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Old October 23, 2010, 03:49 PM
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180, wait till theres stock. i ordered a couple for a frends build.


Newegg.com - hd 6850
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I ordered the E6700 a couple days ago. the 2 other pieces I'd like to upgrade is the Video card and Ram.

So I'm going to save up for both. For the video card the XFX HD 6870 and For the Ram go from my 4GB Adata DDR2 800MHz to 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1066MHz.

WAIT!... if you are trading or getting the new ram for next to nothing that sounds good, but otherwise don't waste your money on that memory upgrade. 1066 is better than 800 yes, but not enough to justify buying all new ram. Save the money and use it toward an ssd or future upgrades.
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180, wait till theres stock. i ordered a couple for a frends build.


Newegg.com - hd 6850
Wow, i just realised why XFX has a $20 price premium, that heatsink is insanely huge (and their XFX) :P Good to see gigabyte kicking in with dual fans as well, is it just me or is this the first time the vendors have released cards instantly with custom coolers?
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from what i gather they didnt have to stick to reference. works for me

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


in stock. 180 bucks

do wait for the giga though
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Isn't it better to get a Video Card from a company that offers a lifetime warranty over a company that only offers a max of 3 years of warranty.
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Isn't it better to get a Video Card from a company that offers a lifetime warranty over a company that only offers a max of 3 years of warranty.
1) Not when the video card I pay for will be obsolete in perhaps 4 or 5 years, and I'm being charitable here.
2) They won't be manufacturing the same card during a life time so when you need to replace it 5 years from now you won't find it.
3) It will cost extra, and I won't gain a thing.
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Isn't it better to get a Video Card from a company that offers a lifetime warranty over a company that only offers a max of 3 years of warranty.
Luay79 pretty much got everything covered, except with point 2 they will replace it even if it isn't still available, as taken from EVGA's warranty procedure "Products sent in for RMA will be repaired or replaced with a product of equal or greater performance."

Either way though, the shipping charges, time without a functioning PC and stress from dealing with customer service reps are more inconvenience than it would cost for you to replace a vid card older than 3 years. I mean take the 8800GT, best card 4 years ago, can get butchered by a mid-low end 5/6 series card for only a couple of bucks. So in other words lifetime warrantys are a gimmick and waste of money/time
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1) Not when the video card I pay for will be obsolete in perhaps 4 or 5 years, and I'm being charitable here.
2) They won't be manufacturing the same card during a life time so when you need to replace it 5 years from now you won't find it.
3) It will cost extra, and I won't gain a thing.
Well, yes and no.

I got a GTX260 Core 216 as a replacement for my old 8800GTS640...yes RMA is a pain, but in the end, I got something better...EVGA there...

IMHO, don't look at a HD5850, look at one of the new ones...they rarely make a fire sale to get rid of old models...they leave them on the shelves for the "lesser-informed" customers to buy without knowing better...
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So what would you guys say the best video card company is? I mean MSI and Gigabyte count the warranty from when the card was manufactured. So if it's been sitting on a warehouse shelf for a while, then you're not getting your 3 year warranty. HIS and Powercolor are all the way in Hong Kong, and they only provide a 2 year warranty, so trying to RMA with them is a even bigger hassle. XFX offers a double lifetime warranty which means you have greater resale value. And not too sure about Sapphire and Asus.

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... IMHO, don't look at a HD5850, look at one of the new ones...they rarely make a fire sale to get rid of old models...they leave them on the shelves for the "lesser-informed" customers to buy without knowing better...
Yeah, you're right. Take for example the Sapphire Reference 5850. Canada Computers has it at $290 (Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 (Game Edition) ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset (725Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4000Mhz) Memory HD Audio Triple Display (Dual Dual-Link DVI) /HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card | Canada Computers). That's more than XFX 6870 with less performance.

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So what would you guys say the best video card company is? I mean MSI and Gigabyte count the warranty from when the card was manufactured. So if it's been sitting on a warehouse shelf for a while, then you're not getting your 3 year warranty. HIS and Powercolor are all the way in Hong Kong, and they only provide a 2 year warranty, so trying to RMA with them is a even bigger hassle. XFX offers a double lifetime warranty which means you have greater resale value. And not too sure about Sapphire and Asus.
Everyones has different experiences from what your likely to have since anything based on customer service varies hugely. IMHO I've had no problems with Powercolour, so long as you buy from a retailer with a flexible warranty handling procedure. They don't even put serial stickers on their cards so you can pretty much open them and put them back together without voiding your warranty :S Dunno if thats changed with the 6 series.
Anyhow, I RMA'd a reference 5850 with them, got back a custom one, size of a 4850, overclocks pretty decently and despite the memory chips having no heatsink (lol i was like wth) runs suprisingly cool on both mem and core (Y)
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