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April 18, 2012 4:36:45 PM

Hi
I'm building a new PC to play Diablo 3 - as mine is around 3-4 years old!
The 6850 looks to be right within my budget, but does anyone here own this card and find it to be a good performer for games such as Diablo 3/WoW (at 1440x900).

Cheers!

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April 18, 2012 4:42:33 PM

Yes, with a 6850 you could even play Diablo 3 at much bigger resolutions without any issue. Just make sure your CPU is good enough for it (pref. some 2nd or 3rd gen i5-i7)
April 18, 2012 4:47:56 PM

Will be pairing the 6850 with an i5 2400! Aslong as i can play Diablo 3, i am content!
Thanks :) 
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April 18, 2012 4:55:51 PM

Just posted this somewhere else, so I will copy and paste it here too :p 


I currently play the Diablo 3 beta. In my machine now, I have a Sapphire 6870 Flex edition. It plays it on its highest settings with no problems. The only issue I have is, this card gives snow. I can be playing and then white specs randomly pop up. Happens in SCII as well. The old GTS-450 I had never had this issue. I will be going back to an nVidia card soon.

Here is a list of cards that are supported by Blizzard for Diablo 3:
http://us.battle.net/support/en/ar [...] diablo-iii
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 4:58:39 PM

Your card may just be bad, I had a 6850 with an i5-2500k and it played diablo 3 maxed just fine. I suggest you strech your budget to the 6870 as it's an even better performer for a few bucks more ;) 
April 18, 2012 4:59:03 PM

Your current PC would very likely run D3 fine. Any video card that can perform as well or better than a Geforce 240 will work at the highest graphics settings at 1440x900. I have been running the beta for a few months and have tested from low end AMD HD video cards up to a GTX 460. Also it runs fine on the inexpensive 3 core AMD processor. I have played it on an i5 with a geforce 240 and the above AMD with serveral different video cards. Based on my experience the GPU makes a much bigger difference than the CPU.
April 18, 2012 5:45:43 PM

Reckon the upgrade from 6850 to 6870 is worth it then? I heard D3 is more CPU heavy, much truth to it?
Guessing an i5 2400 will be ample though, well hopefully!
April 18, 2012 10:18:02 PM

I just looked at a load of parts, and compiled a basket.
This is it :

Powercolor HD 6870
Intel i5 2500k
Corsair 600w psu
Z68 Gigabyte mobo
4gb ram
Artic Cooler CPU cooler

This is literally £4 within my budget. Not sure how good the new intel cpu coolers are, and whether or not they have changed from the ones that came with Core 2 Duo back in the day? If they are ok, i COULD ditch the cpu cooler and get another 4gb of ram, if it is really necessary?

What are your opinions on this set up, could i replace anything?

Cheers!
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 10:39:23 PM

if you want to get real technical, powercolor isn't the best choice of brand.
April 19, 2012 6:42:48 AM

Should i aim for a Sapphire or Asus model? I'm looking for the quietest one ideally!
a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2012 12:03:28 PM

Sapphire is my personal favourite. You should also get the 212 plus or evo Coolermaster cooler for that CPU, it grants an easy 4.5 GHz overclock and costs about 30$.
April 21, 2012 12:10:16 PM

I've just ordered everything! Should arrive soon, and cost £460!

I got

600w psu
i5 2500 CPU
6870 Sapphire OC Dual Fan
8gb Corsair Ram
Asus Motherboard
212 plus cpu cooler

Should be good, and hopefully will run Diablo 3 well!

Cheers for all your advices!
April 23, 2012 7:50:56 PM

Well only 3 more weeks till it comes out. It's a really great game. I can't wait to get past level 13.
April 23, 2012 7:57:08 PM

15th May needs to hurry up!
I literally can't wait, guessing you've been playing the beta?

Just hoping i can play it on good specs!
April 24, 2012 1:13:37 AM

diec4st said:
Your card may just be bad, I had a 6850 with an i5-2500k and it played diablo 3 maxed just fine. I suggest you strech your budget to the 6870 as it's an even better performer for a few bucks more ;) 



Maybe it's all in the interpretation, but I'm curious where you found a 6870 for "...a few bucks more" than a 6850. Everyplace I look, the difference is at least $50 and most are $100 or so. Not picking on you, but I'm shopping for a 7850 now (prices are around $250) and I'd jump on a '70 in a heartbeat if I could find one in the $260 - $270 range.

Thanks,
lunchbeast
April 24, 2012 2:49:01 PM

zoofie said:
15th May needs to hurry up!
I literally can't wait, guessing you've been playing the beta?

Just hoping i can play it on good specs!


