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Hey guys,

I am trying to decide on an upgrade for my video card....I am very pleased with this video card though I think its time for an upgrade...

I am able to play BF3 of medium settings flawlessly and high settings it slows the fps down a little but still playable only having 4 GB of ram being the limiting factor in playing the game........so the video card I get is gonna have big shoes to fill....

I have seen some benchmarks and it appears that Invidia cards have really pulled away performance wise from comparably priced Radeon cards...is this true?

Any recommendations based upon performance in BF3 would be greatly appreciated (tell me how the card u recommend does in BF3)

Also has Radeon came out with another x2 type video card since the 3870x2? This thing is a workhorse especially being 3.5 years old!

Any other card recommendations would be awesome!

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The HD6990 would be today's version of the 3870x2. It's about $600 or so.

Honestly, a GTX570 / 580 or a HD6950 2GB / HD6970 should do the trick fine.
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Whats your thoughts on todays Radeons vs Invidia's performance wise when similar prices are compared?
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Whats your thoughts on todays Radeons vs Invidia's performance wise when similar prices are compared?

Similar prices, they'll perform similarly. I've been picking Nvidia lately, but that's just because I find them easier to toy with the drivers on. Nothing really "wrong" with AMD card's drivers, but they're not as easy to change around as Nvidia's are. Plus I fold....so Nvidia is a must for me.

If you're just gaming...I'd pick whichever card fits your budget the best regardless of brand.
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If I was looking to keep it under $200 what would you say?
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If I was looking to keep it under $200 what would you say?

HD 6870 or GTX 560Ti (on sale). You could also look around used for a 560Ti or a GTX470. Maybe even find a used HD6950 2GB as well.
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Would those be a hefty upgrade from my 3870x2? What would my current card compare to today performance wise(so I know to stay above that model #)
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Would those be a hefty upgrade from my 3870x2? What would my current card compare to today performance wise(so I know to stay above that model #)

Your card would perform ROUGHLY equivilant to a single HD4870 / GTX260. Which in turn is roughly on par with a HD5770 / 6770 or a GTS450 / GTS 550.

If you want a huge noticeable increase, you'll want a higher end card like the 6950 2GB or the GTX 480 / GTX 570. One step down, the HD6870 / GTX 560Ti / GTX 470...wouldn't be too bad, just not as huge of a jump.
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How is that extra ram on the graphics card (2gb) going to equate to better performance if I am also upgrading to 16 GB of ddr3?
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Recently there have been some 5870's floating around for ~$150 too. That wouldnt be a bad option either.
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