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Looking for a card for diablo 3. budget $150

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July 12, 2012 7:03:56 PM


I am looking to upgrade my gpu so i can run diablo at high settings. Thinking about this card .XFX HD6870 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card . Will that card work with my system??

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week..Soon BUDGET RANGE: USD $150 Before / After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming Diablo 3..battlefield.. skyrim

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: intel onboard Antec 600W PSU - without this info, it's really hard to help you)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: make/model of CPU: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Intel H77 1155 Motherboard , Intel Core i3 2100 Box Socket 1155, 4gb memory , Cooler Master Elite 311 ATX case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com -Frys )

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open for suggestion

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe -MAYBE

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) ALL

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would like to run most game at high or ultra if possible.

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a b U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 7:14:59 PM

Your monitor resolution cannot be "ALL". You have one monitor. What is its resolution?

Whether you'll be able to run games at high or ultra settings depends on your monitor resolution and the number of frames per second that you consider acceptable. Personally, I demand 60fps, and I'll lower my settings as far as I have to to make that happen. If you're happy with 30, then yes, you'll be able to "run games", even the most demanding ones, at ultra settings on 1920x1080.
If you, like me, want 60fps, you will achieve high but not ultra settings in the most demanding games.
Don't worry about Diablo 3, though. It's actually not graphically demanding at all. You'll have no trouble maxing it.

That card is the right one for your budget, assuming you're OK with $155 after its rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 12, 2012 7:15:32 PM

Try looking at this Tom's hardware article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Unfortunately, you won't be able to run the newer games at high or ultra quality with that budget. According to the TH article, if you go with the Radeon 7770 (for $125-ish), you'll get "good 1920x1200 performance in most games, some with lowered detail"

You could also go with the gtx 560 for similar performance.

At exactly $150, you could take the radeon 6850 and you'd get slightly better performance, "good 1920x1200 performance in most games" according to the TH article.

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July 12, 2012 7:19:54 PM

thanks for the quick replies. this is the monitor i have SAMSUNG B2430H 24" Widescreen LCD PC Monitor. I will mostly run the resolution at 1920x1080. the gtx560 is a lil over my budget. is it worth the extra $50 to get the gtx560 over the gtx550ti?
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July 12, 2012 7:21:23 PM

thanks i'm going to check out that article
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July 12, 2012 7:22:41 PM

yes, i have a gtx 560 my self and i play BF3 @ High setings at 1080p and Diablo 3 & Skyrim I max out easily. I would highly recommend it.
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July 12, 2012 7:34:02 PM

It's basically a tossup between the 560 and the 6870. This is a new thing, as the 560 used to have the same performance and a higher price. Right now, though, you might as well flip a coin. You can get both for around $150-160, and they have virtually identical performance. The 6870 does use around 50W less, though (source: Tom's GTX 560 review), so you may want to go that way if you pay your own power bills.
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