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I have a MSI Cyclone PE Radeon 6850 that I OC'd to 6870 speeds. I was wondering if upgrading to a better card is worth it or not? I have not looked at any inparticular, but heard great things about Zotac's AMP GTX 670 and the MSI PE GTX 670.

FYI: I use only 1 monitor which can be seen in my sig. Also, I dont mind spending the $$$ but would like to keep it under $500.

Thoughts?
    
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I would personally get a HD7950(they're around $300) and save the rest of the money since you are using just 1 monitor and won't need the extra performance. You can find some HD7950s for around $280 after mail and rebate.
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Certainly. I upgraded from a GTX 470 to a GTX 670. And when both are at stock the 670 is about double the 470.
I guess you will see even a higher jump coming from a 6850 especially in DirectX11 games.
Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce 3x (680 PCB) , MSI 670 PE are the best out there along with the EVGA FTW (680 PCB) if you don't mind the reference cooler though.
Try to keep yourself away from the Asus GTX 670 DCII Top since there are a lot of common issues with that particular card.
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I would personally get a HD7950(they're around $300) and save the rest of the money since you are using just 1 monitor and won't need the extra performance. You can find some HD7950s for around $280 after mail and rebate.

Wont that extra performance translate into more FPS in games on my 1 monitor?
    
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Wont that extra performance translate into more FPS in games on my 1 monitor?

There isn't a single game out there that the HD7950 can't max and wasting more money on a card that will give you only a few fps more isn't worth it since you won't feel it at all when playing.
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If you're willing to pay 670 money then you might as well grab the 7970. It is quicker for almost the same money spent. 670 is better than 7950 at stock but overclocked they are both competitive in a number of titles as 7950 performance scales better with overclock and can overclock further relative to its stock frequencies.
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The GTX 670 can easily slug it out with the 7970Ghz edition. Both of them clock like monsters and the AMD cards only really pull away at multi-monitor super high res setups. Really, either one is going to be great. In order of least to most powerful cards right now:

Radeon 7850
GeForce GTX 660
Radeon 7870 (roughly equal to a GTX 580)
GeForce GTX 660ti
Radeon 7950
GeForce GTX 670/Radeon 7970
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 690 (Trololololololol $1000 GPU. biggrin.gif
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A gtx 670 would be a huge jump and is totally worth it. You'll get over double the performance of the 6850 and it'll last you for a few years easily performance wise. A gtx670 will only net you a little more power consumption also over the 6850. Another plus considering the gpu muscle.

And a 7950 or gtx 670 won't max every single game @1080p, but most games they will. No sinlge gpu card can max everything @1080p period.
    
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A gtx 670 would be a huge jump and is totally worth it. You'll get over double the performance of the 6850 and it'll last you for a few years easily performance wise. A gtx670 will only net you a little more power consumption also over the 6850. Another plus considering the gpu muscle.
And a 7950 or gtx 670 won't max every single game @1080p, but most games they will. No sinlge gpu card can max everything @1080p period.

Define "max" plz?
For some that used to be 30 fps, now the norm is 60 fps and for many "its 120Hz + >60fps or go home"...
Atm when a GTX 670 (and I believe 7950 or any card of this caliber also) cannot do >60 fps on a title, is due to sub-optimized drivers or issues with the game's architecture. Aka stuff outside of the raw power capability of the card itself.
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I'd suggest you wait till Janurary next year(only 3 month away) for the next Gen AMD cards to be released and you can either get those at about $550 or a 7970(which is on par if not superior to 670/680 when OCed) when their prices drop after the release, unless you really need that increase in performance now.
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