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July 2, 2012 9:43:07 PM

So I'm upgrading to a 26" 1080p monitor and I'm really starting to see my xfired 4850's showing their limit and I'm now looking at upgrading with about a month to a month and a half.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to upgrade my power supply along with this since what I have currently this; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What I'm wondering is 2 things, which would be best fit for the monitor and second would i need to get a new power supply?

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July 2, 2012 9:56:38 PM

The PSU is more than plenty. I have a GTX 670, it is a bit higher in price, but have a 10-20% better performance. I know that the 7950 can easily handle those settings, and the 7870 should be able to handle it as well. All matters go into your budget.
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July 2, 2012 9:58:07 PM

What is your budget? Both will do what you need them to do.
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July 2, 2012 10:09:52 PM

Alright. First I had crossfire 4850's. I upgraded to a 6950 toxic (basically a 6970) which equates to 7850 now 9 months ago. It was totally worth it. Also 4850s in crossfire are complete power hogs. any single card from the 7xxxs series will use less so no issue with the PSU.

The main game where i saw an immediate improvement at the time was Battlefield bad company 2. it never looked quite right and it messed with my game play. the upgrade was constant 60 FPS with vsync maxed out, and BF3 is great too.

A 6950 is about a 30% increase over 1GB 4850 crossfire. Part of what made a big difference for me though was mine were 512MB cards, so they really did not have the memory for 1920x1200. If that applies to you you will see an even bigger improvement not only from the extra GPU power, but also from the increased memory going to a 7870 or 7950. if the memory was not an issue probably a 50% improvement at least.

Now. if it were me. the 7870 and 7950 are pretty close price wise. I would go 7950. You get the 3 free games. you can crossfire down the road just like you did with the 4850's either way, but with the 7950 you'll be using a higher level card
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July 2, 2012 10:31:35 PM

Yeah I have the 4850 512 editions. My budget is pretty flexible if i wait for the end of this month. I'm looking towards the 7950 but I'm also looking to how my system is set up right now. The 7950 with a water block cost would put it just out of my current budget but the 7870 would be about $40 under the budget.

I'll need to get a water block for either video card which is what I'm looking at in my budget. If i have to run it with the basic cooler for a bit then flip it then that isn't an issue.

I've been using Sapphire for the past 2 computer builds that i've used but I've also used xfx and Gigabyte before.
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July 2, 2012 10:35:58 PM

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July 2, 2012 10:37:59 PM

drinkingcola86 said:
Yeah I have the 4850 512 editions. My budget is pretty flexible if i wait for the end of this month. I'm looking towards the 7950 but I'm also looking to how my system is set up right now. The 7950 with a water block cost would put it just out of my current budget but the 7870 would be about $40 under the budget.

I'll need to get a water block for either video card which is what I'm looking at in my budget. If i have to run it with the basic cooler for a bit then flip it then that isn't an issue.

I've been using Sapphire for the past 2 computer builds that i've used but I've also used xfx and Gigabyte before.


I run a 7870 on maximum voltage sometimes for benchmarks and have never seen it get over 70C. I'm not sure if water cooling is even necessary for these newer cards...
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July 2, 2012 10:48:09 PM

stickg1 said:
I run a 7870 on maximum voltage sometimes for benchmarks and have never seen it get over 70C. I'm not sure if water cooling is even necessary for these newer cards...


In all honesty I know your probably right with not having to water cool it. Just used to the lack of fan noise which is why I'm not looking at buying the water block for a bit. But is there a suggestion on 7950's or 7870's?
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July 2, 2012 11:18:28 PM

drinkingcola86 said:
Yeah I have the 4850 512 editions. My budget is pretty flexible if i wait for the end of this month. I'm looking towards the 7950 but I'm also looking to how my system is set up right now. The 7950 with a water block cost would put it just out of my current budget but the 7870 would be about $40 under the budget.

I'll need to get a water block for either video card which is what I'm looking at in my budget. If i have to run it with the basic cooler for a bit then flip it then that isn't an issue.

I've been using Sapphire for the past 2 computer builds that i've used but I've also used xfx and Gigabyte before.


I have never gone water cooling. my sapphire 6950 toxic (my understanding is sapphire is one of if not THE main amd partner)does get a little loud at load, but I am in game, so speakers are up and I don't notice. the 7xxxs are less heat and power so I'd think the stock cooling should be fine.

if you want the waterblock that makes total sense if you are set up with watercooling already. nothing wrong with the 7850 or 7870. they can both rock 1080p and crossfire later. there's some value with the free games with the 7950 that balances it out, but if you don't want any of those games and want to watercool.... I say its personal preference.

FYI 7870 TDP is about 130W. 4850 is 110W. looking at your PSU I don't think you'd have any issue crossfiring in a year or 2
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July 2, 2012 11:22:58 PM

my sapphire 7870 is practically silent. Especially compared to the 6950 crossfire I ran with single fan XFX boards. The sapphire is selling new right right for $309 on newegg. But with this on sale for $339 its kind of hard to even make the argument for a 7870.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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