I've been in the beta since the very start of it. I will be Ice Beaming all day soon! LOL
May 7, 2012 1:40:20 PM

Looks like it should run it perfectly.
May 7, 2012 5:05:01 PM

Not an issue at all. Even the 6850 is more than enough to enjoy d iii. I played the beta on it.

No stuttering or lag at med settings on 1080p.

Also What's your budget? And do u just plan to use it for Dili or play anythingg else
a c 106 U Graphics card
May 7, 2012 5:08:57 PM

A Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 delivers at least 30 FPS minimum at 1920x1080 using the highest quality settings, and a better card gets you over 40 FPS. Even at 2560x1600, a Radeon HD 6770 or GeForce GTX 460 192-bit card maintains minimum frame rates above 35 FPS.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...

so it apparently is a very light game
May 9, 2012 9:03:50 AM

yup that it is.... and now only a week away :) 
a b U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 12:59:44 PM

zoofie said:
Hi
I'm building a new PC to play Diablo 3 - as mine is around 3-4 years old!
The 6850 looks to be right within my budget, but does anyone here own this card and find it to be a good performer for games such as Diablo 3/WoW (at 1440x900).

Cheers!



A gtx 460 1GB can max DIII at 1920x1080. A 6850 at 1440x900 will be huge overkill if you are getting it just for DIII. Not sure about wow but the last time I played it my old Nvidia gt 120m got 60 fps on low settings at 1366x768 so I suspect a 6850 much more than is needed to max WOW at your resolution.
May 9, 2012 1:01:33 PM

yep should be
May 9, 2012 1:08:27 PM

zoofie said:
I've just ordered everything! Should arrive soon, and cost £460!

I got

600w psu
i5 2500 CPU
6870 Sapphire OC Dual Fan
8gb Corsair Ram
Asus Motherboard
212 plus cpu cooler

Should be good, and hopefully will run Diablo 3 well!

Cheers for all your advices!


Everything looks GREAT! :) 

I am glad you had chosen to integrate 8GB RAM and place your bid on ATi Sapphire 6870 - Dual Fan. That is ROCK ON!!!

a b U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:09:48 PM

Any non reference cooler is better than that big red loud fan. Should keep the card cooler and run quieter. Definitly a good choice, especially if you want to overclock it. Perhaps you should make use of that gpu and step up to a better monitor. 1920x1080 looks a lot better than 1440x900. I've got 3 1920x1080 22" LEDs and one 20"1440x900 for hardware monitoring and there really is a night and day difference between them.
May 11, 2012 2:21:15 PM

560ti 448 ....for me ...and ready for gw2 also ...
May 11, 2012 4:11:28 PM

7850 is better value than the 560 ti 448
May 11, 2012 5:05:47 PM

show me the benchmarks of 7850 vs gtx560ti 448 ...for 30 dlls more (zotac) the 448 seems better (basically is a 470 minus a few frames here and there).
a c 106 U Graphics card
May 11, 2012 5:33:22 PM

rglaredo said:
show me the benchmarks of 7850 vs gtx560ti 448 ...for 30 dlls more (zotac) the 448 seems better (basically is a 470 minus a few frames here and there).


what the radeon 78xx series has that it is a strong low power gpu with one of the easiest overclocking abilities you can get on a card. so if someone talks about using an overclocked 7850, the overclocked 7850 can surpass the base clock of a 7870, so essentially if your comparing a card in that range, the card to beat is a 7870 at stock.

this shows the 78*50 OC beating the stock 7870

Tom's recommendations mention that it is about as strong as a 570 at the least, but much lower in price and more open to overclocking then other cards are

This shows that the 560ti 448 is a bit under the 570 in performance compared to the normal 560 ti

This shows that at stock clocks, the 7850 trades blows with the 570, but is 50$ cheaper making it the better card
May 11, 2012 6:20:46 PM

+1 ^.

Fyi rglaredo.. if you getting the cards for sheer power even the 480 is a good option if you willing to OC it.

But I recco the 7850, as it basically overclocks well, runs cooler and uses less power.

May 11, 2012 7:28:48 PM

I dont see the 7850 doing well on Blizzard games on those tom's reviews ...but ok ..7850 is a good card but i trust nvidia better to run better with blizzard games ..
a c 106 U Graphics card
May 11, 2012 7:31:09 PM

rglaredo said:
I dont see the 7850 doing well on Blizzard games on those tom's reviews ...but ok ..7850 is a good card but i trust nvidia better to run better with blizzard games ..


the problem is, blizzard is not the stadard in graphics. although D3 is a blizzard game, its already confirmed that even a 6670 can easily run D3, so really its a question of performance and power consumption vs price, which the 7850 wins hands down
May 11, 2012 7:44:29 PM

Let's leave it at is..to each it own ....7850 for you ...448 for me ... :)  ....btw ...why people hate WD's on diablo? ...they are awesome ...
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