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defi
Wynnum, Queensland
2853 posts
After the Windows Experience Thread (Only got a 6.0 on Graphics with everything else up around 7.5), Battlefield 3 not running as well as I would like at high res and the release of Diablo 3 next week I feel its time to upgrade.

Currently I have 2 x 4890's Cross fired and Overclocked about 10%. I am only running 4gig of ram so will upgrade that at the same time, but looking at going to Computer Alliance this weekend.

Is the 6870 a decent upgrade bearing in mind I only want to be pretty budgeted in this upgrade. http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12238

Or is there any other recommendations spending no more than maybe $250 + GST?
05:55pm 09/05/12 Permalink
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Scooter
Brisbane, Queensland
5838 posts
Last upgrade I did everyone told me to go ATi because they were the best power/cost.
They are, but their drivers have given me grief for too many things over the last year.

Personal experience only, but it's put me off buying another ATI card for a long while.
06:04pm 09/05/12 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2001 posts
ati drivers are evil.
06:10pm 09/05/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3065 posts
What driver problems? I've had like the last ten cards ati and never had a problem. Having said that, in my humble opinion nvidia has the best bang for buck at this current nano second of time and if I could be bothered upgrading that's where I would be looking.
06:10pm 09/05/12 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
693 posts
Wrong.

Best bang for Buck cards ATM are:

Ati 7850 - $250
Ati 7870 - $360
Ati 7970 - $520
Nvidia 680 - $600+ depending on availability

This should change when the other nvidia 600 series come.out like the 660..670
06:24pm 09/05/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
2714 posts
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=247&bid=2&sid=74161

it is a tad (like $10) over budget, but it will run battlefied well, and do the really high res's, all stable, cool, and very low noise

I know it isn't ati, but the support is better, and there is more room to overclock this card due to its good cooling
06:26pm 09/05/12 Permalink
defi
Wynnum, Queensland
2855 posts
Sweet - I really dont mind ATI or Nvidia, should have mentioned that. Been out of the hardware seen for ages so really had no clue besides a quick look on toms hardware
06:28pm 09/05/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
2716 posts
Wrong.

Best bang for Buck cards ATM are:

Ati 7850 - $250
Ati 7870 - $360
Ati 7970 - $520
Nvidia 680 - $600+ depending on availability

This should change when the other nvidia 600 series come.out like the 660..670



based on what?????, you might need a graph, pie chart, or something to back those claims there, or is this like a AMD is better than an i5 because it has eight core sort of thing?
06:29pm 09/05/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
6844 posts
Anyone who *ever* says "X card is faster* should never be listened to. Almost every card has a specific application for which it is faster.
06:32pm 09/05/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13176 posts
I have a GTX560 and a GTX580 and they are both great cards.

Recommend you spend a bit of time with your price list in one hand and these charts to work out the best deal: http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/graphics-cards,1.html
06:36pm 09/05/12 Permalink
DK
Brisbane, Queensland
694 posts
based on what?????, you might need a graph, pie chart, or something to back those claims there, or is this like a AMD is better than an i5 because it has eight core sort of thing?


Based on whirlpool wiki plus a 1000 other charts and graphs that you can google if you like

Here is the 7850 vs the 560ti.Both in OP's price range @ $250

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

7850 comes ahead in almost all games. Thus best bang for buck ATM. I think this will change very soon though when we see the 660 and 670
07:05pm 09/05/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
6527 posts
Gigabyte GTX 570 signing in, great card and runs everything perfectly.
07:22pm 09/05/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
673 posts
+1 nVidia GTX570

Great card for BF3 and any game out.
07:42pm 09/05/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
2718 posts
Based on whirlpool wiki plus a 1000 other charts and graphs that you can google if you like

Here is the 7850 vs the 560ti.Both in OP's price range @ $250

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547

7850 comes ahead in almost all games. Thus best bang for buck ATM. I think this will change very soon though when we see the 660 and 670


while it shows that the stock cards at release, the card i recommended isn't a stock card, and makes up for what the stock card lacks, (like 2 gb ram)

and while I think your right regarding the field changing come the mid-low level gtx 600's, there is alot of bang still left in the 500's, friends have bought the card i recommended, and have run BF3 at high res with no issues and it comes in near enough to budget, it is tried and tested and while it might not have 22nm chipsets it handles all the OP asked for and more,

also, using those charts, bf3 is better on a 560, pretty sure a card with the same ram as the 7850 (oh, like the card i linked to) would show a better result, and would best the 7850 in far more tests
07:43pm 09/05/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4582 posts
I'd been an ATI user for a long while. I changed to Nvidia and can't be happier. The 680 I got is amazing and can do so much more with the drivers than what you can with ATI, not to mention if you ever want to go 3D it's built into the drivers. You don't need to buy some dodgy 3rd party program to access a feature in the card which they use as a selling point.

Way more games come out that work better on nvidia cards than ATI. So yeah take from that what you want but i'd go nvidia now.
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