Advise: 6850 or 6870

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Advise: 6850 or 6870

Post by zizo » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:49 pm

Due to the release of the 78xx series, prices have dropped, so I wanna buy myself a new "budget" card.
Now, I am having hard time to choose which card I should go for, the HD6850 or the HD6870.
Well, the only thing bothering me is actually my current pc specs:
Intel E8400 (dual core)
GP-43 DS3L (Gigabyte p43 chipset - actually doesnt have pcie 2, but 1.6 if I remember correctly)
4GB 800mhz DDR2 (could be oc'ed as they have cooling, but not oc'ed atm)
Enermax pro 525w (so it could handle the new card)

Now I was told that the system would not be able to "use" all of the power in a 6870, so it would be useless to put it, and that I should go for the 6850.
However, is the difference that big? my pc is not THAT old and slow, I want to know what you guyz think.
btw, another thning is the price: the 6870 costs 214$ and the 6850 is 160$ - thats a diff.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Advise: 6850 or 6870

Post by smack323 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:15 pm

6850 is a good budget card, I would keep the extra cash in my pocket.
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