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A friend of mine is about to order a new pc (right now) and he's really struggling to choose between the following gpus: 5770 ($160) vs 6950 ($385) (this is norwegian prices so don't get all up on that)

He _only_ plays wow pretty much, and would like to be able to fraps/record something in 1080p res + stream with xfire, and my own 5770 is treating this really well but recording can get a little laggy but I believe it's my cpu stopping that (he's getting a 2500k).

What do you think will fit his needs? Is it worth getting the 6950?

keep in mind: I would always recommend the 6950 but he would like to save some money if possible.

~Thanks in advance
post #2 of 14
You can play WoW with both and idk as always its what your willing to spend etc, etc.

Also, lets say your budget is ~$400 at the max. Well buying a cheaper GPU and upgrading something else can often times be more helpful. Although, tbh, the GPU is the bottleneck(every system is bottlenecked by at least one piece of equipment) of most systems.
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Thing is though - WoW/Fraps is loading the cpu mostly, so I thought it might as well just be better getting the 5770 (Because it really can play it at great framerates), I'm just not sure whether the better gpu will increase fps while frapsing by a lot, since it's mostly the cpu doing the job.

Any inputs on that?


Edit: thanks for the benchmark (I guess he's looking towards the 6950 when I show him this) but wow already runs perfectly smooth on my 5770 so I doubt he'd need like 300+ fps when his screen is 60hz.
Edited by ph10m - 1/29/11 at 8:07pm
post #5 of 14
5970 is enough why spend more you will never use the full potential of the 6970 so its kind of a waste of money. WOW is just not gpu intense enough.
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Personally I have never played WoW didn't they implement some DX11 features(idk how they could be properly implemented into something already in production)?
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by tconroy135 View Post
Personally I have never played WoW didn't they implement some DX11 features(idk how they could be properly implemented into something already in production)?
Yeah they did indeed add dx11 (water effects only)

I think I'll tell him to go with the 5770, I believe frapsing will go real smooth because of the cpu.
post #8 of 14
Just go with the 5770 unless he plans to play higher end games in the future.
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Just go with the 5770 unless he plans to play higher end games in the future.
this. the 6950 will probably be a waste of money
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post #10 of 14
Are those his only two choices? Why not go middle of the road and get a 6870?
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