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Radeon 7850: Do I really need it?

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May 31, 2012 4:09:10 AM

Well, I've been looking at graphics cards lately and I'm kind of stumped. I've been looking at the Radeon 7850 2gb but I don't think I need it. My monitor is at 1920x1080 resolution and I will play games such as Diablo 3, Steam games (Portal,TF2Ware), Elder Scrolls, and possibly some COD or Battlefield. Please advise if I could save money and get a card more suitable to my needs. I can always upgrade it later to something more powerful. Thanks for any input received.

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a b U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 4:14:02 AM

What's your current system information?
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May 31, 2012 4:20:09 AM

Give us some more info. What frame rates are you aiming for, and at what settings? The 7850 will play Skyrim and BF3 (the two most demanding games you listed) on high settings at 1080p, with around 60 fps.
Otherwise, you could step down to a 560 Ti ($230) or a 6870 ($170).
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May 31, 2012 4:23:09 AM

Au_equus said:
What's your current system information?

I've got an i5-3450 processor, Antec 450 watts PSU, 1TB HDD, Intel H77 mobo, and Corsair Vengeance 8gb ram.
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May 31, 2012 4:24:55 AM

cskoler said:
Give us some more info. What frame rates are you aiming for, and at what settings? The 7850 will play Skyrim and BF3 (the two most demanding games you listed) on high settings at 1080p, with around 60 fps.
Otherwise, you could step down to a 560 Ti ($230) or a 6870 ($170).

I am aiming for the highest settings on the games if possible. Around 40 fps minimum. If I can't always get it, I won't be heartbroken.
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a c 99 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 4:35:06 AM

What graphics card do you currently have?
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May 31, 2012 4:54:31 AM

fantastik250 said:
What graphics card do you currently have?

Just a basic Radeon 6670, I wanted to see if it could perform well enough....it hasn't really though. I can buy the 7850 with my budget I just don't know if I need to.
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May 31, 2012 5:12:16 AM

JustJAB said:
Just a basic Radeon 6670, I wanted to see if it could perform well enough....it hasn't really though. I can buy the 7850 with my budget I just don't know if I need to.

I would say the most demanding game is BF3 and on 1080p with a 6870 (which is about $150) does 40-80 FPS on the highest settings with AA on my system with a FX 8120.
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a c 99 U Graphics card
May 31, 2012 11:07:44 AM

Try to get a 6870 2GB. It's currently $219 on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it would currently play good enough for BF3. I have a 1GB version, but a 2GB version would definitely help in current generation games.
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May 31, 2012 5:20:05 PM

fantastik250 said:
Try to get a 6870 2GB. It's currently $219 on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it would currently play good enough for BF3. I have a 1GB version, but a 2GB version would definitely help in current generation games.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GTX 560 ti $269.99
This card is slightly better but also does cost core, dicide for yourself http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=330
I say get the 6870 but im just trying to open your options a bit more! (:
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June 1, 2012 2:03:52 AM

Au_equus said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
xfx 2gb 6950 for $230 ($200 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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powercolor 2gb 7850 for $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the 7850 draws roughly the same power and runs cooler than the 6870. its performance is on par of the gtx570/hd6970

No one review that card, i would not suggest getting it until it has good reviews and it looks cheap! (im talking about the 7850)
It's to cheap for a 7850 so i say DON'T GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Go ahead and buy a 2GB 6870 and you will be good. (: (1GB is all you need but 2GB can help a lot in some cases)
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June 1, 2012 2:47:25 AM

Best answer selected by JustJAB.
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a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2012 4:05:06 AM

IMO, if you're being cautious on non-reviewed cards, go for the xfx card. its just $10 more with a $30 MIR for a 6950. If you're getting a 6870, there's no benefit to the additional vram for 1 monitor setups. Stick to the 1gb if you're only running 1080p.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 1, 2012 8:51:14 AM

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