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August 19, 2012 4:14:07 PM

Hi, I'm looking to play Battlefield 3 with at least 60 fps on average. This includes playing online multiplayer on large maps. I will be gaming at a resolution of 1650x1080 at 60 hertz. Ideally I'd like at least high settings. The extra eye candy like AA etc I'm not really fussed about.

Finally, noise is an issue for me so I've been looking at the Asus and possibly Sapphire variants. These are the cards I've been looking at but not sure which fits my needs.

Asus 560 ti
Is this card too old already going forward?

Sapphire 7850
I've been reading that there have been screen flickering and driver issues so I'm not sure if these have been resolved.

Sapphire 7870
Driver issues same as 7850?

Asus 660 ti
Possibly overpriced in terms of bang for buck?

Asus 670
Overkill? But better bang for buck?

650/660
Are these cards worth considering and waiting for?

Thanks in advance.
August 19, 2012 4:22:22 PM

i believe driver issues are mostly in crossfire mode. well if i am wrong feel free to correct me
choose card that is same brand as your motherboard, should have the less problems.
Asus 670
Overkill? But better bang for buck?
- i would go for overkill,rather wait month and buy something you can live with for 2-3 years rather then be sorry that you didnot payed 30 bucks more

thank you
revro
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August 19, 2012 4:26:02 PM

The card and mobo DO NOT have to be the same brand. You are not at that high of resolution - will this be upgraded? Basically get the best card you can afford. HD7850 GHTx660Ti or a GTX670 if you can afford it. BTW what is your power supply - brand and model.
-Bruce
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August 19, 2012 4:26:33 PM

Funny none of the 7850 reviews I've read mention anything about flickering or driver issues.
August 19, 2012 4:28:31 PM

off course they dont have to have same brand, but you could possibly avoid incompatibility as companies tend to test their own parts in their own ecosystem for best perfomance and stability

best
revro
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August 19, 2012 4:31:44 PM

I will say the worst i have ever gotton on my sapphire 7850 was pink water artifacting(for like split seconds) in the water texture in starcraft 2 and thats it.
August 19, 2012 5:36:00 PM

dish_moose said:
The card and mobo DO NOT have to be the same brand. You are not at that high of resolution - will this be upgraded? Basically get the best card you can afford. HD7850 GHTx660Ti or a GTX670 if you can afford it. BTW what is your power supply - brand and model.
-Bruce

It is unlikely that I will be upgrading my monitor any time soon as it adequately serves my purposes.

I don't have a budget so preferably I'd like to keep the costs kept to a minimal as long as my requirements are met. Here in Aus the prices are $255AU for the HD7850, $400 for the 660 ti and $500 for the 670.

With that said I'm happy to purchase a 670. However would it be a better option to buy a HD7850 for half the price and save $250 to upgrade sooner? I'd just assume a 670 would last longer but how much longer i'm not sure.
August 19, 2012 5:51:51 PM

670 would be good futureproofing as its enough to run single monitor maxed out. and in future you might just lover details or aa a little and you are a go

best
revro
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August 19, 2012 11:18:03 PM

A 7770 should easily do the job if all you want to play it at is high.
August 19, 2012 11:29:15 PM

I think the 7870 will fit your needs. Its performance is similar to the 660ti. But you did not mention its price
August 20, 2012 2:45:15 PM

songorocosongo said:
I think the 7870 will fit your needs. Its performance is similar to the 660ti. But you did not mention its price

A 7870 is roughly $340AU. However a 7950 is only $360AU
So i'd only really be considering the 7850 $250, 7950 $360, 660ti $400 and $670 $495.

As for the 7770 I didn't think it was enough considering tomshardware's review showed that card could only max out at 50fps on Battlefield 3 with a resolution of 1680x1050, no AA and settings on high. Add in multiplayer and large maps and I assume it would only get lower from there.
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August 20, 2012 2:55:09 PM

I wonder why is it so overpriced to get an nvidia card outside of the U.S. the 7950 the 660ti is no where near 40$ better than the 7950, they are relatively equal.
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