is more capable than 5770 (see dm186's at comparison link).
pcie 2.1 is a minor update over 2.0, it is completely compatible with pcie 2.0 (which is almost all motherboard pcie 2.0 slot).
end performance depends on the rest of your specs. you should be able to play the listed games at high settings as long as the rest of your pc balances out the gfx card.
i want to play games on 'good' settings, something that will make me realize that i wasn't just building this new rig for nothing. I currently have an 8yo pc with a very olddddd video card. benchmarks lower than radeon 4200HD. so something that will get me a good deal on what i'm looking for. i'm not the type of gamer that will see a difference between 5 fps or between dx 10 an 11
not relevant to thread: the hp debranded monitor i was talking about was on newegg for 250$ couple of days ago. the deal says its deactivated. do you think that the deal will come back? because i cant find an hp 27" debranded led monitor on any other site, they all link to newegg.
but does anyone here actually have experience with powercolor? i looked at the reviews and such, and it says that their only problem is that they often times screw up the rebates. so there is a chance that i might have to pay 150$ instead of 120.
and rmpumper, i understand that the benchmarks are much better on the 6850, but do you actually see the difference?