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Solid video card sub $200?

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January 31, 2012 6:26:08 PM

So I have been looking through reviews of numerous cards and can't really decide on which one to get.

I currently have a 4850 which I got 2 years ago and to my surprise still performs well above average on most new games. Best card I have had in a long time and it was only 70$ at the time.

I only play swtor at the moment and I do heavy 3D work when not gaming. I can run swtor at 1920x1080 with bloom off, shadows low and everything else maxed just fine at about ~30fps and the occasional studder in high pop areas. The rest of my computer is fine (oc'd i5, 16gb 1600 ddr3, 120gb ssd's in raid with two 250gb backup drives) I am just getting the feeling that my gpu will start to underperform and bottleneck my system before too long or will crap out on me in the next year.

I normally have no issues picking out parts that will last me a long time in between upgrades, but I don't really read up on new parts until its upgrade time. All the cards these days seem to have minimal deviations in performance between the different models. I don't really have a budget constraint per se, but I'm not a kid anymore so $400 cards aren't really my cup of tea when budget ones perform well enough for me and I do have bills to pay.

So onto my question: Which card will perform the best at or under $200 (maybe slightly above if there is a big gain performance wise or a solid rebate)?

Things to keep in mind:
I run dual monitors 1920x1080 and 1280x1024 (feel like amd does better with this). I only game on the 1920x1080 one.
I game a fair amount, but also do heavy 3D production (zbrush, 3ds Max. Again feel like amd is better for this, but would love to hear of any nvidia users that use these apps)
I have a 460w psu that I don't mind upgrading if need be (suggestions for cheap upgrades are always welcome).
Great OC capability is something I would like.

Been looking at 560's, 550's 460's, 6950's, 6870's and just saw newegg has a 6770 for 89$ after rebate. Any and all suggestions are much appreciated and explanations as to why would be great.


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January 31, 2012 7:35:02 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/star-wars-gaming-te...

Dunno if you can add 40$, but the 6950 is an AWESOME price/performance card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., and the 1GB version is almost as good as the 2GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., 6950 possibly THE BEST Price/Performance card out now, 229$ with rebates, no big difference between 2gb and 1gb version either, has a great cooler too, gives good overclocking capabilities!
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January 31, 2012 8:23:57 PM

Thanks for the replies! I'll read up on those options when I'm off work and have time.

$240 is no problem for the 6950, I would imagine I would have to upgrade my psu which makes it less of an attractive option though because I would probably end up spending $300+ in the end. I will definitely check it out more.

As far as a 6870 vs a 6950, what's the performance gain?

I'll also give the 560 another glance.

Wish I didnt have to upgrade my psu, but I imagine 460w isn't going to cut it with any of these, especially since I will oc it.
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January 31, 2012 8:41:51 PM

ronalddregan said:
As far as a 6870 vs a 6950, what's the performance gain?


Some tests: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=331,
http://www.hwcompare.com/6107/radeon-hd-6870-vs-radeon-...

But now seeing you can save almost 70$ buying the 6870, I think it is more priceworthy, looking at the benchmarking. Just make sure you get one with a sweet cooler and then you have OCing headroom.

But then again, new 77xx and 78xx series will be arriving within 1 month, if you can wait I think they will land at reasonable prices, and they will be alot better!
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February 1, 2012 1:15:15 AM

LtnCharles said:
Some tests: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=331,
http://www.hwcompare.com/6107/radeon-hd-6870-vs-radeon-...

But now seeing you can save almost 70$ buying the 6870, I think it is more priceworthy, looking at the benchmarking. Just make sure you get one with a sweet cooler and then you have OCing headroom.

But then again, new 77xx and 78xx series will be arriving within 1 month, if you can wait I think they will land at reasonable prices, and they will be alot better!


I'm in no rush so I might as well wait and see how they do once they come out. Unless of course I see a deal that is too good to pass up. Thanks for the input!
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February 1, 2012 1:20:43 AM

6870, you can get a sapphire 6870 for $145 on newegg.
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February 1, 2012 9:06:19 AM

FYI, here's something that might interest you:
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February 3, 2012 8:27:26 PM

Thanks for the launch roadmap, can't wait to see some reviews. I'm hoping the 7750/7770 will have a decent price to performance ratio.
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February 3, 2012 9:48:04 PM

I got a 6770 for 65 pounds

eat that
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February 3, 2012 11:19:09 PM

tracker45 said:
I got a 6770 for 65 pounds

eat that


Well seeing how newegg had it for 89$ or 56 pounds, I don't think I will. Your post doesn't really help anyone...
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February 4, 2012 1:19:25 AM

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February 4, 2012 7:16:13 AM

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