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AMD RADEON 7850 vs Nvidia GTX 560 FTW+

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May 1, 2012 2:01:08 AM

Hey guys. I'm looking to return my recently purchased EVGA GTX 560 FTW+ in exchange for the newer AMD Radeon 7850. I want to know if the 7850 will fit in my current set up and if I'll need a new power supply or not.

My current set up is:
NZXT Phantom 410 mid tower case
Intel i5 2500k processor
MSI Z77 G45 motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Antec 650 PSU
WD Black Caviar 1TB
ASUS DVD drive

I paid $240 for the EVGA at fry's. I plan to get an ASUS 7850 from amazon for $260.

I'll be using this to play Diablo 3 but until that game releases I want to play Skyrim.

Thanks for the help!
May 1, 2012 2:29:02 AM

Its a much better card and runs on way less power than your 560, so you will be fine.
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May 1, 2012 2:31:24 AM

tuffluck said:
Its a much better card and runs on way less power than your 560, so you will be fine.

Thanks for the quick reply. I do believe its a better card. I just to make sure it'll fit my system. Thanks again!
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May 1, 2012 2:57:47 AM

Most of the 7850s are pretty short, most are just 8 inches long. The only one that I know that is unnaturally long is the Asus model, mostly because it reuses the cooler from the 7870.
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May 1, 2012 7:17:04 AM

vilenjan said:
Most of the 7850s are pretty short, most are just 8 inches long. The only one that I know that is unnaturally long is the Asus model, mostly because it reuses the cooler from the 7870.


So does that mean the 7870 will work with my set up too? Depending on how much money I'll have, I may just get the 7870.
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May 1, 2012 7:30:56 AM

little more for the 7870! Best performance/$ you can get! =) And yes, it will run in your rig, just go easy overclocking that 2500k ;p
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May 1, 2012 7:38:23 AM

dreadlokz said:
little more for the 7870! Best performance/$ you can get! =) And yes, it will run in your rig, just go easy overclocking that 2500k ;p


I think I've made up my mind. I am going to get a 7870. Should I upgrade my power supply? I've been thinking 650 might not be enough. I just want to be safe. Thanks for the reply. I do plan on overclocking eventually.
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May 1, 2012 3:16:49 PM

dragonsamus said:
I think I've made up my mind. I am going to get a 7870. Should I upgrade my power supply? I've been thinking 650 might not be enough. I just want to be safe. Thanks for the reply. I do plan on overclocking eventually.


with the 7950 prices $10-30 more than a 7870, the 7870 is a really terrible buy right now. either go 7850 or 7950, but don't stop in the middle with no $$ savings.
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May 1, 2012 9:45:32 PM

tuffluck said:
with the 7950 prices $10-30 more than a 7870, the 7870 is a really terrible buy right now. either go 7850 or 7950, but don't stop in the middle with no $$ savings.

Yeah, I was going to return my 560 today and wait it out for the 7870 to drop in price. I didn't even consider the 7950. I guess I'll wait and see if there's a decrease in the 7870 and if there isn't I'll probably go for the 7950.
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May 1, 2012 9:47:56 PM

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For higher power usage and a little hotter card get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would have said the 480, but it is now $300.

That's a pretty good price. I've seen them new at fry's for $279.99. But I really want a 28 nm GPU. I might wait for the new Kepler GPU so the 7870 will drop in price.
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May 1, 2012 9:54:00 PM

dragonsamus said:
Hey guys. I'm looking to return my recently purchased EVGA GTX 560 FTW+ in exchange for the newer AMD Radeon 7850. I want to know if the 7850 will fit in my current set up and if I'll need a new power supply or not.

My current set up is:
NZXT Phantom 410 mid tower case
Intel i5 2500k processor
MSI Z77 G45 motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Antec 650 PSU
WD Black Caviar 1TB
ASUS DVD drive

I paid $240 for the EVGA at fry's. I plan to get an ASUS 7850 from amazon for $260.

I'll be using this to play Diablo 3 but until that game releases I want to play Skyrim.

Thanks for the help!


The R7850 is by far a lot faster than the GTX 560 and even the 560ti it can even compare to a GTX 570 and it needs less power than the gtx 560
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May 2, 2012 6:11:20 AM

So I returned my 560 at Fry's. While I was there I saw the 7870 ($370), 7850 ($270) and the 7950 ($4780). I also saw the GTX 680 ($500).

I ended up buying the GTX 680 and buying a new Antec 900 watt power supply.

Thanks everyone for the help. :) 
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