Originally Posted by Kyronn94
I don't want to start an NVIDIA vs AMD War here, I'd just rather stick with AMD.
I'm also only at 1680 x 1050, so that probably lessens my need even more
I'm leaning towards a 6850 at the moment, specifically:
I only want to buy from Amazon or eBuyer, but thanks for the recommendations
I'm not worried about 16x/4x, from what I can tell, and what you guys say, It makes very little real world/in game difference.
Looks like I'm not quick enough with my replies
It appears I can get a Sapphire 6870 for just over Â£140:
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Would this definitely be worth the extra in terms of performance and, to an extent 'future proofing' ?
It's not about AMD vs. Nvidia, its about getting the best bang for your buck. If you can find a GTX460 1GB in that same price bracket, jump on it. It'll be at 6870 levels single card (the 6870 beats in multi GPU setups though).
Either way though, the HD6850 is a good card too. It won't steer you wrong either. I'd just like to see you get the biggest bang for your buck. I could care less what side of the fence the GPU is from.
EDIT: (Saw your edit just now):
Yes, the HD6870 is definitely a good bit faster than the HD6850. They both scale very well in Crossfire too, but the HD6870 is going to give you that extra power right out of the gate. It's about 10-15% faster as a guess. It's like comparing the HD5850 to HD5870, or the HD4850 to HD4870.Edited by pioneerisloud - 8/5/11 at 4:46pm