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HD 6870 good enough for build

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November 29, 2012 7:32:32 AM

Hi guys I am building a budget gaming and i want to know how good will the msi hd 6870 hawk or asus 6870 direct cu perform. I went with 6000 series because the prices on the 7000 series is ridicules here in South Africa. I might crossfire it in a month for a extra boost. Here are then rest of my specs.

intel i5 3470
msi z77a-g43
msi R6870 1gb GDDR 5 hawk twin frozr 3 or asus 6870 direct cu or sapphire hd 7770 ghz edition
8gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz
1 Tb WD HDD
DVD RW
600 watt gigabyte power rock
Raidmax super viper case

any help and personal experiences will be much appreciated.

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November 29, 2012 10:12:51 AM

My friend has a 6870, so I can tell you the benchmarks.



FX 6100 with HD 6870 Benchmarks :-

Sleeping Dogs (1920x1080 Highest possible Settings)
FPS Test = 22 FPS average

Battlefield 3 (1920x1080 Highest possible settings)
2nd mission = 24 FPS average

NFS Most Wanted 2012 (1920x1080 Highest possible settings)
Open World = 29 FPS average

It will differ in your i5 3470 (Increase performance).




***MY SUGGESTION***

Don't get a 6870, as you said you'll crossfire that means you'll have more money in future, so save now and get a GTX 660 (A little costly, but cheaper than two 6870).

My friend too said that he will Crossfire, but his GPU (HD 6870) is weak and when he'll get 2 of them, The performance of his Rig will not be able to cross my GTX 660.
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a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2012 10:20:04 AM

**My friends PC**

HIS HD 6870 x two = Rupees 13,000 x two
Total = Rupees 26,000

FX 6100


**My PC**

MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr III OC = Rupees 16,500
Total = Rupees 16,500

i5 3470

***Results***

My pc outperforms his. Why? Because he gets 38 FPS while I get 50+ Fps at average.
I spent less but got better, hence I suggest you the same.

Crossfire produces twice Heat but doesn't gives twice performance. So, get a better GPU.
I suggest a GTX 660 Twin Frozr III OC, because it is better than GTX 660 Ti (Stock).
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November 29, 2012 10:27:35 AM

I would suggest that you don't plan to crossfire in another month. Just wait and buy a better card. CrossfireX has often has driver problems when new games come out.

However, the 6870 is not a bad card. It's what I've currently got and I use it to play Skyrim, call of duty, some older Bethesda titles, and games running the Source engine. . I play all of these on high settings (not that it means much in some games).
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