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Old 11-18-2011, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings everyone, new here to the forum and I have some questions, anyways here is my build listed below:

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Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
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Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB)
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So I plan on upgrading my video card during the holiday seasons, I want to know which video card I should get in order to run all the games out to date on high settings, and it must be able to max out Diablo 3, I know it's not out yet but I'm sure it can't be more graphically demanding than BF3 right? Also, will my other components hold my video card back? I know my pc is quite old what do you guys suggest I replace (if need be)? I知 really trying to keep a low budget so I知 hoping a video card is all I need, I'm afraid that you guys will tell me my motherboard don't even support modern video cards or what not lol. I知 willing to spend $150 more or less on the video card which I hope can maintain at a steady 70 fps, or no lower than 60 fps @ 1920 x 1080 res (24" widescreen).

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I’m willing to spend $150 more or less on the video card
That is going to be more of a limiting factor than any of your hardware.
The best I could find around that budget is an XFX HD 6870.
It will more than likely max D3 based on current system reqs (here), but I don't think it will be maxing BF3.
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That is going to be more of a limiting factor than any of your hardware.
The best I could find around that budget is an XFX HD 6870.
It will more than likely max D3 based on current system reqs (here), but I don't think it will be maxing BF3.
Thanks for the reply, alright so this is what I've come up with, get the 560 ti if there is a very good deal during boxing day, if not then settle with the 6850. My questions are, is the 6870 worth that $30 more over the 6850? Are these the best cards to choose from in that price range or is there a better card for the equivalent price? And will my CPU bottleneck any of these cards? Because I forgot where I read it but I remember reading something about if your CPU is not as good as your video card, your video card performance will be limited? Is my processor good enough?
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The only other card I would consider around that price would be a GTX 560 (non Ti) which should fall somewhere around a 6870 performance wise.
Your CPU shouldn't be a bottleneck, or at least not noticeably. Worse comes to worse you can always overclock it a little bit.
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