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Old 12-22-2008, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to upgrade my Radeon 3850 256mb card. I've got a q6600 and I'm looking for something that will pair up nicely with it. I'm not looking to break the bank over it. I'm actually looking for a budget card around 100$. Right now I plan on really only using it for world of warcraft. But probably some newer games later on. I know WoW is such a weird game when its come to graphics and I'd like to get one that suits it. So what do you guys think?
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A 4650 or 9800GT should do nicely for you.
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Well a 3850, the one you have, should be able to easily play WoW at max settings with about 150 fps lol. I suggest you waiting until you actually get a game that is demanding, by then newer graphics cards will be out, or at least the current ones will even be cheaper.
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A sapphire 4850 is awesome, and only like $130.
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A sapphire 4850 is awesome, and only like $130.
The 4830 is $130. And yeah, a 3850 should max out WoW and play any latest generation game anyway. A card at around 100 bucks won't be a big enough improvement over a 3850 to justify the cost.
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4830 is about 20% faster then the 3870. So it should be like 30%~faster then the 3850.
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Hmmm well that's strange because I can't max out my settings without my FPS dropping fairly low and I get a lot of hiccuping. :/
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Hmmm well that's strange because I can't max out my settings without my FPS dropping fairly low and I get a lot of hiccuping. :/
You're doing something wrong then. Make sure all of your drivers are updated. 3850 is more than enough for WoW.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nah my drivers are all up to date. I've been trying to figure this out for a long time now cause I figured the 3850 would be good enough as well. One thing I would notice while running rivatuner my gpu usage drops usually around 60% or so when my fps gets bad. It happens a lot around lots of people. I've done almost everything imaginable to try and fix it but to no avail. The only thing I was thinking is I have the older version of the 3850 with only 256mb but I guess that's not the problem. I'm running at 1400x900 resolution so I doubt its that.
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