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Well I have been using a Q6600 along with a gts450 for quite a while now. And the fact that I can more than double my performance for less than $100 after selling the included games and my old card is too much to pass up.

I am fairly close to settled on PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473

Would love some further input before I submit the order.

My thoughts:
As much as I would like to do a full system rebuild, it's just not the time. And from what I have seen a q6600 at 3.6 is not really a bottleneck for most games.

Selling the games makes it a crazy good deal.

I cant seem to save more than $5 going with a 1GB card.

Is there any issues with the powercolor brand and overclocking? I heard some problems about voltage being locked but still reading into it.

I definitely plan on overclocking as much as possible. Would going to XFX(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609) be worth the extra $10? Thanks
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I have heard great things about XFX, Sapphire, and Asus cards. I personally have used both XFX and Sapphire, they are about equal. I did not do any major overclocking. My XFX is sitting at 1050mhz core and 1350mhz memory. Haven't had any issues.
As far as selling the games, I have been having a h*** of a time getting rid of them. Idk why but no one seems to want steam keys.
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Stay away from XFX. The current gen cards are bad cooled and they sound like a hoover.

Sapphire, gigabyte and asus are the way to go

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Originally Posted by Ramzinho View Post

Stay away from XFX. The current gen cards are bad cooled and they sound like a hoover.

Sapphire, gigabyte and asus are the way to go

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I guess that is probably true about the cooling. I have mine hooked up to a H60 and my case has plenty of ventilation thumb.gif. Stock it was noisy. I recommend the Sapphire.
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amazon is doing same bundle for any AMD card 7850 & 7870... think you get bioshock and crysis3 with 9xxx series cards...

I was looking at the 7850's and opted for a 7870 after searching a lot of reviews and benchmarks, etc... but honestly, with so much out there combined with modding and OC'ing it really comes down to what you want. the 7850's are good mid range card that, after another price drop, will make putting a crossfire setup very affordable. I only went with the 7870 for the higher core clock (actually OC'd from factory) which "should" give me more headroom for pushing it later on...

just for kicks, consider
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404
&
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R785OC-2GD/dp/B007PJTNYS/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1365035228&sr=8-13&keywords=7870+graphic

the extra $50 would be worth it in my book... but I'm by no means an expert when it comes to GC's or what brands are best... I get a lot of crap for preferring MSI but that's mainly for MB's and that's only because all my recent computers had MSI boards, and not one of them flaked on me...
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actually, amazon says it can get that 7870 for cheaper... but didn't verify
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I would pick between one of these two, NOTHING ELSE at this price


This

$169.99 after $10.00 rebate card (Get $75 value in-game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer)

EVGA 02G-P4-3658-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card



OR

$184.99 after $15.00 rebate card (Free Bioshock & Tomb raider game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer)

SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version


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Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

I would pick between one of these two, NOTHING ELSE at this price


This

$169.99 after $10.00 rebate card (Get $75 value in-game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer)

EVGA 02G-P4-3658-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card



OR

$184.99 after $15.00 rebate card (Free Bioshock & Tomb raider game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer)

SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version



Agreed. I just recommended that Sapphire card to another member. biggrin.gif
post #9 of 31
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Well I have been using a Q6600 along with a gts450 for quite a while now. And the fact that I can more than double my performance for less than $100 after selling the included games and my old card is too much to pass up.

I am fairly close to settled on PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473

Would love some further input before I submit the order.

My thoughts:
As much as I would like to do a full system rebuild, it's just not the time. And from what I have seen a q6600 at 3.6 is not really a bottleneck for most games.

Selling the games makes it a crazy good deal.

I cant seem to save more than $5 going with a 1GB card.

Is there any issues with the powercolor brand and overclocking? I heard some problems about voltage being locked but still reading into it.

I definitely plan on overclocking as much as possible. Would going to XFX(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609) be worth the extra $10? Thanks

It's worth going to the dual dissipation edition because it has a (marginally) better cooler and better warranty. XFX comes with double lifetime warranty if you live in North America and register. That measns the person that buys it from you also has lifetime warranty.

Powercolor has 2 year warranty, which is the same as XFX Core Edition.

The Sapphire card KaRLiToS linked is the best option you have if you're going AMD. It will overclock higher than the GTX 650 Ti Boost (which has a blower fan and no voltage control since that's a reference board)
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At stock the HD7850 and GTX 650 TI Boost are pretty much within margin of error (a few FPS).

If I were you I would wait. The prices would only drop. The GTX 650 Ti Boost is starting a price war in 120-200USD markets, with the HD7790 coming it will only get better for consumers. smile.gif

edit: as a side note I don't know why people complain about XFX cards with the double fan, it's supposed to be pretty quiet unless you have black edition fan profiles?
http://ht4u.net/reviews/2012/xfx_radeon_hd_7850_black_edition_im_test/index8.php
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/xfx-hd7850-black-edition-review/17/
http://techreport.com/review/22705/xfx-radeon-hd-7850-and-7870-black-edition-graphics-cards/7
http://techreport.com/review/23690/review-nvidia-geforce-gtx-650-ti-graphics-card/9 --- quieter than GTX 650 Ti AMP!
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/graphics-card-round-up-march-2013/32/ -- Core edition.

Disclaimer: this may not hold for HD7950/HD7970... seems they used the same cooler on the HD7950/HD7970 s they did on HD7870/HD7850... the TDP is double for HD79xx.
Edited by AlphaC - 4/3/13 at 6:18pm
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It's worth going to the dual dissipation edition because it has a (marginally) better cooler and better warranty. XFX comes with double lifetime warranty if you live in North America and register. That measns the person that buys it from you also has lifetime warranty.

Powercolor has 2 year warranty, which is the same as XFX Core Edition.

If I were you I would wait. The prices would only drop. The GTX 650 Ti Boost is starting a price war in 120-200USD markets, with the HD7790 coming it will only get better for consumers. smile.gif

You happen to have a way of getting a hold of XFX in the U.S. . The website doesn't work properly and emails to support keep coming back. I want to register my card lol.
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