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Should I spend extra for a 7870?

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Hey

My current resolution is 1600x900, and although I am not happy with my monitor (terrible blacks), I don't see myself replacing it anytime soon.

With that in mind, I was planning to buy Sapphire RADEON HD7850 2Gb (€ 166,90), because at its pricepoint it is best value for its vram and cooler.

However @ € 187,50 I can get a XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core edition.

I feel like the Sapphire is a more suitable card with better cooling, but I don't want to regret not paying 20 extra for something better in the future. Anyone have any input?

My CPU will be a 3570k (currently running stock, BSOD when overclocking in prime, hope to achieve 4.0Ghz in future)
My PSU will be 430w
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post #2 of 8
You could probably get a used 7950 for that same price. I got mine locally for 240 dollars. Plenty of people on here selling used cards.
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Yep! It's worth it. If you can find a cheap
7950 then get ut
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HD 7870 is a significant upgrade from the HD 7850. Then again, if you can find an HD 7950, that would be the best option of the bunch.
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OP which country are you from.right now the HD 7870 Tahiti LE can be got for not much more. thats a much faster card than the HD 7850. the Sapphire HD 7870 XT is the best Tahiti LE in terms of cooling.
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

HD 7870 is a significant upgrade from the HD 7850. Then again, if you can find an HD 7950, that would be the best option of the bunch.

After some research there is a bigger disparity in price then I thought. The 7870 for 184 euros is a discontinued product that has many complaints about it. The good cards start at 210, so I think I will stay on the 7850 after all.
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 3/11/13 at 11:05am
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

OP which country are you from.right now the HD 7870 Tahiti LE can be got for not much more. thats a much faster card than the HD 7850. the Sapphire HD 7870 XT is the best Tahiti LE in terms of cooling.

Netherlands. I looked at the Tahiti cards, but for some reason they have high multi-monitor idle power usage, so I am avoiding them for now. Besides, they are out of my pricerange.

Does anyone know if there is anything wrong with the Sapphire RADEON HD7850 (11200-07-20G)
http://azerty.nl/producten/zoek?v_uitgebreid=on&PAGINA=1&ZOEKTERMEN=7850&SORTERING=prijs_asc&VERFIJNING_2974%5B224%5D=on&presentatie=miniatuur-lijst

Its the cheapest 2GB card I can get, but I am suspicious of its low price + dual fans. Usually dual fans are 20 euros more expensive :s
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 3/11/13 at 2:42pm
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post #8 of 8
I have that 7850. The first one had bad coil whine so I returned it and hte new one is ok. I think you will be fine at the resolution you have. You may have to turn down some settings on future games, but I think it should play most current stuff without issue.

For reference, Mine also OC to about 1100 1475 on stock voltage. Fans are quiet enough and they keep the card at 60deg load.
 
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