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Sapphire HD 7870XT or Sapphire HD 7850 Dual-X (OC Ed) 2gb/256bit

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February 18, 2013 1:17:56 AM

good day everyone, i'm planning to buy a new video card for my rig:
CPU: i5 2320
MOBO: AsRock H61 U3/S3
Video Card: intel HD 2000
RAM: 8GB dd3
HDD: 2TB SATA HDD
PSU: FSP 700 watts aurum series 80+ gold
Casing: NZXT Tempest 210
Monitor: LG IPS 23" 236v

does the Sapphire HD 7870XT almost +50$ difference against Sapphire HD 7850 Dual-X (OC Ed) 2gb/256bit ddr5 is worth it? im living here in the Philippines.
does the 7870XT is overkill for single monitor with 1920x1080 res?
does it fir in flawlessly on my current rig?

big thanks everyone.. :hello: 
February 18, 2013 1:23:13 AM

The 7870XT will push your system to the maximum at that resolution, I would go ahead and get it if you are willing to pay the price difference.
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February 18, 2013 1:23:16 AM

I would pay the extra for the 7870
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February 18, 2013 1:26:04 AM

If you want my opinion, the Tahiti LE cards are the best Value/Performance cards as of the moment for 1920x1080.
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February 18, 2013 1:36:19 AM

7870XT, natch. temps aside, kinda hard to ignore the performance you get for it's price.
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February 18, 2013 1:39:02 AM

wow! thanks for very quick responses..by the way, I do not have any plans for dual monitor in the near future, don't you think that card is overkill for my single LG IPS 236v? base on my current rig, was there any bottlenecks with that card?
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February 18, 2013 2:12:00 AM

overkill is when you get two high end cards for a single 1080p monitor. a perfect fit is when you spend on a high-mid range gpu performing closely to to higher end card at 1080p.

games are just going to get more demanding, and having a little extra in performance now can't hurt, especially if you can spend on it.
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February 18, 2013 2:24:55 AM

Hazle said:
overkill is when you get two high end cards for a single 1080p monitor. a perfect fit is when you spend on a high-mid range gpu performing closely to to higher end card at 1080p.

games are just going to get more demanding, and having a little extra in performance now can't hurt, especially if you can spend on it.


thanks sir, can you say that 7870XT if perfect fit for my rig?
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February 18, 2013 3:57:55 AM

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February 18, 2013 4:09:16 AM

not a whole lot of choices left for you, are there? a 7950/660ti may be a tad bit over your budget for more or less the same performance in most games unless they costs significantly less than the 7870XT.

a plain, old 7870 isn't so bad a fallback if you're in a very tight budget or if heat is a concern, but you're missing out buying a gpu that performs close to the 7950 for, what? $20-30 more over what the 7870 costs over there?

i'd much prefer an i5 over an i3, but they're still VERY capable for gaming, and you're more likely see a significant gain with a GPU upgrade over the CPU, so yes, personally, it's a perfect fit for your rig.
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February 26, 2013 7:31:53 PM

i have the 7870xt and an hd7850 in my lan rig...the 7870xt is by far the best card at the pricepoint and performs superb!!
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February 26, 2013 7:34:30 PM

also, i have an i5 3570k @ 4.5ghz in my main rig and an i3 3220 in my lan rig and as Hazle said, the i3 combined even with the hd7850 2gb is a very capable gaming rig at 1080p. :-)
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March 23, 2013 9:45:19 AM

I have this question too but I will mainly play at 1680 x 1050? Is it worth the 50-80$ difference?
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March 25, 2013 12:04:11 AM

Potato13 said:
I have this question too but I will mainly play at 1680 x 1050? Is it worth the 50-80$ difference?






performance-wise, the 7850 will do fine at that res, and offers the best bang for your buck at any res below 1080p.

assuming you're not going to upgrade that monitor to a 1080p, the $50-80 question is; how long are you expecting it to last? games are just going to get more and more demanding, and it all comes down to your expectations. if you're the type who can deal with compromises surprising well, lowering graphics settings as your GPU ages, then it's not unrealistic to hang on to that 7850 for 3-4 years. while my 6870 is showing it's age, based on what i see of FC3 & Crysis3 @ medium-high on YT, i'm comfortable sticking with it if buying a new GPU anytime within this year is not an option .

but if you're the type who can't stand to play at medium, and must play at >high for as long as it takes, a 7870 kinda gives you a little bit of future proofing. maybe not a whole lot, but it's there. personally, if you can save up $10-20 for the next two years though, an extra $50-80 now for a little bit of future proofing is just not worth it.

again, this is assuming you're not upgrading to a 1080p monitor; otherwise, the 7870 gets my vote. a 7870XT/LE is a definite must if that's still in stock.
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March 25, 2013 6:56:42 PM

many thanks everyone..just got my sapphire 7870 OC last week.. (7870 XT wasn't around anymore :(  ) by the way, im very satisfied how 7870 OC performs, i've got 50-60 FPS on BF3 on ultra preset,skyrim on ultra settings fixed at 60fps, haven't tried crysis3 though :D 
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