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Old 02-11-2013, 11:54 AM #1198
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I can game decently enough on a 540m which is 14 tiers below a 7870, so you can step down quite a bit and be alright, especially being that this isn't a hardcore gaming rig. The 570 for $150 is a much better option
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:03 PM #1199
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:05 PM #1200
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Why not?
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Its old and slow. I would much rather shell out an extra ~$50 and get a newer gen card. That or not even get a graphics card at all to begin with.
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For $50 more you could get a 7850 or 660 which are current gen, but with negligible performance gains. You'd literally be paying $50 for nothing
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:18 PM #1203
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690 is the only option.
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690 is the only option.
Agreed.

So, I sold one 680 and the other one is (hopefully) going soon. My goal was to downgrade before the new cards came out. What do you guys think I should replace it with? I was thinking 2x 3gb 660TI's or 2 7950s.
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For $50 more you could get a 7850 or 660 which are current gen, but with negligible performance gains. You'd literally be paying $50 for nothing
Then I would stick with integrated graphics for a while until I needed to shell out the money for a decent graphics card.

Or just sli 690s
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:35 PM #1207
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A 570 is more than decent...
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That's just crazy talk. A 7870 does a little better than "decent" in video games. He could probably spend half that price and still do alright. Although if the budget is there, its a solid card.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:45 PM #1211
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The 7870 is not a bad card. If you run games on medium settings at 1080 you will do fine, there is probably a few exceptions to that though.
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The 7870 is not a bad card. If you run games on medium settings at 1080 you will do fine, there is probably a few exceptions to that though.
You're underselling it now. The 7870 should perform similar to a 580. I have a 580 that is probably being bottlenecked by my Q9550 and I can still get good framerates in games with everything maxed out. I did a short test in Crysis 2 with everything maxd out at 1920x1080 and the lowest I saw was 48fps and the average was around 55fps. The same setup can get similar framerates with everything maxd in the original Crysis, the only exception being object detail has to be turned down to High instead of Very High to not notice lag in large firefights.
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You're underselling it now. The 7870 should perform similar to a 580. I have a 580 that is probably being bottlenecked by my Q9550 and I can still get good framerates in games with everything maxed out. I did a short test in Crysis 2 with everything maxd out at 1920x1080 and the lowest I saw was 48fps and the average was around 55fps. The same setup can get similar framerates with everything maxd in the original Crysis, the only exception being object detail has to be turned down to High instead of Very High to not notice lag in large firefights.
I don't want to make it more than it is an disappoint him. I agree, it is a great card. I wouldn't quite say 580, but it's definitely on the level of the 570 and the 660.
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I don't want to make it more than it is an disappoint him. I agree, it is a great card. I wouldn't quite say 580, but it's definitely on the level of the 570 and the 660.
I could very well be wrong. I usually use the Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart Tom's Hardware puts out as a general reference. Of course, before I make important decisions I always look at specific benchmarks. That's the only reason I compared a 7870 to a 580.
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I wouldn't 100% agree with it, but that's still a good reference. I'd say the 570 and 7870 (depending on the model of each) would be on par depending on the game.
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2 cents: set yourself up for possible sli/crossfure later, but don't start out with it. invest in the best card you can so long as you have enough to buy a PSU that could drive two such cards. later, when you want to upgrade, the same card you bought initially will be cheaper and therefore upgrading via a dualie config will be cheaper than buying a brand new top-tier card.
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