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I've been thinking lately that it might be time to upgrade my graphics card to something with a little more spunk. I currently have a BFG Tech nVIDIA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm overclocked. The card has held up fine for the most part from the last 1.5 years that I had it. That was fine until Skyrim and Battlefield 3 came into play (no pun). Frankly I am very disappointed by this.

Still... even though the card has ran flawlessly thus far... I can't shake the feeling that it may go kaput before 2012 ends (Hell, I have an old riva tnt 2 that still works after 10 years of service... case in point). Mostly for the sole reason that the company (BFG Tech) went bye-bye, and now there is no entity claiming for warranty terms (last time I checked). Because technically, my card is still under warranty.

Now to the point... I'm looking for a nice ~$150 upgrade. I don't care if its AT- (Oh sorry, AMD...) or nVIDIA. Who has the edge of best 'bang for your buck'? Also, I'm not sure if I should get the 1GB of 2GB version of X card. Is it worth the extra $30-$40 for prolonging my investment?

Ok, I apologize if some of this is a confusing post but thanks in advance! thumb.gif

Edit: Some specs
MSI 785GT-E63 mobo
AMD Phenom II 960T Zosma @ 3.6GHz X6
3GB DDR 2 RAM

BFG Tech nVIDIA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm overclocked
Edited by Caustic Fox - 4/11/12 at 6:57pm
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7770 Radeon looks to be the best. It doesn't have anything but 1GB of VRAM, though.
What resolution are you running right now?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286767%204017%20600298539&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207770%20GHz%20Edition
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=541
 
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Right now I'm running on one monitor with a max resolution of 1440x900. But I plan on doing some gaming on a 50" plasma in 1080P.

Edit to add: Also on the matter of picking a graphics card look at this: Skyrim benchmark

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/457

What's the deal with a HD 6870 reaching only reaching 23.2 FPS while a HD 6950 reaches at 66.5 FPS? Wait... I think I know what the problem is... correct me if I'm wrong. But is that the benefit of having more VRAM available can do? The HD 6870 is lacking the required VRAM to fulfill a stable framerate at that resolution?
Edited by Caustic Fox - 4/11/12 at 8:30pm
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look for a 6850 way better then a 5770 and can be had for less. you in Canada or us


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127646


the 6850 is faster but i like nvidia better amd drivers suck
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Originally Posted by Caustic Fox View Post

Right now I'm running on one monitor with a max resolution of 1440x900. But I plan on doing some gaming on a 50" plasma in 1080P.

Edit to add: Also on the matter of picking a graphics card look at this: Skyrim benchmark

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/457

What's the deal with a HD 6870 reaching only reaching 23.2 FPS while a HD 6950 reaches at 66.5 FPS? Wait... I think I know what the problem is... correct me if I'm wrong. But is that the benefit of having more VRAM available can do? The HD 6870 is lacking the required VRAM to fulfill a stable framerate at that resolution?

1440×900 with 1GB of VRAM is totally doable, but 1080p and higher may start to give you problems (even if you don't turn up AA and the like). VRAM if full will make the game run choppy, or simply crash. :/
If a 6850 or 6870 with 2GB of VRAM has better performance, but is close to your price range then get it. I just hate that you would have to get last generation stuff when the 7xx0 series is out. frown.gif
 
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the 6800 series cards are great. if you want 2 gigs of vram, you can pick up a 6850 2 gig for around $180 off newegg. your not going to have any driver issues with one card setup.
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