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So right now I have alot of new parts (check build in my sig).
However im still chilling with my old 5850.

Problem is....the 7xxx series comes out sorta soon, as well as the New Nvidias (does anyone have any idea of when?)

So....should I just wait? or is there a card that's a decent upgrade that isn't TOO expensive I could go with? (I don't care if it's nvidia or ati). Maybe something less than 250$?

Thanks. ninja.gif
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Originally Posted by Mercfh;15379900 
So right now I have alot of new parts (check build in my sig).
However im still chilling with my old 5850.

Problem is....the 7xxx series comes out sorta soon, as well as the New Nvidias (does anyone have any idea of when?)

So....should I just wait? or is there a card that's a decent upgrade that isn't TOO expensive I could go with? (I don't care if it's nvidia or ati). Maybe something less than 250$?

Thanks. ninja.gif

I'd say just get another 5850 on the cheap and crossfire if you are only using 1 display then wait for the next best available.
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Ya I mean I looked into a 6850.....but it really depends on how expensive the new cards are going to be. if they are like 4-5 hundred dollar cards Im not going to get them anyways. But do we have much info about the price range or anything on them?
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Originally Posted by Mercfh;15380129 
Ya I mean I looked into a 6850.....but it really depends on how expensive the new cards are going to be. if they are like 4-5 hundred dollar cards Im not going to get them anyways. But do we have much info about the price range or anything on them?

I'd guess for the 79xx will be around the same price range of 6970 but there's no way to know for sure now.
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I am pretty sure a 5850 will handle Skyrim well. I mean Skyrim is a true-blue console port.

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/16248-skyrim-looks-the-same-on-pc-dx11-support-could-come-later/

Though you should CFX 5850 as soon as possible before they turn extinct, because 2 of them are pretty sick (better than a GTX 580 in some games) and they are just cheap.
    
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As with most new gpu series I'm sure there will be low-mid range cards on up to the 4-5 hundred dollar ones. But that doesn't mean they'll be better then say spending $250 on one of the more powerful older series cards.

I mean you could probably get a 6950/480/570 around the $250 range right now that will probably be as good or better then the new low-end (cheaper) cards.
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by intelman;15380210 
As with most new gpu series I'm sure there will be low-mid range cards on up to the 4-5 hundred dollar ones. But that doesn't mean they'll be better then say spending $250 on one of the more powerful older series cards.

I mean you could probably get a 6950/480/570 around the $250 range right now that will probably be as good or better then the new low-end (cheaper) cards.

Thats what I was thinking, any suggestions?
my board is not really a crossfire board (16x and a 4x) and I was planning on giving the 5850 to my brother.

I always prefer single slot solutions. (6950 2gb looks pretty saweet)
Edited by Mercfh - 10/20/11 at 7:06am
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15380199 
I am pretty sure a 5850 will handle Skyrim well. I mean Skyrim is a true-blue console port.

http://www.neoseeker.com/news/16248-skyrim-looks-the-same-on-pc-dx11-support-could-come-later/

^This. Plus Skyrim supposedly utilizes DX11's optimizations w/o making use of the more taxing features such as tessellation. I think your HD5850 will be fine, I think my Mobility HD5870 will suffice even... DX11 cards handle DX9 fairly well on their own and Skyrim is giving them DX9 with benefits.

I'd buy nothing now and I'd go with a single HD7950, it looks promising to say the least. I'd rather have 2GB of VRAM for those texture mods than 1GB being shared by two cards... and the XDR2 has a nice boost in bandwidth to boot.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-HD-7900-XDR2-Rambus-Memory,13408.html


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Power consumption 150 watt
Edited by thegreatsquare - 10/20/11 at 7:09am
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Thanks for the info. I guess i'll stick with the 5850 unless I see one go on the cheap. Im surprised Skyrim is only DX9....... oh well.
Edited by Mercfh - 10/20/11 at 7:13am
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When you see another 5850 for cheap, just grab it, dont wait any longer, those cards wont be here forever smile.gif
    
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