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June 13, 2012 5:32:21 PM

I have a question about: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-125-...

I am planning on buying it with this PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-...) and was wondering about some of the reviews.

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People were stating things like:

Driver issues. I tried the most recent (12.4) drivers and there were TONS of screen flickers. Updated to the 12.6 beta which made it seem to go away, but in random situations flickers still happened. Installed the drivers off the CD and have had no problems. I'm hoping that updated drivers come out to deal with the issue, however, this is probably the last time I buy a video card from ATI.

the cons of this card was screen flickering caused by driver issues. which isn't gigabyte fault therefore no egg were removed. to fix this problem download the catalyst 12.6 beta. Though having trouble overclocking eventually got it to work using msi afterburner


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I was wondering if this really pertained to me? I am somewhat of a newbie when it comes to hardware, but I have checked many forums and I am pretty positive this is what I want. I don't quite know how to install the card, but do have a guide (http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02255267.pdf) and a few friends who could help me install the card, which should be fairly simple. I'm no idiot, so I know right from wrong.

I was just wondering if there is anything I need to think about first here and pay attention to before I purchase.

Thank you.


Note: I plan on using this for gaming on Guild Wars 2 at some of the highest graphics settings, flawlessly.

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June 13, 2012 5:48:33 PM

That PSU is fine. I'd go for a super-clocked GTX 570 for $10 more though:

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

You'll get performance just under a 7870 (which is 15-20% better performance in most games than that of the 7850) using a GTX 570 for $10 more:

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

This review shows performance with a stock GTX 570 in the comparisons. The superclocked 570 in the link above will put you at or above 7870 performance.
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June 13, 2012 5:59:49 PM

Really, I don't know anything about clocking or super-clocked. If it's that much better for $10 more, I should probably buy it then.
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June 13, 2012 6:04:45 PM

phomatic said:
Really, I don't know anything about clocking or super-clocked. If it's that much better for $10 more, I should probably buy it then.

Superclocked is basically a CPU 'clocked' higher than the stock specification that was performed at the factory and carries a full factory warranty.

They will usually carry performance 5-10% better than the stock performance shown in the reviews. It's a good deal.
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June 13, 2012 6:14:57 PM

Why would you do that though? Wouldn't that put your card at risk?

Also, with this card you linked me, will I need to worry about any updates or something like posted in that other card's reviews?
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June 13, 2012 6:29:08 PM

phomatic said:
Why would you do that though? Wouldn't that put your card at risk?

Also, with this card you linked me, will I need to worry about any updates or something like posted in that other card's reviews?

The factory will superclock those GPUs it finds are tolerant to it. As a result, it doesn't put it at risk.

I do have to apologize, though. I didn't realize the first card I recommended was refurbed. Here's a stock clock 570 with a lifetime warranty:

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

I wouldn't recommend the refurbed. This one is only $15 more than the 7850 and will perform like that 570 you saw in the review I linked.

Also, the GTX 570 won't have the problem with updates you saw in the reviews for the other card. Nvidia is really good about distributing well-functioning drivers.
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June 13, 2012 6:37:00 PM

So this has a lifetime warranty? So if anything goes wrong I can get it replaced for free, correct?
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June 13, 2012 6:43:55 PM

Also, will this card do okay with my cpu?

I have: AMD Phenom II X4 945 at 3ghz
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June 13, 2012 6:52:49 PM

It will be fine with your CPU. It is also one of the last of the EVGAs to continue to carry this warranty. You'll probably replace it well before it will ever die on you, but it's nice to have the reassurance in case something does happen. Also, EVGA is well-known for their customer support.

One thing to think about for the future though is most online games tend to put a lot of stress on your CPU. Any upgrade to your motherboard/CPU will help improve your performance with this type of game as well. I'm thinking an i5-2500/Z68 motherboard combo of some type.
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June 13, 2012 6:59:18 PM

Alright thanks for all of the help!

I will be looking into a new cpu/motherboard in the upcoming year or so.
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June 13, 2012 6:59:30 PM

Best answer selected by phomatic.
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