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Hi guys, please help me shed light on this terrible problem XD

I'm thinking of getting a used 5850 or a 6850, both $138, which is the better buy?

I mainly use my rig for gaming on a 1680x1050 res, and is also my torrent rig at times when I need something biggrin.gif
So I like getting good performance on gaming and low power consumption on idle.

I mostly play skyrim nowadays and I would like to have good frames but visually nice.

Will be running the card on a 965BE, 4Gb ram. Am not much into overclocking (I often switch to power saver when I;m not in gaming and turn C&Q almost 90% of the time.

Or would it be a better choice if I just get the 560ti my friend is offering me for $163?
I'm not much of a Nvidia fan myself but if it's totally worth my specs I'd get it instead.

Thinking of ATI in the meantime because of future plans with Eyefinity. Would both 5850 and the 6850 handle it with three 1680x1050 res?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 10
The 6850 or 5850 would do pretty well at 1680x1050 still yea - and if you're trying to save a few bucks that's fine.
Between the two the 5850 is still a better performer, a 6870 would be more on par with it.
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They will both struggle with eyefinitiy, but the 5850 is the stronger of the 2 cards, the 560ti is a bit faster than the 5850 but not too much
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What are the prices for a new HD 6850 in your region. Atleast cut off 30% on that price. Same for GTX 560 Ti. Search for good deals. I think it would be better to search for a good deal on used HD 6950 2GB. I would consider 2GB VRAM as a minimum for anybody purchasing a graphics card today even at 1680 x 1050. Since you might try Eyefinity its all the more reason to get a used HD 6950 2GB.
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What are the prices for a new HD 6850 in your region. Atleast cut off 30% on that price. Same for GTX 560 Ti. Search for good deals. I think it would be better to search for a good deal on used HD 6950 2GB. I would consider 2GB VRAM as a minimum for anybody purchasing a graphics card today even at 1680 x 1050. Since you might try Eyefinity its all the more reason to get a used HD 6950 2GB.

Yeah OP get a 300$ video card !

raghu78 : He's between 2 $138 video cards and a $163 one, not a $250-$300 GPU.
post #6 of 10
For the price I would go with the 5850 over the 6850 as the 6850 is slower and a 560ti isn't that much better than a 5850.
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Yeah OP get a 300$ video card !
raghu78 : He's between 2 $138 video cards and a $163 one, not a $250-$300 GPU.

a new HD 6950 2GB can be had for less than 200 bucks in the US.

Sapphire HD 6950 2 GB - USD 190 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

I don't know what prices are for a new HD 6950 2 GB in the OP's region. If the OP is getting a used GTX 560 Ti for $163 a used HD 6950 can be had too for around the same price. He just needs to search for good deals.
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Thanks for your replies guys, a new 6850 costs +32% of the used one in our region. Fortunately there are good deals on a 6950 here, but I don't have enough cash to dish out for it at the moment. biggrin.gif

Would jumping from 5850 to 6950 make a big difference?
Thank you again y'all thumb.gif
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Thanks for your replies guys, a new 6850 costs +32% of the used one in our region. Fortunately there are good deals on a 6950 here, but I don't have enough cash to dish out for it at the moment. biggrin.gif
Would jumping from 5850 to 6950 make a big difference?
Thank you again y'all thumb.gif

It will definitely make a difference in DX11 games. Because HD 6950 has improved dual tesselator compared to HD 5850 which has a lesser performing single tesselator.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/512?vs=510

You can look at Batman AC 1920 X 1200 Extreme 4x AA and see the huge difference. So when tesselation is heavily used the HD 6950 is much faster. Games like BF3, Crysis 2 , Metro 2033 will all show significant improvements. Even at the same clocks HD 6950 will be between 10 - 15% faster than HD 5850. IMO getting a HD 6950 2GB card is the better option.
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beall bad information get a 7850 for 200 to 230
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