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Hey guys. I'm playing Skyrim right now and since the HD textures DLC I'm actually filling up the 1024 MB on my GTX 460. I would like to be able to max the settings again and have been considering the HD 6870 2GB to do it. I have an Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo that I've never used I was going to put on it and OC it as much as I can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FPT37Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_g147_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=14VNSD6MN9TYEKBT68ND&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&pf_rd_i=507846

Now for the sob story. I know it seems an pretty bad sidegrade, but my budget is firmly stuck at $200 tops. It won't change for the foreseeable future (my income got slashed by 40% recently). I have $200 in Amazon gift codes and credit card points and that's all I intend on using for an upgrade. My hardware has to last at least a couple more years.

From what I understand the new crop of both AMD and Nvidia cards that are coming soon probably won't give me an appreciable boost in performance for only $200. In fact they may be slower than the HD 6870. I'm just trying to get enough VRAM to cover Skyrim and a couple other games for the next two years and stay within my hard budget. So what do you think? Bad move at this point? Am I overlooking anything?
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Hey guys. I'm playing Skyrim right now and since the HD textures DLC I'm actually filling up the 1024 MB on my GTX 460. I would like to be able to max the settings again and have been considering the HD 6870 2GB to do it. I have an Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo that I've never used I was going to put on it and OC it as much as I can.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FPT37Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_g147_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=14VNSD6MN9TYEKBT68ND&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&pf_rd_i=507846
Now for the sob story. I know it seems an pretty bad sidegrade, but my budget is firmly stuck at $200 tops. It won't change for the foreseeable future (my income got slashed by 40% recently). I have $200 in Amazon gift codes and credit card points and that's all I intend on using for an upgrade. My hardware has to last at least a couple more years.
From what I understand the new crop of both AMD and Nvidia cards that are coming soon probably won't give me an appreciable boost in performance for only $200. In fact they may be slower than the HD 6870. I'm just trying to get enough VRAM to cover Skyrim and a couple other games for the next two years and stay within my hard budget. So what do you think? Bad move at this point? Am I overlooking anything?

The 7770 is a lot than a 6870 and yeah even 1.5GB is filled up on my system. the 6870 2GB is your best option right now for that budget.
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Not much point getting a 6870 2gb when you can spend a couple bucks more and get a 6950 2gb for 250$.
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Not much point getting a 6870 2gb when you can spend a couple bucks more and get a 6950 2gb for 250$.

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6870 2GB isnt really a sidegrade, more of an upgrade. Either way on amazon there is a used 2gb 6950 for $213 right now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004TA6RY0/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329507675&sr=1-2&condition=used
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Sell your old card for more money and get 2X 6870 2GB, Will give more performance then a 7970. Other wise get 1X 6950 2GB.
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Sell your old card for more money and get 2X 6870 2GB, Will give more performance then a 7970. Other wise get 1X 6950 2GB.

I was kicking this idea around, but damn money's tight at the moment.
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post #8 of 11
6950 2gb or not.

Really, OC'ed GTX 460 will outperform 6870 most of the time.
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I agree with James. In your case, better to spend a little bit extra and get the 6950 2GB.

I'm looking at doing a "sidegrade" of my own right now, for the exact same reason. I've got a 6850 CFX setup, which has tons of processing power. But it only has 1GB of ram, which is no longer enough now that I've got 3 monitors. So I'm looking into getting a single 79x0, which would be roughly the same in power, but would give me 3GB.
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Yeah, I should take that advice and keeping an eye out for a good buy on a new HD 6950 2GB (or a GTX 560 Ti 2GB). I searched for reviews that show the tests of overclocked HD 6870s vs. overclocked GTX 460s and while the AMD cards are faster isn't by that much. I've waited this long so I'll probably hang on until the HD 7800 series is released as well.

I'm still kind of surprised that of the last three RPGs I've bought all of them will fill my 1024 MB frame buffer with the stock in game quality options maxed at 1680x1050.
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