4850 upgrade to 6850?

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AMD Phenom II X3 720BE overclocked to 3.6Ghz
ASUS M4A78 Mobo
4Gb Patriot Extreme DDR2
ASUS HD4850 512Mb core clock at 700MHz memory 1095MHz

Looking to upgrade my graphics card so i can play bf3, skyrim etc.

options.......

6850 £120
6950 £150
560ti £150
 
so either the GTX 560 Ti or HD 6950 will be your best option to max out some games.
both cards are performing similar to each other depending on the game.
the 2 GB version of the HD 6950 will be helping in VRAM hungry games such as the new GTA, Crysis 2 and will be a more proof for future VRAM hungry games.

and you had better get a quad core CPU, some games such as BF3 is said to be CPU intensive.
 

dunn2k

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iv heard that mate, im hoping that my overclocked am3 will do....... fingers crossed lol

i agree the 2gb 6950 will help me be 'futureproof'

the question is which card do i buy. i.e. msi, gigabyte, asus, saphire, etc.

My top limit inc postage is £150, £160 if i cut my hand off lol

thanks for your advce :)
 
well, they are all good brands i have been using Sapphire since the Radeon X1900 and i haven't had a problem till now. and sapphire is the best partner for AMD BTW.
Gigabyte, MSI, Asus i guess they offer some factory overclocked GPUs which will be a little higher priced than the normal ones.
so my advice get the cheapest and best cooling one
 
the twin frozer ii is a good one, and yes you can overclock it easily with eyes closed..lol
unlocking the HD 6950 to HD 6970 is not recommended for non-reference designed cards as they don't have the BIOS switch in case something goes wrong.
 
unfortunately there are no reference designed cards in the market :(
all the new ones come with better cooling solution which give more headroom for overclocking, less noise than reference designed cards.
but the only disadvantage is that there's no a BIOS switch
 

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challenge for you then my friend.........i live in the UK, please please find me a card in my price range (150/160) on line. iv been looking at 6850s and 6950s etc for 6 hours now :(

:D
 

haha i wanted to recommend CF setup in order to enjoy gaming at 1080P without a lag of FPS.
HD 6850 will let you down with the new BF3 and the upcoming games. and it's a garbage GPU because of microstuttering when getting a second one for crossfiring.
 

if the Twin Frozer II is in your price range... grab it and enjoy HD gaming
 

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lol so im going to have to bite the bullet right and buy a 6950 (or 560 ti? or not lol)

iv found this website http://www.pc-titan.com which seems very cheap. see if you can find one lol

PS: im using 4 Gb DDr2 ram......am i ok?
 

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There's no such thing as "future proof" in the computer world. The 6850 is a powerful card. It compares to the 460 in a'lot of games. Although that may be biased because i have one. But i have heard the horrors of crossfire. And that's one of the reasons i regret buying it.
 

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well its a 700 watt switching psu.... a relatively cheap one but not the worst!! sorry i cant remember the brand (do you know how if you cant find it on your computer, iv tried looking for the label!)

sorry by 'future proof' i was merely refering to the 6950 being 2gb....
 

does it come with cables sleeved ? how many PCI Express connector does it have ? if it's an unknown model i'm sorry i'll have to say you need to get a decent PSU instead of firing out your system.
 

better you get the GPU first then ask about overclocking :) anyway i'm hitting 880 MHZ core clock and 1350 Memory clock
 

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haha was only asking because at stock they are 800 and factory overclocked generally at 850.....so therefore its wise to buy the cheaper 800 like yourself and overclock..... :)

im looking up the psu now...but no i dont have sleevded cables :(
 
so make a budget for a new PSU, this PSU is not capable of handling your GPU and will cause the system to crash. it doesn't even have a PCIe connectors, it's available via adapters which is not recommended for your system.
cheap and garbage PSUs doesn't deliver that wattage