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The dilemma: 7850 or 7870

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Which card do I get?

Total: 9 votes (4 blank votes)

  • MSI Twin Razr 7850
  • 40 %
  • Asus DirectCUII 7850
  • 20 %
  • Save 2 extra weeks for a 7870
  • 40 %
  • You're crazy...get a different card
  • 0 %
July 25, 2012 1:59:27 PM

Hey everyone!

I've got my new PC build down (sub $1,000 – no monitor, storage HDD, or mouse/keyboard needed).
It will be used heavily for gaming and some use with the Adobe Suite (probably 75/25%).

I'm in a dilemma about which GPU to get. I already read too many threads on the 460 vs 7850 and opted the less heat and a newer board (drivers will get better) idea. I plan on crossfiring this in the future and know the PSU will need an upgrade, but it's up to a year before I do that.


To be purchased in a week:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $875.90

- Will run at 1920x1080max.
- May crossfire, but could be a year down the road (I'll purchase a new PSU then if need be).
- I'll consider holding off on the GPU and buying it 2 weeks after my rig to get a the 7870 if its that much better.


Solid 7850s that are proven to overclock well:
Asus 7850
MSI Twin Razr 7850

The cheapest 7870 I could find (with lack of reviews):
HIS 7870


After that they jump to at least $280+

What should I do?

More about : dilemma 7850 7870

July 25, 2012 2:36:08 PM

Thanks! But it says that rebate ends on 7/31/12 and I won't order until 8/1 or 8/2. Do those just renew? Or will it be gone =(

I'm also afraid of cards that don't have many reviews. Why would that one be priced so low?
!