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Windows 7: Need new graphics card

02 Jun 2011   #1
psychfunk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Need new graphics card

Okay so I need a new Graphics card and I have no idea where in the market I'm supposed to be.

I prefer ATi/AMD and I have an 850w PSU. I'd like to be able to play the newest games and do extensive photo editing, but my budget is restricted to 100-150. Need an output of 1680x1050 for my monitor.

Cheers in advance


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02 Jun 2011   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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02 Jun 2011   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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02 Jun 2011   #4
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

+1 for the 6870 , I have 2 friends with them and they perform very well.

They have come down alot in price lately and also it pays to shop around for special offers.

XFX ATI Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with FREE S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat & Shogun 2 Games - Aria Technology
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02 Jun 2011   #5
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Now they give away free games ,I payed 280.00 for a brand new one and i still have my 5770 as a back up-.

Those cards are well worth the cash
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04 Jun 2011   #6
taylorig

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Can't you unlock the extra cores on a 6850 to the same as a 6870, easily?

Not an ATI user here but i'm sure i keep reading something about this all over the place...
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04 Jun 2011   #7
Ivan the SoSo

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by taylorig View Post
Can't you unlock the extra cores on a 6850 to the same as a 6870, easily?

Not an ATI user here but i'm sure i keep reading something about this all over the place...
At the risk of a expensive paperweight.....
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04 Jun 2011   #8
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by taylorig View Post
Can't you unlock the extra cores on a 6850 to the same as a 6870, easily?

Not an ATI user here but i'm sure i keep reading something about this all over the place...
At the risk of a expensive paperweight.....
^^ That.

If you are on a budget, the 6850 will do you just fine. If you can fork over the cash, you will notice a difference on the 6870, but it's just a matter of if it will be worth it for you.
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05 Jun 2011   #9
taylorig

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
At the risk of a expensive paperweight.....
Well yeh there is allways that risk if one doesn't know what they are doing. But notice i put "Easily" because from what i've read it is really easy.

It was just a suggestion for the OP to save some cash but have the same as the higher card. I also understand that not everyone likes to do flashing and such but personally i've never once had a problem in the past with any flashing at all.

If the OP as the cash to pay for the higher version anyway then it's a no-brainer
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05 Jun 2011   #10
Ivan the SoSo

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

1. It's the 6950 that can be flashed to the 6970 spec, and only the 2 GB version.....

2.What you are doing is unlocking a shader core group, and gambling that it was locked for no good reason..

3.If you do that you void your warranty....(is that why AMD hasn't tried to stop it?)

4. Stormy recommended a 6850....if you flash that to a 6970, you will have a paperweight....
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