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So I'm about to order a SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 6870 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.1 for 170€ shipped. Is it really worth it? My budget is on the limit with this one :S will my psu be enough?

I'll overclock it right away, what performance should I expect?
Edited by lambecrikas - 5/11/11 at 11:40am
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Your psu might be either on the edge or not enough. Especially with the overclocked cpu

ninja edit: You also want to OC it=more wattage needed.
My rec. is, don't OC the card or you might break it just as i did my 5850.
Edited by farmdve - 5/11/11 at 11:51am
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You will be fine.
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Break it because of the lack of wattage?
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You will be fine.
You are joking, right?

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Break it because of the lack of wattage?
No, cause of increasing the voltage and not testing for instability
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Can you tell if this is a good model? link!
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So I'm about to order a SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 6870 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.1 for 170€ shipped. Is it really worth it? My budget is on the limit with this one :S will my psu be enough?

I'll overclock it right away, what performance should I expect?
I get 60fps avg with BC2, Fallout NV, orange box,
and GTA 4 I hit about 55 AVG.

I would personally go with the MSI lightning 6870 tho
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You are joking, right?


No, cause of increasing the voltage and not testing for instability
No I'm not. Use the power calculator. Plus I just built a computer 2 days ago with same processor w/ overclock and similar motherboard with a 9800GT on a 380W power supply. A quick read of his power supply shows that it is stable and capable of 480W so he should be fine.

OP: send me the exact model of your power supply.
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Can you tell if this is a good model? link!
up to you, if you want to overclock dont get that one, if you dont then go for it, its a non reference model which has no voltage control, so overclocking will be really limited, the fan is placed in the center, find one thats on the side and thats your reference model, i'd say pay a bit extra and get a 6950 1GB
    
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I get 60fps avg with BC2, Fallout NV, orange box,
and GTA 4 I hit about 55 AVG.

I would personally go with the MSI lightning 6870 tho
I think I don't have the budget for that. I'm thinking of buying it because it's a promotion on a trusted store.

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No, cause of increasing the voltage and not testing for instability
Didn't understood... Why can't I overclock it within the safe limits?
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