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Old January 30, 2012, 03:20 PM
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Hey all,

Been puttering along with my 9800gt for awhile and since Skyrim came out a gpu upgrade has been long overdue. Budget is less than $150 (=/- $20) including tax. I'm open to buying used (had a good experience here). I play mainly skyrim, umm skyrim and when I have time Skyrim :) Play at 1920x1200.

Here are the cards I'm considering (are there ones that I left out?):

1) 6850 1gb
2) 460 gtx
3) 6870 (more likely used)
4) 5870 (used for sure)

Am I missing out on anything by sticking with either AMD or nVidia? I know nVidia has PhysX but don't seem to be very helpful for me (using my old 9800gt too). I'm open to overclocking for a little extra oomph. No plans to CF or sli.

According to >this overclocking study, the 460 is my last choice. OC'ing the 6850 seems to be ideal, but my lack of experience in picking parts is why I seek your advice. I apologize if I seem rude/demanding in my post, it is not my intention at all. Thank you for your time.

EDIT: I realize that the 7950 is being released tommorow (according to some), will this put downward pressure on prices of older cards? How long should I wait?
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Old January 30, 2012, 03:32 PM
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I was pretty much in the same boat as you. I was looking for an upgrade from my 8800GT and ended up getting the MSI 465 Golden Edition with the bios hack to get it to a 470. Although I haven't used it just yet, on paper it was a pretty good choice. I'm sure people here will make some good recommendations but I wouldn't doubt if they go with a 6850 or a 460. Newer may be better if you are concerned with power consumption.
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If you could get a 5870 at that price. Go for it. You will see a huge increase. I went from a 9800 GTX to my current 5850. And I was happy and still am!!!
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Don't ever buy any computer hardware used. If anything, I would say get the 6870 or the GTX 460 SC. Those are the best ones to go with. the 5870 is pretty hard to come by these days. I prefer NVIDIA, but that's just me.
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Don't ever buy any computer hardware used.
I would have to disagree with you there. If you trust the seller I see no reason to not buy used.
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Old January 30, 2012, 05:44 PM
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If you wanted an hd 6870 here is a pretty good deal.

NCIX HIS HD6870 $149.99 after a $10 MIR

This review of an HD 6870 has all the cards you are considering tested at your resolution.

And here is a summary of that review at 1920x1200.
EDIT: it even has your 9800gt in there for reference.
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Don't ever buy any computer hardware used.
You will have to explain why. Buying stuff used, specially here where members tend to take very good care of their hardware.
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You will have to explain why. Buying stuff used, specially here where members tend to take very good care of their hardware.
Its all right, I prefer to sell my outstanding "used" HW at great prices to "longtime HWC Members" as apposed to "Trial Members
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what psu do you have? make model and age?

what resolution do you game @? Do you have plans on upgrading the monitor anytime soon?

Do you live near a large city with lots of retail options or would you have to have it shipped to you?

Just to clarify your budget, its $150 taxes and shipping included? To a total get it to you cost of $150?
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Old January 31, 2012, 06:34 AM
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Thanks for the replies everybody, really appreciate it. I may have jumped the gun before, but how much does tessellation matter? The 6870 seems to perform better than the 5870 when heavy tessellation is used (according to AT link)

Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870 Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare
AnandTech - AMD

Definitely will be aiming for a used card, hopefully some fellow Canucks will sell their cards to buy a 7970/7950 :D

EDIT: @Hossdaddy: Have a Corsair 850w, bought in Nov 2011. Gaming at 1920x1200. If bought online, it'll be from NCIX and can use points for free shipping :)
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