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post #1 of 11
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Okay, this will be going into a system with an i3 3220 already in it.

Choices-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Games I currently play-

World of Warcraft (with addons/mods and music in the background usually with one tab or two open in chrome)
Skyrim (with a lot of mods/addons)
Sims 3
Duke Nukem Forever
Diablo 3

I am playing on a 1680x1050 widescreen resolution but in the future may get a 1920x1080.

I don't do any video rendering.

I have heard both cards are comparable, I'm willing to sacrifice a few fps for reliability, low power consumption, and a cooler, more stable card.

Note: Unless it is the same price, do NOT suggest another card please.
post #2 of 11
7850, newer gen, great card. wow runs like butter on my 6850, so that should be no problem.
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post #3 of 11
I'd buy the 7850. It's a great card, and newer technology than a 560. It'll run cooler and take less power, as well as perform better in games, and overclock better than the 560. I've heard people having troubles getting 560's over 1 GHz core clock, but my 7850 can easily go to 1.2 GHz core clock.

Also, are you set on 1 GB VRAM? Because on a 1080p the VRAM is going to be limiting you. I play in 1600x900 and in games such as Battlefield 3, I'm using 1.5-1.7 GB VRAM. You can get a 2 GB 7850 for not a lot more, and it's worth it.
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post #4 of 11
7850. No question. It is significantly more powerful, runs quieter (especially the version you linked), consumes less power. Win on all fronts.
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post #5 of 11
7850 hands down. However, the 1gb VRAM is going to be pretty limiting in Skyrim at 1080p, especially if you're running lots of mods.

It doesn't matter how fast the card is if you don't have enough VRAM. At a certain point, the card just chokes and framerates become unplayable.
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post #6 of 11
yeah the HD 7850 is easily faster than GTX 560 at stock . HD 7850 also has much more OC headroom . HD 7850 at 1.15 - 1.2 ghz matches HD 7870 / GTX 580. draws less power and runs cooler. go for a 2GB card as the latest games like skyrim with mods and BF3 Ultra 4x MSAA easily use more than 1GB VRAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473
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post #7 of 11
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Okay, 7850 it is then.

I won't be getting the 1080p monitor for another 6 months to a year at this rate, will that extra gig still matter? And as to the 7850, is there a best one? like Sapphire, MSI, ETC?
post #8 of 11
Get the sapphire 7850. 2gb will help at 1050p, but is not totally necessary. The 7850 Is much better than the 6850(last gen) card though.
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post #9 of 11
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How well will it play with an i3 3220?
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How well will it play with an i3 3220?

core i3 3220 is powerful enough to drive a HD 7850 without bottlenecking the GPU.
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