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As topic says, Basically my 4870 is dying skyrim chewed it up and spit it out.Every game artifacts now frown.gif So im turning to you guys been out of the whole overclocking n comp scene for awhile now currently idk whats in or out by specs and what not using the rig in my sig.Budget is 200USD less if possible kinda broke atm but i need a fix asap.Any answers would be appreciated.Thanks
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I saw several used reference 6950s in the marketplace in the 200-250 range on OCN. That may be your best value at this point.
post #3 of 11
a used gtx 470 or a gtx 560 Ti would be perfect for your budget
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I would recomend a 6850(~$150) or 6870(~$180). Both will run modern games at med-high settings at 1080p. I know my single 6850 ran skyrim on high at 30-60fps.
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post #5 of 11
a 5870 from geeks.com (if they still have it)

or save $10 for a 5850 from the same place
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I suggest you buy used. It makes almost no sense to buy new.
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Originally Posted by Xaphan187 View Post

As topic says, Basically my 4870 is dying skyrim chewed it up and spit it out.Every game artifacts now frown.gif So im turning to you guys been out of the whole overclocking n comp scene for awhile now currently idk whats in or out by specs and what not using the rig in my sig.Budget is 200USD less if possible kinda broke atm but i need a fix asap.Any answers would be appreciated.Thanks


 

Have a look at this MSI 6950 2GB and it's a reference design and sure of unlocking to 6970.

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1191724/msi-6950-2gb-reference-card-price-drop

 

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I would recomend a 6850(~$150) or 6870(~$180). Both will run modern games at med-high settings at 1080p. I know my single 6850 ran skyrim on high at 30-60fps.

Been looking that the 6850 ones today im wondering how the fan noise with them because i know my HIS 4870 sounds like a jet engine taking off at times lol...Strangely compelling i rebooted and the artifacts stoped. could it have been do to overheating while playing skyrim for a few hours and the display drivers crashing?btw it got to 103C which i know is very hot...card has always idled around 70Cish max was around 80-85C but only with skyrim has it reached that high and caused such an issue...Thanks everyone
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Been looking that the 6850 ones today im wondering how the fan noise with them because i know my HIS 4870 sounds like a jet engine taking off at times lol...Strangely compelling i rebooted and the artifacts stoped. could it have been do to overheating while playing skyrim for a few hours and the display drivers crashing?btw it got to 103C which i know is very hot...card has always idled around 70Cish max was around 80-85C but only with skyrim has it reached that high and caused such an issue...Thanks everyone

The 5850 is better than the 6850, and comparable to the 6870. My 5850 isn't that loud at 30% usage. But I suggest buying the 6950 Ken showed you. That's a bargain
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Honestly the 5850/5870 cards are probably the best bang for you buck at the moment. Their getting dirt cheap now (my first 5850 cost $120 over a year ago, and second cost $150 a few months back after the bitcoining craze raised the prices) But if you can swing a 6950 2gb grab it and unlock it to a 6970. I used to run a 4850, till this last xmas it was still running games in my step-fathers rig till I got him a new one, those old cards have a ton of balls. But your going to be blown away by what they've given way too.
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