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#1 Suguut

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:06 AM

Hey everyone! I need some help with buying a new video card.

My current setup:
CPU: i5 2500k
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: Radeon 4870x2 1GB

My issue:
My video card is starting to the go and I need to look at getting a new one. My monitor natively runs at 1920X1080 so anything less than that looks bad in gaming. I can run Guild Wars 2 on medium settings at around 40-50+ fps.

What I need help with:
My budget is small around $150-160. I understand my current card is pretty boss, but I need to find an upgrade as they don't sell my card no more. I've looked at charts and benchmarks, and can't seem to find a good solution. I was told a GTX 550 Ti will run at the same level as my card settings wise or an HD6850. I don't care to run the game at full graphics, but I want something that can at least run it at medium settings.

Thanks for the help!!

Edited by Suguut, 10 November 2012 - 02:11 AM.


#2 Life_Infusion

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:09 AM

AMD wins the lowend.

~$160 7850 (basically roughly same as GTX 570. HD 6870 is slower than GTX 560 Ti, which is slower than GTX 570.)

If you insist on Nvidia, best you can get is probably GTX 560 Ti, the GTX 660 is ~$200. The GTx 650Ti is ~$150 and is severely gimped by memory bandwidth is slower than a GTX 560.

http://www.tomshardw...06,3318-19.html

* 560Ti can run it on high at 1080p.

Edited by Life_Infusion, 10 November 2012 - 04:12 AM.


#3 Zerk2012

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

View PostSuguut, on 10 November 2012 - 02:06 AM, said:

Hey everyone! I need some help with buying a new video card.

My current setup:
CPU: i5 2500k
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: Radeon 4870x2 1GB

My issue:
My video card is starting to the go and I need to look at getting a new one. My monitor natively runs at 1920X1080 so anything less than that looks bad in gaming. I can run Guild Wars 2 on medium settings at around 40-50+ fps.

What I need help with:
My budget is small around $150-160. I understand my current card is pretty boss, but I need to find an upgrade as they don't sell my card no more. I've looked at charts and benchmarks, and can't seem to find a good solution. I was told a GTX 550 Ti will run at the same level as my card settings wise or an HD6850. I don't care to run the game at full graphics, but I want something that can at least run it at medium settings.

Thanks for the help!!
http://www.overclock...4870-benchmarks
http://www.hwcompare...radeon-hd-6870/
As you can see the single 6870 is very close to the 4870x2

This is probably the best buy right now in that price range 6870. http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20
or for less $  6850 http://www.newegg.co...PID=3938566=
7770 http://www.newegg.co...PID=3938566=

Edited by Zerk2012, 10 November 2012 - 03:04 PM.


#4 dhatcher1

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

XFX 7850  $175 -20MIR = $155
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150617

Its a good bit more powerful than the 6870 and only $5 more than the cheapest I found.   Definitely look for some black friday/cyber monday sales.

Edited by dhatcher1, 12 November 2012 - 05:44 PM.


#5 Vayra86

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

I would strongly advise a 7 series AMD card for your budget.

7850 or invest a slight bit more and get a 7870 and you will be set for more than you could wish for.

When you upgrade, buy for the future, honestly. Especially because a slightly higher tier card in Xfire will do that much more for the longevity of your system. You could probably eventually run two 7870's for the next 3-5 years easy given your needs although that will tax your cpu at max load, for sure (but still provide a major performance boost).

I would personally never go for an old - gen card to upgrade my PC with.

You miss the greater performance of DX10/11 gaming that the newer cards offer. Way more bang for buck than the blank specs of the card tell you. Check benchmarks for the new 6 series Nvidia when it comes to DX9/DX11 and the difference with 5 series to see what I mean. The 570 is outperformed by a 660.

Check out this review for the above in practice, especially looking at the DX 11 games versus the older ones. http://www.tomshardw...ew-32523-6.html

And note especially stuff like this when you are in doubt of spending 160 or 200 bucks.

Below comment is concerning BF3.

Stepping up to a GeForce GTX 660 gives you the ability to go from Low to Ultra quality. At this more demanding setting, Nvidia's latest is able to outmaneuver AMD's Radeon HD 7870.

Edited by Vayra86, 12 November 2012 - 06:15 PM.





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