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so in the ati overclock section i was saying how i couldnt go over 880mhz gpu clock. well i think why i couldnt was because my 5850 was slowely taking a **** on me mad.gif. I had already been looking at video cards and from what i can tell on the market is either go for the $500 video cards or go for something in the $300 range because if you in the $400 range better off spending the $100 more and get the best. :/

what im looking for is 2gb or if possible a 3gb card because in the future im thinking i might do a 3 screen gaming.

i see there no reference design 7950 so flashing it to a 7970 bios is going to be a hit and miss :/(good way to save close to a $100 )

i thought about the 680 but i kinda would like to see what they send out that is below the 680 but that isnt a option.

i think im just ranting for now but i need some direction and sense nvida doesnt have any other current 6xx series cards out im going to have to go with ati again. so i need some help making a decsion. i hope this all make sense:o
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post #2 of 8
wait till the 660's come out, by then current GPU's should be a tad cheaper and you will have more options to choose from..
    
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You might just want to wait a bit before you jump the gun on something you'll regret buying later.
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well i have no back up video cards :/ the one i had i gave to my brother so he could upgrade from t he 8800gt. i play games every day usually a hour or 2 depending on time. plus i dont mind spending the 500 but before my card took a poo i was almost all on high settings on bf3. so im thinking if i got a 7850 i could probably be close to utrla settings. is this one of those thing you buy now and hope for the best? like i said i cant wait months, they havent even had a leak yet :/
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post #5 of 8
Even if you purchased a 7950 and were unable to flash it to a 7970, you could still give it a healthy overclock.
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ya that what i was thinking. they were saying you wouldnt get shaders unlock but some other things which they said count more?? but it is a risk :/
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post #7 of 8
Just buy a GTX 680 then OC it!
post #8 of 8
I think a 7870 2GB would be the go-to card at the price point you're looking at if you were to buy right now. Otherwise the other option is to go CF with your 5850, on the cheap.
    
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