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Old November 20, 2012, 06:19 PM
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NCIX had a 7850 on sale for $165, which is definitely in your budget. For $35, you're getting WAY more than 20% increase in performance/price over the 650ti.
I guarantee you won't get a stable 60fps in a 3v3 or 4v4 with a 650ti, 1680x1050 or 1080p.
I use a 6870 on about lowest possible settings @ 1680x1050. When there's 200 or more lings on the screen, your fps takes a huge dive. Not unplayable, but definitely not smooth anymore. Now 200 lings isn't a lot in 1v1, let alone 3v3 or 4v4.
Anandtech's benchmark of the 650ti gets 57fps on semi-maxed settings @ 1920x1200. Keep in mind this is probably a single player demo they run just to compare it with other video cards, as it is the easiest method of replicating an experience to provide an accurate benchmark, certainly not a 3v3 game.

If you're worried about processing power, your CPU is unlocked. I have no doubt you can get 300-400mhz more out of it without even raising the voltage.
I had an old 3670k which I was able to raise 300mhz and even lower the voltage. 400mhz required a large voltage increase to stabilize so I settled for a bit less.

Last edited by YoungMan; November 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM.
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