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Right my current system will run most things on high at the moment.

But with battlefield 3 coming soon I was thinking about upgrading my GFX card.

I've currently got an HIS 5830 1GB (overclocked a bit).

I have been looking at either a 6950 1GB, 6950 2GB or an nvidia GTX 560ti 1GB.

I will be running this on a 32" HD TV.

The rest of my spec is

AMD Phenom II 1075T (not overclocked atm but will be once i set it up now i have Aftermarket cooler)
8 GB RAM
ASUS MOBO make is in my sig.

Im looking at spending max of £250. I know the ati 7XXX series will be out soon.

1. should I wait till after E3 to see info on new stuff.
2. Should I keep what i currently have as it will do.
3. Is there another card I should get.

Thanks for help.
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post #2 of 9
(Imo) If you are only concerned about bf3, you could always wait and see how your rig handles it. Anyways a gpu upgrade is never a bad idea, when performance is gained.(imo)
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post #3 of 9
At your resolution (720p) these upgrades are actually more than u need. Now i siggest overclocking the card abit more. Also as stated above, wait for the game.
Never upgrade a pc before a game, crysis 2 for instance, thou thats about to change with the dx11 patch...
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i am looking at a new monitor as well a 1080p 24" so new card would go well with that.

I have just noticed some limitations with the 5830. Don't think its powerful enough.
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post #5 of 9
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the 6950 compared to the 5830 is alot better

25% better memory bandwidth
57% better texel rate
100% Pixel rate
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post #6 of 9
Dont compare numbers they are useless.
A 6950 is about 2x better than a 5830. Anyway i suggest waiting for new cards, but if you cant go and get a 6950, stock card. See if it unlocks to a 6970 and be happy with it . Untill BF3 comes out or a new series comes out...etc
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post #7 of 9
The reality with upgrading your GPU is there is never a 'good' time to upgrade. You could wait for the latest cards, but then when you buy that another card will follow a few months down the line.

The HD 6950 is a VERY good card for £200, especially ones that can be unlocked to 6970 specs. I recently had this debate myself....GTX 560Ti / GTX 570 / 6950 / 6970 and went with the 6950. Don't regret it atall.

I have a very simular spec PC to yours...1090T, 8GB DDR3 1333MHZ MEMORY...The performance boost from upgrading my old GTX 275 to the HD 6950 was about 50 - 80%! I can run every game maxed out at about 60 - 100fps
Edited by Darylrese - 6/5/11 at 3:59am
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post #8 of 9
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which 6950 did you get?

I was looking at this one HIS ATI Radeon 6950 1024MB GDDR5
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...56&subcat=1752
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post #9 of 9
I have the PowerColor HD6950:



I can't seem to find them on the net anymore, not in the UK anyway. I got mine off www.ebuyer.co.uk for about £210. It unlocks and runs very cool with the custom cooler, about 29 degrees idle and 63 overclocked to 900 / 1400
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