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K guys... I'm cheap, but I like games. I want to play Crysis 1, bioshock 2, far cry 2, aliens vs predator, maxed out on 1920x1080. Check my specs below, what card with give me the best results for the bucK???


Gtx 460, 470, 480??

HD 6850, 6870????

I'm not gonna game a ton, but would love to have a good enough card for some of these games....
post #2 of 19
If you can still get a Rev. 1 6950 That'll be the best bang for your buck. Unlock the shaders and OC it to stock 6970 clocks.
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dual OC'd 6850's is probably the best bang for the buck
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Can't go duel on this MB. Just something to get some pretty good framerates with is all I ask.
"sigh" ...........how I miss hardcore gaming......
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gtx 560 ti, or amd radeon 6950
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well a 480 should max things pretty well then but isn't very efficient

crysis and AVP are the only really demanding titles that you list. I ran bioshock 2 on a 4890 maxed just fine
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post #7 of 19
Get radeon 6950, flash it to 6970 (same speed as my card) and it will max any game easy.
    
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post #8 of 19
What's your budget? Things change in every price bracket.

The HD 6990 and GTX 590 will be released soon, and you can bet yourself that they'll last years; but they're unreasonably expensive for many people.
Step down a bracket, and you're looking at the GTX 580 as the next best choice.
One more bracket down, and you're looking at probably the 6970/570.
Next, 6950. After that, the 560. I wouldn't go anything lower.

I'm generalizing a LOT, and arguments could be made in each case, but you get the idea. If this will be a long-lasting purchase, a solid choice is going dual cards, and one of the best options at the moment are two 560s, and that'll reasonably max nearly everything, with/without AA depending on the game (this is also subjective, since I personally require 50+ fps to feel comfortable, save a few exceptions).

EDIT: I just saw the point about not being able to run two cards on your motherboard. You're basically going to want to give yourself a budget, and buy the best card available. While a GTX 580 would be awesome, you may not want to spend $500.

Also, "hardcore gaming" is subjective.
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Gotcha. Ok, so.....200-275$.

A buddy of mine got a 6870, loves it. I was contemplating on a 460 or 6850(then O'c to 6870) for my needs in gaming... mostly using my pc for video editing...but would love to play some games(so i'm relying on the IGP right now), but money is super tight right now...


Secondly, the housing is important. I need something that won't block all my SATA ports, and I've seen housing on a few modelsa(460-6970) that isn't so "boxy" and it looks like i'll have access to at least 2 more ports, outside of what is being used...
Edited by matt1898 - 3/4/11 at 10:31pm
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Gotcha. Ok, so.....200-275$.

A buddy of mine got a 6870, loves it. I was contemplating on a 460 or 6850(then O'c to 6870) for my needs in gaming... mostly using my pc for video editing...but would love to play some games(so i'm relying on the IGP right now), but money is super tight right now...
Well, if your going to do be doing video editing, you may want nvidia for raw power, cuba power.
    
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