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HELP upgrading from a Radeon 6850

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February 28, 2013 12:34:38 AM

I am desperately trying to upgrade and get a graphics card in to my CPU. Cyberpower has been screwing me over for the last 3 months keeping me in video card limbo and I'm simply going to have to buy a new card. I want to upgrade from the card that came with the system ( which was a Radeon HD 6850. My budget is 150$-230$, but I have no idea what a good card is or how to determine what is compatible. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( 

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February 28, 2013 12:38:20 AM

7870 for about $240 or 7850 for about $180 are your best bets
February 28, 2013 12:44:49 AM

And the 7870 is compatible with my motherboard? The power supply should be fine.
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February 28, 2013 12:45:07 AM

7870 LE?

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February 28, 2013 12:46:39 AM

Yes PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible.
For $230 you should keep your eyes peeled for a Powercolor 7870 Myst. It features a Tahiti LE chip which means it's a crippled 7950 and at a $230 price point.
you can also try to find the Sapphire version, the Sapphire 7870 XT. It is currently discontinued by NewEgg but it should just be a out of stock issue.
February 28, 2013 12:59:41 AM

I'm extremely green in the computer world. I am currently searching for a place to purchase the Powercolor 7870 Myst, but what exactly does backwards compatible mean in this sense? Also, does the fact that----- GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -----has 3 fans and the ---------PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 Myst. Edition 2GB GDDR5(UEFI READY-------has 1 fan, make a difference?
February 28, 2013 1:00:01 AM

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