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Old October 25, 2010, 02:09 PM
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Default Upgrading from 4890 - which to get?

I hadn't really planned to upgrade just yet but my girlfriend's 9800 just gave up so I'm going to give her my 4890 and get something new ^^ this happened a week ago and I was just going to get a 5850 and maybe OC a little but a friend told me to wait for the 6series. So I did and here I am. I'd just like a bit of advice on which exactly to get, the 6850 or 6870.. or even a 5850 ;\

I'm told the 6850 will be a little easier to overclock so I can get a bit more for my money but since I haven't really kept up with hardware in the last year, I'm much better off asking you guys ;p
The main thing I need help with is once decided on which video card, I'm not sure what model to get exactly. I generally order my parts from ncix but there's like 8 different companies with their own cards and I never know which one to take :(

budget: hopefully $250ish - give or take 50 ;p
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I'd really appreciate any help! thanks a lot.
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Old October 25, 2010, 02:16 PM
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6870 hands down. It's 13% faster than the 6850. 8% faster than 5850.

HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB Review - Page 29/33 | techPowerUp
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Old October 25, 2010, 02:17 PM
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sure, unless you overclock :)

sky's oc 6 series review should be up by the end of the week as well
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Old October 25, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Still 6870.

HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB Review - Page 32/33 | techPowerUp
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Old October 25, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies but I really can't wait another week D: I told her I'd order the new card today, she's getting impatient being unable to play her games (one of the few negatives of having a gamer girlfriend.)

So you think I should get this HIS 6870 or that's just the review you're linking? I see the xfx 6870 is slightly cheaper with the rebate so would that be a better way to go?
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Old October 25, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Any brand of 6870 will do I don't think they have released any pre-overclocked cards yet.
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I would go with xfx as the have the life time warranty
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Go with the XFX HD6870, keep the gamer girlfriend happy...it brings dividends...
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