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I am thinking of getting a HD 6850 graphics card at or after all the Christmas deals going on now but I'm not sure which brand I should get.

I am getting it for occasional gaming such as Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I am so tired of always having to set everything to lowest whenever I play a game lol. My PC is just a stock (did not add anything) HP PC with AMD 9550 CPU and 5gb of ram with on board graphics card. The monitor is 1650x1050 and I'm not thinking of getting any new monitors in the future.

Till now I know there are at least two types of 6850, one with 775MHZ and one 820MHZ. I'm thinking of getting the 820MHZ one because it's only like 10 bucks more.

I went to a local computer store and the representative suggested me getting the XFX one because of the life time warranty. But I know the Gigabyte ultra durable 6850 is also 820MHZ and at least 20-30 bucks cheaper. I also saw a thread in this forum regarding to 6850 vs 6870 that Asus kicks asses and tops the list:

1. Asus
2. Gigabyte
3. Sapphire
4. MSI
5. club 3D

XFX is not even in the list and no1 mentioned it in the thread. Should I really get XFX or Asus or Gigabyte? Does lifetime warranty imply bad manufacturing and assembling because they know they are going to fix problems anyways in the future?

Thanks in advance.
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I also heard the ASUS card was the best overall but I got the Sapphire Toxic Edition (Yes I know I paid 10 bucks more for a OC that I could have done myself, but I like the design better on the card).
because the ASUS card was sold out but I have no regrets.

but still overall I would have gotten a 6870 if they had any in stock when I ordered it but I really don't mind.
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well if it were my money i would by an Asus or a Sapphire
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I also heard the ASUS card was the best overall but I got the Sapphire Toxic Edition (Yes I know I paid 10 bucks more for a OC that I could have done myself, but I like the design better on the card).
because the ASUS card was sold out but I have no regrets.

but still overall I would have gotten a 6870 if they had any in stock when I ordered it but I really don't mind.
But Asus don't have a 820MHz version and yet it's quite expensive, at least based on newegg.ca:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...n=6850&x=0&y=0

Some ppl suggests going for the cheapest and some suggests going for best warranty.
The gigabyte dual fan one looks like is the cheapest 820MHz, only 189.99
The XFX one has lifetime warranty but 219.99
post #5 of 7
the sapphire 1 comes with a $15 rebate card.
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I bought the plain Sapphire one since it had like $30 off after rebates, ect.

The Toxic is also on sale now, and includes an HDMI cable, so it pretty much pays for itself and you get a nicer card.

I'm rather impressed with all of the coolers on the 6850's. Even my plain Sapphire one has a very stout heatsink, heatpipes, and shroud. Much improvement over last generation 5750.

You may want to see how much room is in your case. The 6800 series cards are pretty big.
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the sapphire 1 comes with a $15 rebate card.
$15 rebate card? sounds nice for sure.
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