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i built my gfs brother a pc last year and the specs are:
Phenom2 945 3.0 ghz
4gb ddr3 1333
ati 5670 1gb

he can play most games but with lower settings. maximum resolution is 1650x1080
any suggestions on a better card or to wait another 3-4 months
Maximum budget is $160 or 100 pounds

cheers
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i would wait till the 7000 series
 
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It all comes down to the person. If he can stand playing games at low settings i would hold out for 7000 series if he wants to play on higher settings right now get a 6850 / 6870
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Open box GTX-460 or a GTS-450 should do it.

EDIT- oops, seen this is in ATI/AMD. I'm a fan-boy and as such only recommend Nvidia, "The way it's meant to be played"
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aramaki23 View Post
It all comes down to the person. If he can stand playing games at low settings i would hold out for 7000 series if he wants to play on higher settings right now get a 6850 / 6870
I agree. How badly does this person want to upgrade?
post #6 of 12
As everyone else is saying, if the upgrade is urgent, get a 6870. Also, if you wait til the AMD 7000 series arrives, the price of the 6000 series will go down, making the upgrade that much cheaper/easier.
 
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cheers guys, not desperate just could do with some higher framerates and better quality settings. hes really into battlefield and call of duty so i have no idea how these will run a 5670. bad company 2 runs ok but could do with better framerates currently averages 32fps
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post #8 of 12
I don't think there any point in waiting when talking about GPUs...the 7000 series is far enough out that the wait will not be worth it in my book. Plus for a $160 you can currently get a very good upgrade from a 5670. Your options for a $160 will not change much just because the 7000 series released anyway. If anything it might be less since there might be less selection of the mid range stuff by then.

As far as waiting goes...if you can...wait weeks...do not wait months.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stefj View Post
cheers guys, not desperate just could do with some higher framerates and better quality settings. hes really into battlefield and call of duty so i have no idea how these will run a 5670. bad company 2 runs ok but could do with better framerates currently averages 32fps
Is he limited at all by his PSU?
post #10 of 12
It depends on how long your friend can wait to do his upgrade. All models from the 7000 serie won't come out at the same time, more powerful will be launch first, followed in the upcoming months by the others.
I don't know when the 7000 serie will be out, but I don't think it worth to wait. 6850 are good all-around cards, and fits in the budget
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