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June 8, 2012 6:54:50 PM

Hey guys,

I currently have an xfx 5850 and it's struggling with some games (bf3, just cause 2). I want to upgrade and I'm willing to spend about $300-350.

I haven't really been keeping up with all the new graphics cards since I built my comp two years ago so I'm not sure what's good and what's not.

I heard 6970's were good and 680's if I were to go with Nvidia.

I have a phenom II 1090t, 8 gigs of ram. and 1000watt psu.

Thanks

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June 8, 2012 7:45:38 PM

ubercake said:
A GTX 570 has performance just under a Radeon 7870 for under $300:

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

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/...

It's already overclocked with a factory warranty as an overclocked card.

I'm not sure where the market is for 7850s when GTX 570s perform better for the same price.

The GTX 670 is a better option, due to it not being outdated as fast, but that would still be a good option.

Original poster, can you stretch your budget to accommodate a 670?
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June 8, 2012 8:05:29 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I like the looks of the 570. Forgot to ask whether or not any new cards/new generations are coming out soon that are worth waiting a few months for?

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June 8, 2012 8:15:03 PM

TheProudNoob said:
The GTX 670 is a better option, due to it not being outdated as fast, but that would still be a good option.

Original poster, can you stretch your budget to accommodate a 670?


Yeah I would be willing to spend a little more if the performance was there.
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June 8, 2012 8:16:50 PM

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Yeah I would be willing to spend a little more if the performance was there.


Yea, 670 is the best performer if you are willing to spend the extra. Only ~5% less performance than the 680, and highly overclockable.
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June 8, 2012 8:20:21 PM

Wait for the GTX 660 :) 
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June 8, 2012 8:31:59 PM

At what resolution you gaming, and how many screen are you using?. IMHO 7870 and 670 are very much alike. But depending on your resolution you gaming and monitors you running, you can choose 7850, 7870, or 670.

At 1680x1050 you can run pretty much any game at max on a single monitor using 7850. Also you have alot of room to OC that card. So it can even match the stock 7870. But if you gaming across multiple monitors and much higher resolution with full max out setting then you really need to go on a higher tier cards.

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June 8, 2012 8:34:02 PM

devils_advocate said:
At what resolution you gaming, and how many screen are you using?. IMHO 7870 and 670 are very much alike. But depending on your resolution you gaming and monitors you running, you can choose 7850, 7870, or 670.

At 1680x1050 you can run pretty much any game at max on a single monitor using 7850. Also you have alot of room to OC that card. So it can even match the stock 7870. But if you gaming across multiple monitors and much higher resolution with full max out setting then you really need to go on a higher tier cards.


GTX 670 is more of an equivalent of HD 7970, not HD 7870.
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June 8, 2012 8:35:38 PM

Or, you can upgrade to 120Hz, in which case you need the most graphics processing power you can get. I have a 6850 OC to ~1GHz core, and it's not good enough to run at 120fps @ 1680 x 1050 on Crysis 2 or BF3 with antialiasing.
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June 8, 2012 8:39:49 PM

devils_advocate said:
At what resolution you gaming, and how many screen are you using?. IMHO 7870 and 670 are very much alike. But depending on your resolution you gaming and monitors you running, you can choose 7850, 7870, or 670.

At 1680x1050 you can run pretty much any game at max on a single monitor using 7850. Also you have alot of room to OC that card. So it can even match the stock 7870. But if you gaming across multiple monitors and much higher resolution with full max out setting then you really need to go on a higher tier cards.


yea I'm just gaming on one 23.5" monitor so it sounds like I have a couple options. I'm going to have to look into them.
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June 8, 2012 8:45:18 PM

Sunius said:
GTX 670 is more of an equivalent of HD 7970, not HD 7870.


Oops your are right my bad. Lol dam numbers. But still, the point i was making is depending on your need/use choose the card.
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June 9, 2012 1:02:49 PM

So, if your budget is now $400, there's no question the 670 is your best bet.

You'll be hitting 60fps average or above with just about every title out there. Smooth performance with just about everything and max video detail and AA maxed:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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June 9, 2012 2:05:09 PM

yes gtx 670 always ahead
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June 9, 2012 4:13:36 PM

Is you X6 1090t overclocked? If its not, OCing it to 3.8 Ghz to 4.0 Ghz can help add some smoothness to your gameplay (regardless what you do with the GPU).
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