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My friend wants to buy new GPU to play BF3. He doesn't have a big budget, so expectations of running BF3 on lowest settings doesn't scare him. What GPU to get? Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Para.v31 View Post
My friend wants to buy new GPU to play BF3. He doesn't have a big budget, so expectations of running BF3 on lowest settings doesn't scare him. What GPU to get? Thanks in advance.
some gtx 460 are cheap now below 120-130 if u can find a sale. (but they have rebates most likely)

dont get the gtx 450 or 550...
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You can get a new GTX 460/6850 that "should" handle it very nicely I'm assuming USA?

I'll just leave this here.
Edited by jellis142 - 7/26/11 at 4:45am
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Cool. I told him the 460 as well yesterday, but it's a bit over his price range. I'm not familiar with lower end cards so that's why I ask ur advice. Basicly it comes down to the question what the next best solution is considering the 460 and 6850 are too expensive. Or do you really stand by 460/6850 as the minimum for BF3?

He lives in Scotland btw.
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A radeon 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374
or a gtx 560 ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261108 which is on the edge of your budget

EDIT: Sorry for the bad link .The link is for a standard gtx 560 (which is still a good card but not as fast as the ti version)
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
You can get a new GTX 460/6850 that "should" handle it very nicely I'm assuming USA?

I'll just leave this here.
Couldn't have said it any better myself, or recommended a better card. I was eyeballing that GPU for the longest time but ended up getting an EVGA GTX 560Ti for $179.99 myself...






If you don't mind a refurb card, check out the EVGA B-Stock
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That's not a 560-ti, they do two versions, the ti and the standard 560.
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The 6850 for that price would be perfect for him. But I don't think he can get it that cheap in Scotland. Anyway, I'll forward ur suggestion.
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Hmm, probs 6790? or GTX550?
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post #10 of 35
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Just a heads up, that is actually a GTX 560 (non-Ti) version. That is essentially a higher clocked GTX 460 and therefore an older technology video card. The GTX 560Ti is substantially faster than a GTX 560.

NOT saying that's a bad deal, but for remaining within the budget I believe there are / have been GTX 560's for within the price range


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Originally Posted by UBERmorrison View Post
That's not a 560-ti, they do two versions, the ti and the standard 560.
Beat me to it!

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Hmm, probs 6790? or GTX550?
If you're still in possession of your HD 5770, hold onto it. The Radeon 6790 consumes just as much power as the Radeon 6870 and performs less as good as the Radeon 6850. The Radeon 6850 is a great budget card in aroudn that same price range, though.

The GTX 550Ti isn't terrible... but for the price a GTS 450 is probably a better value, and something to consider is they share the same amount of shader processors @ 192. Clock rates and architecture are different however and make a good difference in performance, I just wouldn't personally justify the cost in the GTX 550Ti as opposed to a Radeon 6850 or even a GTX 460.
Edited by sigpfx - 7/26/11 at 4:58am
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