AMD 7 series Graphics Card Upgrade

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doggman
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At the moment my Gaming PC has a Nvidia 8800 GTS 512. It runs the games I like to play, well. But I have started to notice a little lag in some more modern games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Crysis 2. After a little reasearch, I decided to get an AMD Radeon hd 6770. It is about 40% better than my current Nvidia 8800 GTS 512. Then the new AMD 7 series cards started to come out. I did a little reasearch on the AMD Radeon hd 7770. What I found out was that it was around 5-15 FPS better than the 6770. So I started to have the 7770 in mind of my next upgrade. After reasearching the prices, I found the AMD Radeon hd 6850 seemed to be cheaper; most of the time better than the AMD Radeon hd 7770. Which would be a better choice? The 6850 which is most of the time better with games and cheaper, or the new 7770 which uses the new 28nm technology and consumes less power whilst sometimes beating the 6850.

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If you want a true upgrade, get a 7850 when they release. Honestly, you should've went with the 6850 instead of the 6770 from the get go, it would be a waste to "upgrade" to a 6850/7770, the performance increase wouldn't warrant the price tag, you could likely achieve the same performance by overclocking your current card a bit (well, a not quite as much, but close I'd say). For now, I'd just wait until the 7850 releases and goes through a price drop and just pick up one of those. If the 6770 is holding your gaming up well enough to wait a few months, then I'd just wait for the 7850, that way it would be actually more of an upgrade rather than basically a side grade.

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Does anyone know when the new AMD Radeon hd 7850 is coming out? I think my next plan will be to wait until the AMD Radeon hd 7850 comes out; then sell my AMD Radeon 6770 to go towards the AMD Radeon hd 7850.

Oh. Just before I forget, would my Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3200MHz, durastically bottleneck the new 7850? If so, I might have to start thinking about buying a new system because I think the one I have right now is soon going to be completely outdated.

My current system:

CPU/Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3200MHz

Graphics Card - AMD Radeon hd 6770 1GB

RAM/Memory - 1GB x 4 DDR2 400MHz = 4GB total

Motherboard - Asus P5KR

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There's been talk about anymore between March and April as the release date of the 7850/7870.

The only titles you'll notice a CPU bottleneck is in older titles (which are typically less graphical intensive compared to newer GPU's so your max FPS will be determined by your CPU...hardly a "bottleneck"), newer titles you shouldn't see much of a bottleneck at all as majority are GPU intensive more so than CPU intensive. A Q6600 @ 3.2 is still a great CPU for gaming, don't let anyone tell you different. At those clocks it beats out the Phenom II BE's and at the least runs neck and neck, which are still great CPU's for gaming. The reason I'd suggest upgrading your CPU is if you're going for Crossfire/SLI with some of the latest video cards (something like 6970/7950/7970 or GTX 570/580 in SLI), also it depends on what resolution you're gaming at. The lower the resolution, the less graphic strain is being put on the GPU and the more strain being put toward your CPU.

It's all a balancing act really, but at the end of the day, if the games more than playable with all the bells and whistles, what does it matter? Your CPU IMO is good for another couple years at the least, my Q6600 isn't even OC'd and I have no problems but I will likely upgrade it in a year or two just for the sake of getting into newer tech.

If you do lean into upgrading, I'd sell off your current parts to offset the amount you'll have to pay to upgrade your components. In my opinion, the performance gains you'd get from upgrading your CPU, Mobo and Ram to current gen stuff wouldn't warrant the full price tag. The Q6600 was and still is a beast of a CPU ;)

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Thanks for the help.

I think my plan will be, is to stick with the Q6600 and see how it goes with the 7850, that is if I end up getting it. If by then it comes out and I successfully sell my other parts for a reasonable price, I might look to building a new system. But we will see what happens. All it is, is a matter of time. :)

Thanks Again. :)

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note that the projected and predicted price of the 7850 is about 250 bucks which seems to be quite heavy for your budget. but yes, i agree. the 7770 has the newest tech and all, but the 6850, which is cheaper, performs better. the 6850 is known to have THE best price to performance ratio of any card. but the 7770 prices will drop very soon

Andy Han

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I'm in the same boats my friends. I have a Radeon 5770. I said I will buy the next gen video card. It came out only a little better. Then the 7 series came out & the same but the 7850 looks good to me (even though it is not out yet). One question I have for all of you. I run my video games with the highest graphic settings without anti analyzing with no problem, except for Crysis 2.

I see no pushing envelope game in the future nor does my friend at work in the same boat. Is there any games coming out in the coming future that I would want to upgrade to this 7850 card?

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