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Upgrading My GPU - Suggest the most worthy one for me! (=

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August 7, 2012 2:15:14 AM

Hi guys, today I bring the question of what the best GPU would be for my needs which are mainly gaming, right now I will list my Computer Specs for your ease of seeing :) 

Intel I7 870 2.93GHZ
8gb Ram
1tb HD
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 5750

This computer was store bought - Don't hammer me for this I was less knowledgeable and didn't want to risk myself building a computer.

The computer is a Gateway FX 6840-15e

The upgrade I have made to it so far has been a 900w Antek PSU so I'm pretty sure I got the power to run any card out there with this PSU.

Now to my main question in a few moments of more reading.
My Budget Preferably is 250$ as I worked hard for my money and want to keep some extra for the future - 17 being a painter - sheesh :??: 

Alright the question: I want a card that will set me up for good gaming on High and in some situations max settings like on Crysis 2 - Can play on High ATM with 30-60 FPS and BF3 on medium with 30-60 fps as these are my currently most demanding games owned unless GTA IV can be considered demanding which I play well on High with 35-60 fps.

The main card I have been looking at atm is on sale I guess - the Ati Radeon HD 6950 2gb - Here are the links as they are different sales on two known website retailers.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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

I'm open to other suggestions though.

I have a off topic question now that still sort of has to do with the card most likely... Which is will these would work with my Pci express slot? I don't know what the pci express version is but I called Geek Squad and he said if I bought the computer a year and a half ago it is most likely a 2.0 and most of these 3.0 2.1 cards are backwards compatible and will work with my x16 slot... So is this correct?
Thanks guys to whoever takes they're time out of their busy life to help me out (=

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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 2:28:20 AM

Pci express cards are backwards compatible with all versions of the spec back to 1.0 with an extremely limited and rare set of exceptions, so you should have no problems.

Those are fine cards. I'm a gtx 560 ti fan but if you prefer radeon those will perform similarly.

Also whoever told you to buy a 900w psu was yanking your chain unless you are going to do a massive SLI or crossfire build in the future.
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August 7, 2012 2:37:02 AM

kevin83 said:
Pci express cards are backwards compatible with all versions of the spec back to 1.0 with an extremely limited and rare set of exceptions, so you should have no problems.

Those are fine cards. I'm a gtx 560 ti fan but if you prefer radeon those will perform similarly.

Also whoever told you to buy a 900w psu was yanking your chain unless you are going to do a massive SLI or crossfire build in the future.


After looking at the 560 Ti prices there is a sale on tiger direct...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

But It only has 1gb of memory so I'm not sure how much of a influence your GPU memory has but if you say the 6950 performs similarly to the 560 ti I think I'm going to stick with the 6950 plan unless someone else puts their two cents in this thread over night, thanks ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 2:44:15 AM

I'd take a 7850 over a 6950 any day. Faster, quieter and cooler. Also has 2GB of memory.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 3:40:37 AM

Ati Radeon 7850's are quiet, fast, and cool.

Gtx 560's are from nvidia and have Physx, which is cool!

You will be satisfied with either one.
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August 7, 2012 3:46:23 AM

So am I wrong to assume 6850s are the same as 7850s and since a 6950 is a higher number then a 7800 the 6950 would be better then them?
As for nvidia I still don't know.
God I learn something new every day....
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 3:52:03 AM

With Nvidia, the Xoo is the generation.

460 series cards are better than 550 series cards.

But 560's are better than 460's.

A single 670 can do the work of 2 560's.


I'm not a fan of ATI or Radeon cards, but I'm sure its very similar.

A 7870 will do more work than a 6890.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 3:56:37 AM

The 7850 is better than the 6950, but is also much more expensive. I would pick the 6950 out of the two because the performance difference isn't worth the big price difference.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:00:37 AM

Go with the AMD 7850 2GB. As people have said, it's cool, quiet and performs the same if not better than a 6950 while using half the power. A 560ti is a nice card but from experience, it's hot, uses lots of power and is now "old" technology. The Sapphire 7850 OC should do very nicely.
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August 7, 2012 4:02:52 AM

And this 7850 Would be Backwards compatible with the pci 2.0?
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:05:04 AM

ltdjowns said:
And this 7850 Would be Backwards compatible with the pci 2.0?


Yes.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 6:02:58 AM

ltdjowns said:
So am I wrong to assume 6850s are the same as 7850s and since a 6950 is a higher number then a 7800 the 6950 would be better then them?
As for nvidia I still don't know.
God I learn something new every day....


No. The 7850 has replaced the 6850-6950 range roughly while the 7870 has replaced the 6970.
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