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7850... 2GB worth the added price?..

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December 1, 2012 1:43:11 AM

Basically, I have a few scenarios in which I have to know what the better path to take would be..

1.) HD 7850 1GB, or the 2GB version? Is the extra 1 GB going to help enough for the money it costs?
(I see a lot of the 2GB versions going for about $230, 1 GB versions about $170, is $60 really worth 1 GB?).

2.) If I were to go for the 2GB version of the HD 7850, would it be wiser instead to go for the HD 7870 1GB?
They are on around the same price ($220-$240 average).

I appreciate any opinions, fire away!

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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 1:47:41 AM

if you're playing below 1600 resolution get the 1gig. games chew up vram terrible. swapping textures makes "stutter" when offloading if not enough vram is there. if you're playing in DX10 or 11 it's worse.
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 1:56:13 AM

Short answer, yes it's worth the extra $15
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 1:57:07 AM

Definitely recommend at least 2 gigs if you are going to play modern or future titles like Skyrim or BF3, get a 7870 2 gig 7870 for around 220. Any less for those games and you would have to play them on reduced quality.
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December 1, 2012 2:08:14 AM

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December 1, 2012 2:10:31 AM

combine1237 said:
Definitely recommend at least 2 gigs if you are going to play modern or future titles like Skyrim or BF3, get a 7870 2 gig 7870 for around 220. Any less for those games and you would have to play them on reduced quality.

7870 2gb edition for $220? I have only seen that sort of price after rebate, and I have never used a rebate, is it difficult/unreliable?
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 2:25:31 AM

brayvinn said:
7870 2gb edition for $220? I have only seen that sort of price after rebate, and I have never used a rebate, is it difficult/unreliable?


It really depends where you order from... From what I've seen, the money comes back pretty fast. :D  2Gb is worth it... Most games in DX11 have flown pass the 1Gb vram mark. 3Gb would be ideal and I think 4gb would be total overkill unless if playing at a res higher than x1600. 1gb should be enough... but 2Gb will allow you to keep the high settings.
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December 1, 2012 2:40:08 AM

griptwister said:
It really depends where you order from... From what I've seen, the money comes back pretty fast. :D  2Gb is worth it... Most games in DX11 have flown pass the 1Gb vram mark. 3Gb would be ideal and I think 4gb would be total overkill unless if playing at a res higher than x1600. 1gb should be enough... but 2Gb will allow you to keep the high settings.

I live in New York state, I hope it won't be problematic. Newegg is usually very reliable, off-topic; will an AMD fx-6300 cpu be a good pair for the 7870 2GB?
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 2:44:43 AM

brayvinn said:
I live in New York state, I hope it won't be problematic. Newegg is usually very reliable, off-topic; will an AMD fx-6300 cpu be a good pair for the 7870 2GB?


A FX 8350 would be better, or even a 8320... But since you asked about the 6300, it holds it's own. It should work well in conjunction with a HD 7870 2gb :D  People will tell you otherwise... but What CPU do you have now?
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December 1, 2012 2:48:57 AM

griptwister said:
A FX 8350 would be better, or even a 8320... But since you asked about the 6300, it holds it's own. It should work well in conjunction with a HD 7870 2gb :D  People will tell you otherwise... but What CPU do you have now?


Right now in my rig is an amd athlon ii x4 640 Overclocked to 3.2 ghz paired with an HD 5750, she is getting old so it's time to upgrade :p .
The fx-8350 is a bit out of my price range.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 2:54:09 AM

try the new video card first.
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 2:54:20 AM

brayvinn said:
Right now in my rig is an amd athlon ii x4 640 Overclocked to 3.2 ghz paired with an HD 5750, she is getting old so it's time to upgrade :p .
The fx-8350 is a bit out of my price range.


Okay! Then Definitely go with the FX 6300 :D  It'll be a massive performance boost compared to the Athlon!
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December 1, 2012 2:56:07 AM

griptwister said:
Okay! Then Definitely go with the FX 6300 :D  It'll be a massive performance boost compared to the Athlon!

Alright, thanks! and will a 620 watt be enough to handle all of this?

try the new video card first. said:
try the new video card first.

i'm getting all of the parts at once for christmas.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 3:15:50 AM

are you sure the motherboard will support that processor ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 4:03:13 AM

brayvinn said:
Alright, thanks! and will a 620 watt be enough to handle all of this?


i'm getting all of the parts at once for christmas.


Yes! And like Morgan said... about that Motherboard... are you getting one of those for christmas also? or do you currently have a 9xx mobo?
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 7:09:45 AM

You can see in some reviews (Black ops two and MOH: WF), that performance tanks as soon as it becomes pretty high settings on the default 1080p. Clearly showing that 1GB is simply not enough.
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December 1, 2012 7:20:44 AM

Why would you get an AMD CPU for high end gaming? If you don't have the new motherboard yet, then definitely go for an Intel i5.
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December 1, 2012 9:29:45 AM

Pherule said:
Why would you get an AMD CPU for high end gaming? If you don't have the new motherboard yet, then definitely go for an Intel i5.

I refuse to purchase an intel CPU, I have been partial to AMD for many years, I would also never pair an AMD gpu with one, It does not seem right.

Yes! And like Morgan said... about that Motherboard... are you getting one of those for christmas also? or do you currently have a 9xx mobo? said:
Yes! And like Morgan said... about that Motherboard... are you getting one of those for christmas also? or do you currently have a 9xx mobo?


I am probably getting the ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+.
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2012 3:35:54 PM

brayvinn said:
I refuse to purchase an intel CPU, I have been partial to AMD for many years, I would also never pair an AMD gpu with one, It does not seem right.



I am probably getting the ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+.


Same here! Lol (not the mobo part), Cant stand intel and their pricing. You'll do just fine with a AMD. Trust me on that... The 7970 wont even bottleneck a 6300...
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December 1, 2012 5:29:06 PM

griptwister said:
Same here! Lol (not the mobo part), Cant stand intel and their pricing. You'll do just fine with a AMD. Trust me on that... The 7970 wont even bottleneck a 6300...

I feel that intel has too much that I don't need, AMD is basic, the $$ you pay equals the raw power that you get out of the component, nothing to worry about. And I can't argue with a 6-core CPU that is $139..
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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2012 4:12:20 AM

brayvinn said:
I feel that intel has too much that I don't need, AMD is basic, the $$ you pay equals the raw power that you get out of the component, nothing to worry about. And I can't argue with a 6-core CPU that is $139..


Exactly. :D 
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