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New GFX card for my diablo 3 pc

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May 6, 2012 2:34:08 AM

Hello. I plan to build my own pc for diablo 3. I want it to run smoothly and without any trouble on the highest settings. I have my CPU and my motherboard down so far, so now I am looking for a GFX card. I have narrowed it down to 3 options. Which one is the best for the money and which would you recommend?

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

GFX card 1: Sapphire 11199-00-20G HD7870 2GB GDDR5, price 2455 DKK

GFX card 2: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5, price 1729 DKK

GFX card 3: eVGA GeForce GTX 560 (1 GB), price 1313 DKK

Any answers are highly appreciated :-)

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May 6, 2012 2:41:25 AM

The 7870 would be the fastest card there but the gtx 560 would run the game better since blizzard games are notorious for favoring Nvidia cards. Plus its cheaper by over 1000 DKK what ever that currency is.
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May 6, 2012 2:47:10 AM

Agree with above, for diablo 3 the amount of vram wont matter, not to mention DKK pricing is off the roof compared to usd, the 7850 is $300 usd, the 7870 is $400 usd, then the 560 is equivalent of about $220 usd, so go for the 560 definitely, although i have one question, what is the pricing of a 560 Ti?, because if its only a little more then go for that, but not if its more than the 7850
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May 6, 2012 3:13:19 AM

The 560 Ti is about 1600, is it worth the upgrade?
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May 6, 2012 3:25:40 AM

I would say no at that price, Diablo 3 should run fine with the 560 anyways, is there any particular reason you want an Ivy-Bridge i5?, because a 2500K would be fine as well and then you dont have to worry about having the chance of problems that come with newer chips sometimes, and there isnt really much of an advantage the 3570K has over the 2500K, especially if you plan on overclocking, since apparently the ivy-bridge cpus get hotter than sandy bridge sometimes, which means you could overclock the 2500k to be better than a 3570K, i also do not know the price difference between the 2500K and 3570K where you live
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May 6, 2012 3:31:52 AM

found sites for denmark, apparently the price difference between the two is about the same of the price difference in USD, which isnt a lot, so the cpu thing is up to you but if you plan on overclocking i definitely recommend the 2500K, the only big advantage of ivy-bridge is the Intel HD graphics 4000, which obviously doesnt matter to you
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May 6, 2012 3:38:12 AM

I just built myself a new rig and I just have a Galaxy GTS 250 card until Nvidia releases more of their 6xx series. Anyway my GTS 250 runs WoW at max settings and only slightly stutters with shadows at ultra and 16x aa. Shadows at good, 8x aa and it's between 80-112 FPS. In short pick up the GTX 560 instead of the radeon cards. My previous build had a 5870 powerhouse and it ran Crysis 2 better than WoW.
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May 6, 2012 4:17:46 AM

I have no plan of overclocking, so no worries there :) 

Thank you for the answers, I'm gonna go with the 560!
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May 6, 2012 4:25:50 AM

didia said:
Hello. I plan to build my own pc for diablo 3. I want it to run smoothly and without any trouble on the highest settings. I have my CPU and my motherboard down so far, so now I am looking for a GFX card. I have narrowed it down to 3 options. Which one is the best for the money and which would you recommend?

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

GFX card 1: Sapphire 11199-00-20G HD7870 2GB GDDR5, price 2455 DKK

GFX card 2: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5, price 1729 DKK

GFX card 3: eVGA GeForce GTX 560 (1 GB), price 1313 DKK

Any answers are highly appreciated :-)

I would have thought the 7850 is a far better choice, futureproof. The 5xx series is soon to be superseded in any case. I would have considered the 7850 better value.
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May 6, 2012 4:37:52 AM

absorber said:
I would have thought the 7850 is a far better choice, futureproof. The 5xx series is soon to be superseded in any case. I would have considered the 7850 better value.

did you see the pricing?, not worth it in my mind, especially, as said above blizzard favors nvidia so there could be retarded problems with a amd card
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May 6, 2012 4:53:02 AM

The 7850 would be more future proof since it supports a newer architecture but it probably wouldn't be as good FPS wise as the 560 in Diablo 3. Now if he was aiming for other games with this mix i would recommend the 7850 since its going to be better overall in all games except the 560 in diablo 3
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May 6, 2012 5:02:08 AM

ha, i just upgraded my rig. i got the i5-3570k as well, but went with the ASUS P8Z77-V LK Mother Board. i actually just posted almost the same question last night about which gpu. I was leaning towards the 560, and im leaning to the 560 even more now. as they said Blizz favors Nvidia cards
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May 6, 2012 5:04:37 AM

ive seen reviews on your board u got there, its actually prolly a tad better than my board for the money. but ive always used Asus and never had issues so i stuck with them again

btw, what memory did you go with and how many gb's?
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May 6, 2012 5:42:28 AM

I am going with Corsair LP Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Memory Module Kit for rams I think :) 
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May 6, 2012 5:55:50 AM

oh u havent gotten yet, can i suggest something, i went with 1600 g skill rijsaw, but if i was you id seriously spend the few extra bucks and go with the 2133 ripjaw series. i rethought my actions after my set up.
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May 6, 2012 6:05:34 AM

Explain ? :D  I am a newbie here, are the ones I have chosen not good?
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May 6, 2012 6:24:54 AM

cosair is a good brand, i just have more experience with g skill. idk what kinda clearance room u have between ur memory & cpu fan. does ur cpu fan or heat sink hang above the memory? if u go with lp memory u shouldnt have to worry at all so i guess easiest thing for you to do is keep with lp memory since ur newer at this.
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May 6, 2012 7:49:14 AM

matter37 said:
did you see the pricing?, not worth it in my mind, especially, as said above blizzard favors nvidia so there could be retarded problems with a amd card

I know the pricing well, I'm planning on getting a 7850 at some point in the future...

I think in the longer term he'd be happier with the 7850, beacuse it will beat the 560 at almost any other game. Of course, that presumes he's interested in playing non-blizzard games.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/543?vs=549

Having a look at the benchmarks, the 7850 would also use slightly less power.
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May 6, 2012 8:21:05 AM

absorber said:
I know the pricing well, I'm planning on getting a 7850 at some point in the future...

I think in the longer term he'd be happier with the 7850, beacuse it will beat the 560 at almost any other game. Of course, that presumes he's interested in playing non-blizzard games.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/543?vs=549

Having a look at the benchmarks, the 7850 would also use slightly less power.


Not just blizzard, Bf3 and crysis 2 are also examples of nvidia being better optimised.

Plus another consideration is that in future you can turn the nvidia card for use solely for physics. Old radeons are only well worth crying about the sunk money :D 

That said, my personal favourite on pure price performance (and cooling and psu needs) basis would still be 7850

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May 6, 2012 8:28:32 AM

imo to whatever currency dkk is but it's similar to my local stores prices.

go with nvidia as you know blizzard just love nvidia and so does bf3 and crysis 2 but amd ain't that bad, not like the game will not run if you use amd
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May 6, 2012 6:42:05 PM

To the guy who said 2133mhz memory is better for the price. Nope it isn't you get maybe maybe a 0.001% performance increase and unless your doing video rendering or running a server it will not matter from anything above 1600mhz. Read the benchmarks first before saying 2133mhz is better for gaming for the price.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/quad-channel-ddr3-m...
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