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Hey guys, So I've been running a 560ti for a while (quite a step down from my 680), but I was wondering if an upgrade to a 7870 would be worth it this late in the game. I only have about $100 plus whatever I can get for my 560ti. I don't plan on keeping the card more than a year, just long enough for the 8xxx series to start to drop in price

this is the model I was looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404&Tpk=His%20IceQ%207870&IsVirtualParent=1

and the specs on my current card

GF114
1gb VRAM
930 core clock, stock volts
2140 Mem clock
50c Idle, 80c load


So would this be a sidegrade or No.
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It would be a nice upgrade, especially for the 2GB of vram, 1GB is pretty limiting. One thing though, are you looking for an upgrade because your 560 Ti isn't cutting it any more or just because you feel like it's time to upgrade?
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OP explained below.

Edited by heraisu - 4/7/13 at 11:34am
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It would be a nice upgrade, especially for the 2GB of vram, 1GB is pretty limiting. One thing though, are you looking for an upgrade because your 560 Ti isn't cutting it any more or just because you feel like it's time to upgrade?

Sort of both, It's not that the 560ti dosen't cut it, it does fine on most games, I just don't like how hot and loud it gets.
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you can get around USD 120 - 130 for a GTX 560 Ti. also get a HD 7870 Tahiti LE instead of a HD 7870 Pitcairn. HD 7870 Tahiti LE is 10 -12% faster than the regular HD 7870 Pitcairn. the HD 7870 Tahiti LE at 1.2 Ghz matches HD 7970(925 Mhz).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131487

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/
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