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Looking for opinions on a GPU for my new build.

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April 27, 2012 8:13:43 AM

i recently built a new computer, and am now looking to outfit it with a new GPU. i dont need anything super high end and am looking in the $150 range. my plan when building the computer was to kind of find a balance between price and performance, and am carrying that attitude over to my decision making process on the GPU. i think i have come to a tenative decision but i am curious as to what many of your opinions might be. i am going to do some light gaming for the time being (i anticipate a lot of Diablo 3), but i may do more in the future. havent really computer gamed in a while do to my computer i just replaced being rather old. this is the build as it stands right now:

Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 mobo (supports crossfirex)
8 GB corsair DDR3 1333mhz ram
patriot pyro 120gb SSD
intel core i5-2500
Ultra LSP 550w PSU
windows 7 ultimite 64

right now i am using a spare 32inch 720p lcd tv as my monitor, may upgrade to a full 1080 monitor at some point

i am kinda looking at the radeon 6850's right now, maybe a 6870, but i am really not sure that it is worth the price increase when i consider the fact that i can OC the 6850 to a 6870. i am not really looking at the geforce cards at all for the obvious reason that my mobo supports crossfire. which i may or may not do in the future, but would like to keep the option open. that is, unless, there are enough compelling reasons to go with a geforce anyways. what are some of your thoughts?

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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 8:23:59 AM

1080p you should not have to crossfire or sli to be honest.gtx 480 would do a nice job for that rig at 1080.If your looking for a newer gen card then a gtx 560 ti 448 core is a good option also.The 6850 on the ati side would do good also but if i were doing your setup with 1080p id go with a 6950 on the ati side or a gtx 480 on nvidia side.
a c 84 U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 10:23:45 AM

the hd 6850 would be an good choice if you wanna keep it under $150.:) 

the hd 6870 would be an best card of its price and even it will suite your rig you can play any game with the resolution of 1080p with some aa with no lag it will give you about 30-40+fps in games which will be good enough if u r not an hardcore gamer for brand sapphire would be the one for the price and performance ratio sapphire cards gives performance over price.

for hd 6850 this one.

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

review.

http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item/21971-sapphire-hd-...

for hd 6870 this one with good cooling and all over performance.:) 

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

review:- http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-6870-iceq-x-tu...

in my opinion it would be better to go with hd 6870 and pay some more for better performance.:) 
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 3:25:36 PM

6850 and 6870 both are very solid card. If you tell me 6850 can OC to 6870 level, 6870 can OC to near 560 Ti level. If you like to save your money, get the 6850, if not, 6870 :) .
April 27, 2012 5:57:24 PM

sunnk said:
the hd 6850 would be an good choice if you wanna keep it under $150.:) 

the hd 6870 would be an best card of its price and even it will suite your rig you can play any game with the resolution of 1080p with some aa with no lag it will give you about 30-40+fps in games which will be good enough if u r not an hardcore gamer for brand sapphire would be the one for the price and performance ratio sapphire cards gives performance over price.

for hd 6850 this one.

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

review.

http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item/21971-sapphire-hd-...

for hd 6870 this one with good cooling and all over performance.:) 

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

review:- http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-6870-iceq-x-tu...

in my opinion it would be better to go with hd 6870 and pay some more for better performance.:) 


those are actually the 2 specific ones i was looking at lol. mostly because of a lot of positive reviews as well as being reasonably well priced compared to others brands of the same model.

refillable, i did think about that, however i have heard that the 6870 isnt really that great for overclocking and that 6850 was better for that. anyone with any personal knowledge on that that might know for sure?
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 5:59:42 PM

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1080p you should not have to crossfire or sli to be honest.gtx 480 would do a nice job for that rig at 1080.If your looking for a newer gen card then a gtx 560 ti 448 core is a good option also.The 6850 on the ati side would do good also but if i were doing your setup with 1080p id go with a 6950 on the ati side or a gtx 480 on nvidia side.

Exactly, good call! :) 
April 28, 2012 4:13:35 AM

Quote:
1080p you should not have to crossfire or sli to be honest.gtx 480 would do a nice job for that rig at 1080.If your looking for a newer gen card then a gtx 560 ti 448 core is a good option also.The 6850 on the ati side would do good also but if i were doing your setup with 1080p id go with a 6950 on the ati side or a gtx 480 on nvidia side.


those would both be solid cards, but they are just a little bit out of my price range at the moment. so im still leaning towards the 6850 or the 6870.
a c 84 U Graphics card
April 28, 2012 6:46:15 AM

gator9782 said:
those are actually the 2 specific ones i was looking at lol. mostly because of a lot of positive reviews as well as being reasonably well priced compared to others brands of the same model.

refillable, i did think about that, however i have heard that the 6870 isnt really that great for overclocking and that 6850 was better for that. anyone with any personal knowledge on that that might know for sure?


no the hd 6870 is also a good overclocker which can overclock to hd 6950 or 560ti level the thing is that the brand you choose should have a good overclocking ability that the his iceq has so it would be better to go ahead and buy an hd 6870.:) 
March 31, 2013 11:50:44 AM

Look at radeon 7770. Cheaper than a 6850 and performs about the same. Im on my phone so im not gonna post any benchmarks. Or you could try a new 650ti boost. Just some more options. 650 ti boost is ~160$ and a radeon 7770 is ~110$ to 140$ depending. I have a radeon 7770 in my gf's conputer and it uns star wars the old republic 1080p max settings at 4xaa at at least 40fps, runs black ops 2 max settings (not sure of frames), it also runs bf3 at max settings smoothly (also unsure of these frames) she plays other games aswell but im not sure what games or how they perform.

The 6850 is also a strong card though. Like i said just throwing out options.
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