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My 6950 is dying so I'm in need of a new card. The only game I play is TERA, an MMO that uses the Unreal 3 Engine, so I want the card that will run best for that, not really concerned with how it runs in other games. I'm looking to spend about $150. I run dual monitors, one is a 23" Asus (1920x1080) which I use for gaming, the other is a 19" (1280x1024) that I use for browsing or watching videos while gaming. I plan to overclock whatever card I get.

 

Here's what I'm looking at right now:

Open Box: Asus GTX 650 Ti 2GB - $120

MSI GTX 650 TI 1GB - $130

Asus GTX 650 Ti 1GB - $140

Asus GTX 650 Ti 2GB - $150

Sapphire 7850 1GB - $155


What do you guys think would be the best for TERA? I'm open to suggestions and I 'm not too picky on where I buy from, as long as the price + shipping is good (I get free shipping from Newegg with Shoprunner.) Also if you guys know any good deals/promotions please let me know. :)

Thanks!

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Im not sure but i think your 6950 has more juice then the 650ti and 7850, but i think if you oc the 7850 it will pull a head an be more power efficient. I'm hearing that the 7870xt is a good choice if you can afford a little more. also you can afford it. 7850 2gb would be the least i would go
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No Warranty left on your card?
Can probably send it in and they will most likely send you back a 7850 if they no longer make 6950s.
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You cannot go wrong with a GTX 650 ti boost 2GB.

The only bummer with the GTX 650 ti (non-boost) is the 128bit memory interface, when the HD 7850 has 256bit.

I would personally go with the HD 7850 2GB and 256 bit if its at the same price as the GTX 650ti boost.


Sorry, no result with GTx 650ti boost

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post #5 of 13
KaRLiToS , GTx 650 TI has 128-bit but GTX 650 Ti BOOST is 192 bit like the GTX 660
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doh.gif (Oups I mistaken with GTX 650 ti boost)

I wanted to say GTX 650ti (Non-boost)

The one he linked is 128bit.

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Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

You cannot go wrong with a GTX 650 ti boost 2GB.

The only bummer is the 128bit memory interface, when the HD 7850 has 256bit.

Actually, the 650 Ti BOOST has a 192-bit bus, just like the 660 that it's based on.

Anyhow, MSI's offering a 1GB 650 Ti-B for $125 shipped affter $15 MIR, and a a 2GB 650 Ti-B for $160 shipped after $15 MIR. I believe that those would be the best options around your targeted budget.
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Ecstacy, do yourself a favor and get one of these (I would choose the Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB 256bit)

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

$199.99
$179.99 after $20.00 rebate card

Free FC 3 Blood Dragon, Bioshock & Tomb Raider, limited offer (With 3 free games)




OR


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

$199.99
$185 after $15.00 rebate card

Free FC 3 Blood Dragon, Bioshock & Tomb Raider, limited offer (With 3 free games)




OR


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

$179.99
$169.99 after $10.00 rebate card

Free $75 value in-game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer

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Quote:
Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

You cannot go wrong with a GTX 650 ti boost 2GB.

The only bummer with the GTX 650 ti (non-boost) is the 128bit memory interface, when the HD 7850 has 256bit.

I would personally go with the HD 7850 2GB and 256 bit if its at the same price as the GTX 650ti boost.


Sorry, no result with GTx 650ti boost

thanks for posting that i didn't realize that the 6950 is that far behind in the current gen race. I bet if i would have sli'd two 650tiboosts at 2gb i would have gotten just as good performance vs my 7970 but for only 2/3 the price!
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Thanks for all the input! Repped all of you.

 

I don't think it has a warranty anymore, I can try asking the guy who gave it to me. Hopefully it still does and they'll accept it after me baking it. smile.gif

I wasn't able to overclock my 6950 reguardless of the voltage and judging by the reviews I've read so far the 650 Non-Ti is a little worse, but the 650 Ti and the 7850 should be better, especially when overclocked. After baking my 6950 for the first time I was able to get 1 Ghz stable at 1.2v which I wasn't able to do when I first got it, but it only lasted for a few days before it became unstable, then it ran stock stable for a while, later I could only get it stable while underclocked, now I can't even boot into Windows.

My budget is pretty tight so I can't go for the 7870XT. Really as long as it's on par with a stock 6950 then it's good enough for me cause TERA isn't too demanding, anything more is just icing on the cake.

Looks like it's between the 7850 and the 650 Ti Boost because the 128-bit Non-Ti has bandwidth issues. In most of the reviews I see the 7850 is usually beating the 650 Ti, especially when overclocked, but Nvidia might do better in TERA seeing as the Unreal 3 Engine is optimized for the GTX 500 series.

Also do you guys think the 2GB versions of both cards is worth the extra price if I'm only running 1080p?


Edited by Ecstacy - 6/3/13 at 8:11pm
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