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Building a new PC next week and want to make sure I get as much performance out of my small budget as I can, so I'd like to know whether I should get an...

MSi Radeon HD6850 Cyclone Power Edition.

Or if I should spend the extra $50 for the...

MSi Radeon HD6870 Hawk. has twin frozr III custom cooling.


Thanks.


Edit: price is based on australian dollar and an australian website.
Edited by dragneel - 3/17/11 at 8:19pm
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the 6870 is a wise investment... me personally i have the 6850 and couldnt be happier with it.... its a great bang for the buck card
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the 6870 is a wise investment... me personally i have the 6850 and couldnt be happier with it.... its a great bang for the buck card
Yeah I'd still be extremely happy with either, since im upgrading from a crappy 9400GT :| but I'm leaning towards the 6870 primarily for the twin frozr cooler which I only ever read good things about.

but would still like some other peoples input, this is the first rig ill be putting together for gaming, and I want to make it a good one lol. well as good as it can with only $1000 Aud. got all the info on everything else and happy so far as far as price to performance goes, but just want some last minute opinions on graphics cards.
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i feel ya
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i would get 6850 since this card do overclock pretty good, you can get near 6870 stock clock performance. I love my asus 6850 oc like beast


but any way i would get 6870 if money is not a problem.
Edited by fatmario - 3/17/11 at 8:38pm
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post #6 of 15
There's a 6850/70 thread around.
A 6950 can be had for $269, though.
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post #7 of 15
6870..

else if you can afford to buy a 6950 that would as well is a satisfying treat..
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Definitely 6850. They overclock just as well as the 6870, and only requires 1 x 6-pin power connector.
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post #9 of 15
You can get an HD 6850 for near $150 and HD 6870 for near $200 now if you look carefully. You aren't going to get 33% more performance for paying 33% more for the HD 6870. The margins get even closer when overclocked, since both cards peak stable overclock is about the same, somewhere between 1000-1075 MHZ with some extra voltage. But I have no idea what Australia pricing is like...
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You can get an HD 6850 for near $150 and HD 6870 for near $200 now if you look carefully. You aren't going to get 33% more performance for paying 33% more for the HD 6870. The margins get even closer when overclocked, since both cards peak stable overclock is about the same, somewhere between 1000-1075 MHZ with some extra voltage. But I have no idea what Australia pricing is like...
unfortunately computer gear here is quite highly priced...

$209.00 for the msi 6850

$259.00 for the msi 6870

$299.00 for a 6950...

unfortunately my budget won't allow over $260 for the graphics, I have to come out around $1100 with my rig, a keyboard and mouse and a usb network adaptor also postage because my current pc will become my brothers and I only have 1 of each.

And I'm completely set on the parts im getting already, so no chance of downgrading anything for the extra cash towards 6950.

unless I got the $40 cheaper i5 2500 instead of the 2500k. but i dont think id be happy with that at the end of the day, I want to oc.
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