Upgrading HD6850, 400$ Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: 400$

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Skyrim with HD Mods, Crisis 3, Borderlands], Video Editing(Software such as After Effects and Premiere Pro)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: AMD HD6850, 700Watt PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 2600k @ 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, Windows 7,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg
COUNTRY: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've only ever used ATI/AMD cards, I've never tried any Nvida but I'm open to any suggestions. It's always been a matter or price and that ATI/AMD has never failed me before.

OVERCLOCKING: Not comfortable with OC.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, don't want to overheat anything.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
- Main Monitor: 1920 x 1080
- Secondary Monitor: 1440 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need something that will stay cool. I would really appreciate a high end 2GB+ Graphics Card, I'm not worried about the money so much but the cooling is the main issue, I want it to stay cool while keeping around 60FPS in high end games such as BF3.
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  1. es50678 said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks.
    BUDGET RANGE: 400$

    USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Skyrim with HD Mods, Crisis 3, Borderlands], Video Editing(Software such as After Effects and Premiere Pro)

    CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: AMD HD6850, 700Watt PSU

    OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 2600k @ 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, Windows 7,

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg
    COUNTRY: USA

    PARTS PREFERENCES: I've only ever used ATI/AMD cards, I've never tried any Nvida but I'm open to any suggestions. It's always been a matter or price and that ATI/AMD has never failed me before.

    OVERCLOCKING: Not comfortable with OC.
    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, don't want to overheat anything.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION:
    - Main Monitor: 1920 x 1080
    - Secondary Monitor: 1440 x 900

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need something that will stay cool. I would really appreciate a high end 2GB+ Graphics Card, I'm not worried about the money so much but the cooling is the main issue, I want it to stay cool while keeping around 60FPS in high end games such as BF3.


    Hi - with that budget & your pref for AMD, go with 7970 & the ghz version if it's <$40,
    but right now it's running $440 after mir.
    Here's a couple 7970's to consider:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 nets to $393

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596 nets to $380

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 nets to $360

    Oh, what's the make/model of your psu?, plenty of power if it's a quality unit.
  2. Unless you jump to at least a 7970 as suggested above, I don't think the upgrade will be worthwhile for the money you are about to spend. Do you need better case ventilation, as heat seems to be a big concern for some reason?
  3. jitpublisher said:
    Unless you jump to at least a 7970 as suggested above, I don't think the upgrade will be worthwhile for the money you are about to spend. Do you need better case ventilation, as heat seems to be a big concern for some reason?


    What do you mean? Even upgrading to a 7870 he'd see almost double the performance gain.
  4. toyftw said:
    Hi - with that budget & your pref for AMD, go with 7970 & the ghz version if it's <$40,
    but right now it's running $440 after mir.
    Here's a couple 7970's to consider:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008 nets to $393

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596 nets to $380

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468 nets to $360

    Oh, what's the make/model of your psu?, plenty of power if it's a quality unit.


    700Watt powersupply, nothing fancy but with my current set up it runs with plenty of power to spare so i'm not at all worried about it. The only other issue I have is the cooling, which all in all isn't a big issue either when you look at the facts. To be honest it's a pet peeve, my current set up by GPU never gets above 75 Celcius no matter what I throw at it.
  5. jitpublisher said:
    Unless you jump to at least a 7970 as suggested above, I don't think the upgrade will be worthwhile for the money you are about to spend. Do you need better case ventilation, as heat seems to be a big concern for some reason?


    I want to upgrade to gain quality, my current GPU doesn't run above 75 Celcius no matter what I throw at it. You are right though, i think i made it too much a big deal in the post, it's a huge pet peeve which was why I asked. Looking at the suggestions i'm not at all worried about it anymore, but i'll definitely take your advice, i've got 3 more slots for fans on my case.
  6. Since we are on this topic, i have a hd 6850 and was wondering what the best graphic card would be for an upgrade. I am looking to spend anywhere from 200-250.
  7. taters34 said:
    Since we are on this topic, i have a hd 6850 and was wondering what the best graphic card would be for an upgrade. I am looking to spend anywhere from 200-250.


    Plz start your own thread - hijacking threads is not a
    situation we are accustomed to here.

    It's easy enough to start your own.
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