Upgrade advice for GPU from 8800gt. PUT IN YOUR WORD

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by TroM, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Saad

    Saad Master Guru

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    budget 150? go with the hd 6850...i had it with running with a core 2 duo e7500 @ 3.66ghz...at 1440x900 maxed out nearly all games
     
  2. Chillin

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  3. TroM

    TroM Ancient Guru

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    Quick question. If I get an ATI card... I'll have to get rid of the old Nvidia drivers right? I remember I ran driver sweep or something before and COMPLETELY screwed everything up. So I am not sure of the steps I'd have to take.
     
  4. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Control panel uninstall and get rid of all Nvidia items. This does the trick 99% of the time ;) .
     

  5. eclap

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    why go with 6850 if he can have a 6870???
     
  6. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Here's how I would sum up the mid-range as it stands now:

    $130 = GTX 460
    $150 = HD 6870
    $170 = GTX 560
    $190 = GTX 560 TI
    $215 = HD 6950

    Those are the price brackets and the best match.
     
  7. eclap

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    Is the 560 faster than the 6870?
     
  8. PinguX

    PinguX Master Guru

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    Nope, the 6870 is faster than the non ti version.

    @TroM

    + 1 6870, its a great card.
     
  9. TroM

    TroM Ancient Guru

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    Bought a HD 6850 for $110. Figured I'd be bottlenecking that HD 6870 at 1280x1024 anyway so I didn't throw down an extra $50.... didn't think it would justify a big enough performance increase. Sense in the future I want to buy a more powerful card for a new PC so even if I bought a HD 6870 it would get ditched at that time anyway. :)

    Thanks for being helpful, sorry I didn't go with some of the cards suggested lol... We'll see how this runs... can always return it. :) Will post later.
     
  10. stewiemcpain

    stewiemcpain Member Guru

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    At 1920x1080 it´s mostly the gpu that matters, unless it´s a cpu bond game like gta IV.

    My Gts 250 is a warrior but it´s showing its age.
    Well for you to have an idea(i don´t play that much recent games) i play crysis 2 at 1080p with hardcore settings at 25-35FPS. Not that bad, neither impressive by all means. I waiting for the HD7000 series for an upgrade.

    hd68500 is a great choice.
     

  11. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    In most games it's not, here is a review using the 280.26 and 11.8 drivers:

    Bottom line is that they are both great cards, but there is a reason why one is priced slightly higher than the other in this case.
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  12. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    I have this card, I highly recommend it if the OP can afford it. I got it for $140 during the summer when there was a a larger rebate.

    I'd go with this if the OP can't spare a bit more cash for the Radeon HD 6870 but I'd take the Radeon HD 6870 over the 6850 anytime.

    deltatux
     
  13. TroM

    TroM Ancient Guru

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    Update:

    Got this for $110. It was $140 - $20 - discount code I had. And the price of it went up... just on time :).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353

    Running good so far. Playing Skyrim on ultra/max, just no AA. Good FPS. Same with BF3, only with some lower settings. Also GTAIV actually runs now... but it could mostly due to more RAM.

    Also a very quite card... sheesh. And at 32C idle and 40C load. Good.

    Thanks for the help :).
     

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