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Originally Posted by Fatal05;12459583 
I've been out of the loop for a while, but my system isn't handling Bad Company 2 like I had hoped. My 8800GT is finally showing it's age, and I know my CPU is less than desirable.

Looking to spend around $150 (and not much more). Would like to run the game on high with a bit of AA. Quieter and cooler the better--also, I only have a 500W PSU.
Well, for exactly $150, a GTX 460 768MB would be your best bet (the MSI Twin Frozr one looks like it OC's like a champ).

But if you're willing to stretch your budget just a bit, then the HD 6850 would be the card to get @ ~$180.

Both would play BFBC2 just fine @ 2x/4x AA| 16x AF.

EDIT: On a different note, the most significant performance improvement I've seen in BFBC2 altogether was when I updated to this Intel Core i5-2500K.

In 2010, I went from a AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 BE / AMD Radeon HD 5770 to a AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE / Radeon HD 5770 to a AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE / GeForce GTX 460 1 GB OC to a AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE / GeForce GTX 470 and finally to my sig rig.

None of the improvements I saw in both the CPU and GPU were as significant as going from a AMD Phenom II X4 955 to this monster of a CPU.

BFBC2 is a CPU whore.
Edited by SlackerITGuy - 2/20/11 at 3:16pm
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Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy;12460798 
Well, for exactly $150, a GTX 460 768MB would be your best bet (the MSI Twin Frozr one looks like it OC's like a champ).

But if you're willing to stretch your budget just a bit, then the HD 6850 would be the card to get @ ~$180.

Both would play BFBC2 just fine @ 2x/4x AA| 16x AF.

I disagree. At 1440/900, both will play BFBC2 just fine @ x8AA, x16 AF tongue.gif
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No. Please don't misinform fellow users. A 460 uses NO WHERE NEAR 280 watts. A 6850 under load uses NO WHERE NEAR 230 watts. More like 115-120 watts. (by comparison, a 460 uses 140-160 watts maximum)

You're confusing the FULL SYSTEM power load with the GPU power load. When reviewers make charts and comments to this effect, you will see it includes the full system, from the plug-in at the wall. It also isn't taking PSU efficiency into account.

His entire system, with a 460, would use around ~280-300 watts at full (gaming) load. With a 6850, it would use around ~260-280 watts from the plug.

Edit: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/nvidias-geforce-gtx-460-the-200-king/17 Note in the power consumption graph "Total system power consumption, in watts." Conveniently, the 8800gt is also on the chart, so you can see how (little) your power usage will increase with a 460. (roughly 32 watts while playing Crysis)



Your CPU is fine, but if it's going to be a bottleneck, it will hold both cards back to the same degree, i.e. it would be pointless to buy a higher-end card because your CPU will be the determining factor in your minimum and average frame rates.

I hope that makes sense. Sometimes, I'm terrible at explanations.

I still stand by my recommendations, 5770 if you want cheap, or 6850/ GTX 460 768mb if you want higher-end. It's down to preference whether you like Nvidia or Ati/AMD.
Thanks for the clarification! I think my 500W will be sufficient for a bit longer--32 watts doesn't worry me too much. But the 6850 would draw less power than my 8800gt, which is pretty impressive. I love the progression of technology! More performance and higher efficiency!

Also, your bottleneck explanation was good. There is probably a negligible difference between the 6850 and 460 with my CPU--they are already pretty close with a high end CPU. Think I'll go ahead with the GTX 460.
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My brother used to run it with a 4850 512mb in high settings with 2x AA, but when he switched to 1080p resolution with his 47-inch tv he had some video lag. Now he runs it pretty well with a 5770.
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This card has breathed new life into my system! It's a lot quieter, and runs cooler than my old (and now dead) eVGA 8800GT SC. My system eats up BC2 with 4x MSAA and 8xAF, thanks you guys!

I forgot what it was like to play with good frame rate tongue.gif
    
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The 5770 would work well. Use to have one when I was playing BC2 biggrin.gif
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