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hi all

i need a video card that does all of the following:

-plays WoW set to direct x 11 on highest settings with all the features enabled.
-will not die on me for at least a few years lol
-doesn't suck power like crazy

i'm kind of trying to go green without sacrificing too much performance here. my first thought is the HD 7850.

things run OK (aside from certain times) until i join a raid, my hd 5470 (mobile card, no integrated memory) slows down to around 5-10 fps.

its still playable, by that i mean the computer doesn't freeze up, but no it really isn't playable. lol

also does anyone have any information on what effects the performance during WoW?

i figured i would just get the bare minimum core i5 thats 22nm or whatever the best one for OCing is and go with that.
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a GTX 660ti or a GTX 670 would do the trick
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unfortunately i've always been big on ATI cards. i used to have a 7800gtx and it could EASILY handle 16x AA and HDR at the same time, unfortunately it was incompatible with running both at the same time (back in the days when i played oblivion all the time).

please provide me with benchmarks saying that those cards use less power and perform the same as the one i mentioned or i'll probably end up sticking with an AMD/ATI card
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7850, 7870 or a 7950 or if you have the cash go for a 7970
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post #5 of 28
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hi all
i need a video card that does all of the following:
-plays WoW set to direct x 11 on highest settings with all the features enabled.
-will not die on me for at least a few years lol
-doesn't suck power like crazy
i'm kind of trying to go green without sacrificing too much performance here. my first thought is the HD 7850.
things run OK (aside from certain times) until i join a raid, my hd 5470 (mobile card, no integrated memory) slows down to around 5-10 fps.
its still playable, by that i mean the computer doesn't freeze up, but no it really isn't playable. lol
also does anyone have any information on what effects the performance during WoW?
i figured i would just get the bare minimum core i5 thats 22nm or whatever the best one for OCing is and go with that.

IMO a 7850 is amazing bang for your buck, start there.

What type of processor do you have(sig rig isn't very informative)? What's your budget?
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post #6 of 28
a 660ti or 670 will do the trick, but its total overkill. hell, a 7770 will get you pretty good performance, however, i suggest a 7850 just to make sure you wont have to upgrade next xpac.



im on duskwood, just bought panderia friday thumb.gif
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post #7 of 28
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well right now i have a core i5 in my laptop so its a dual core.

i'm looking at building my new rig soon, and everything else is kind of standard... the video card on the other hand is going to keep it from slowing down during raids when i have 40 people casting lightning bolts or whatever lol... add all those spells up and my video card will have its work cut out for it.

i figure the quad core with hyperthreading will be more than enough to handle WoW and then i was considering either the 7850 or 7870. but if the 7950 offers higher performance and lower power consumption for instance, i figure the difference in cost will make itself up over time. are there any loopholes like this? i would even consider going with an NVidia card if they offer something like that.
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post #8 of 28
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well right now i have a core i5 in my laptop so its a dual core.
i'm looking at building my new rig soon, and everything else is kind of standard... the video card on the other hand is going to keep it from slowing down during raids when i have 40 people casting lightning bolts or whatever lol... add all those spells up and my video card will have its work cut out for it.
i figure the quad core with hyperthreading will be more than enough to handle WoW and then i was considering either the 7850 or 7870. but if the 7950 offers higher performance and lower power consumption for instance, i figure the difference in cost will make itself up over time. are there any loopholes like this? i would even consider going with an NVidia card if they offer something like that.

Sorry if I'm misunderstanding but are you asking this for a laptop?

Just an FYI the cost in electricity from using a more power-hungry card is negligible, a few dollars per year at worst.
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post #9 of 28
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no, i'm going to build a desktop. i got a free monitor from my girlfriends work (they're closing down and yes they gave a bunch of stuff away).

so i figure, having knocked a huge chunk of the cost of a new computer out of the way i can maybe sell this laptop, and get a desktop.

i know how to build them and ive pretty much made my mind up about the desktop EXCEPT for the video card. from the looks of it, i should probably get either a 7870 or a 7950
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post #10 of 28
If it's between the 7870 and 7950 get the latter, it's an absolute beast of a card and should keep you happy for a long, long time.

EDIT: Also, best bang for buck "gaming" CPU out there is arguably the i5 2500k, while the 3570k has some small improvements it's generally not worth 30-40 extra.
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