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July 24, 2012 12:30:07 AM

So, I bought a 6850 to get me by on most of my games, but I don't have a lot to spend so I'm wondering what card is the best bang for your buck right now...

I can spend up to $250, I'm looking to run BF3 on High to ultra with 60 FPS at a constant rate, Crysis, and Metro 2033, ArmA II.

CPU: Phenom II 960T X4 3.00 GHz
Ram: 8 GB DDR3 Ram
GPU: Radeon HD 6850
OS: Windows 7 64 bit Home edition
PSU: Corsair 600w builder series

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July 24, 2012 12:40:16 AM

Up to about 250, try a 7850. If you can get a deal on either the 7850 or 7870, those are your best bets.

Otherwise, you can try Nvidia's last generation 570/580. They are sometimes on sale for a heavy discount. Be aware that they require a lot more power to run, so while your PSU is okay for that, your cooling may need some refining (hidden costs with fans, etc).
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July 24, 2012 12:53:47 AM

Maxx_Power said:
Up to about 250, try a 7850. If you can get a deal on either the 7850 or 7870, those are your best bets.

Otherwise, you can try Nvidia's last generation 570/580. They are sometimes on sale for a heavy discount. Be aware that they require a lot more power to run, so while your PSU is okay for that, your cooling may need some refining (hidden costs with fans, etc).


I was thinking about the 570, I am more of an nVidia Fanboy... since so far AMD drivers are broken for me...


The 570 is 21 bucks more than 250, but I can squeeze that in.

So either the 7850 or 570.
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July 24, 2012 12:58:59 AM

Thecrazygame13 said:
I was thinking about the 570, I am more of an nVidia Fanboy... since so far AMD drivers are broken for me...


The 570 is 21 bucks more than 250, but I can squeeze that in.

So either the 7850 or 570.


Yep. Your inclination to go with the 570 is fine. Just know that the two biggest differences between the 7850 and 570 is that the 7850 is a lot more power frugal, and the 570 is one generation older. Performance wise in games, your computer will be CPU limited at 1080p before you'll be GPU limited at that resolution for MOST games.
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July 24, 2012 1:02:03 AM

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July 24, 2012 1:02:28 AM

Maxx_Power said:
Yep. Your inclination to go with the 570 is fine. Just know that the two biggest differences between the 7850 and 570 is that the 7850 is a lot more power frugal, and the 570 is one generation older. Performance wise in games, your computer will be CPU limited at 1080p before you'll be GPU limited at that resolution for MOST games.



I don't have a 1920x1080 monitor.

Im at 1440x900, and that's fine with me.
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