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post #1 of 11
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Hello guys,
I have a friend wanting to upgrade his video card. He's got a HD 5850 and is always asking me what he should get. I got fed up with him asking and I decided to ask u nice OCNers for help.

What should he do?
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post #2 of 11
I think these are the possible choices:
*6950 1GB - good performance
*6950 2GB - good performance and (with some luck) can be flashed into a 6970
*GTX 570 - performance slightly the two above
-6850/6870, GTX 560 are slower than the 5850

There are also the 6970 & GTX 580, but since he had a 5850 I suppose he doens't want to go for the high end now.
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post #3 of 11
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or maybe, should he wait for the 600 series from nVidia or AMD's next generation?
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post #4 of 11
Is there some game he needs more performance from? If not, then whats the rush. Until he has the need there will always be better, faster cards coming out.

BTW, if he does want to upgrade and its a reference card - Im in the market for one!
    
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post #5 of 11
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He says starcraft II is not running as he would like. He's got min 25 FPS.
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post #6 of 11
what is his budget?
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sounds to me like hes too picky SC2 on one 5850 runs fine for me completely maxed out.
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post #8 of 11
Here is the link shown some numbers for most latest GPUs. Maybe just 5850 CF. Have him make up the budget and describe what he will use it for, member will pick one for him.
post #9 of 11
Is he bottlenecking his GPU? What RES is he running at?
    
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post #10 of 11
How bout overclocking that baby? 5850s oc like mad. Paired with a mild to average cpu oc, he'll be able to play SC2 smoothly.
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