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Thanks again, all.

I've had no problems with my Sapphire 4870, so I'll be picking up this guy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102915
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Originally Posted by mst3k;11985140 
Thanks again, all.

I've had no problems with my Sapphire 4870, so I'll be picking up this guy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102915

Since they are both reference cards you can get an MSi with a better warranty for less money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127554&cm_re=6970-_-14-127-554-_-Product

I would consider a GTX570 or a 6950 first.
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I upgraded from a 4870 to a 6950 and it was a great spend, even if you weren't unlocking it I would recommend the 6950 over the 6970 as far as performance for money goes. However if you don't mind spending more then the 6970 is still a great card.

You may want to consider XFX as they give you lifetime warranty for only $10 more.
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I upgraded from a 4890 to a sapphire 6970 and was very pleased.
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post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Gabe63;11985338 
I would consider a GTX570 or a 6950 first.

I've heard good things about the 570. From what I've been able to find they have similar performance, with maybe slightly better performance on the 6970 at high resolutions, though I know that 1680 x 1050 isn't very high.

I also hear rumors that the drivers tend to be better, though I don't know anything about that.

Anything else about the 570 that makes it a contender?
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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by tsm106;11984118 
You could also just get a 6950, at 300 bucks you get 90% of the performance of a 6970. If you act fast you could get an unlockable card too.

Yes, get the 6950 and flash it. Don't get the 5870. 6970 is 3 times faster in tesselation and the tesselation power is the same as my old 5850 CF in heaven. However, my GTX470 SLI scores 75 lol!
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post #17 of 24
6950 is probably the best value right now, specialy with the unlocking to 6970, which is straightforward and safe thanks to the backup bios.

performance wise its about twice as fast as your current card, as ive gone from 4870 to 6950flashed, and thats what i got from my research. sadly hardly run it due to various things going on :/
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6970 is a waste of money, just get the 6950 and unlock it.
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I upgraded from a 4870 (512mb) to a 6970 and am very pleased. To be honest, my 4870 was still performing well but I needed a card with an HDMI output and that prompted me to do a full upgrade.

It destroys GTA IV which isn't easy to do, running at about 50FPS dropping down to a min of 30 from time to time which is still very smooth in this game. I do have an i7 running at 4.2GHz though which is important in such a CPU intensive game.

You won't need to upgrade for Mass Effect 2. I ran ME2 from my oldish laptop (2.8ghz dual core and 9800 GTS graphics) on my 1920x1080 tv at full settings and it was completely smooth (at 30-50 fps). It's a very well optimised game. I don't know about Civ 5 but I can't imagine that being too GPU-intensive.
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post #20 of 24
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You won't need to upgrade for Mass Effect 2. I ran ME2 from my oldish laptop (2.8ghz dual core and 9800 GTS graphics) on my 1920x1080 tv at full settings and it was completely smooth (at 30-50 fps).

ME2 is smooth for me (I'm playing it a second time for giggles) unless I turn on AA, in which case it crawls. redface.gif
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