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Old 12-29-2012, 11:03 PM
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Default I need a new video card $150-$200

I'm looking for a new video card. My budget is $150-$200. Right now I am looking at a Radeon HD 7850 2GB for $199.99, $184.99 after rebate. It comes with farcry 3 which is a plus cause I want to play that game anyway. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102998

Any reason I shouldn't go with that card? Any other recommendations?

Right now I am running a 9800gt 512 mb that I have had to do the oven trick on about 6 times in the past 6 months. It runs really hot and I know its only a matter of time before it dies completely.

ETA - The most demanding game I play is battlefield 3. I would like a card that is capable of playing it at 1920x1200 on high settings.

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:11 PM
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Here are a few benchmark comparisons for GPUs. You can find the 7850 in the list or select a different game to view the stats.

BF3 - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/398

Looks like the 7850 is pretty good for your price range.

Might i suggest getting a XFX brand Radeon if you can find one in your price range as they have a pretty good "lifetime" warranty on their cards. If it burns out, send it back.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:19 PM
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Here are a few benchmark comparisons for GPUs. You can find the 7850 in the list or select a different game to view the stats.

BF3 - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/398

Looks like the 7850 is pretty good for your price range.

Might i suggest getting a XFX brand Radeon if you can find one in your price range as they have a pretty good "lifetime" warranty on their cards. If it burns out, send it back.
Thanks. Looks like I can get one close to the same price. No free game, but I like the lifetime warranty, my 9800 started messing up almost as soon as my warranty expired.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:23 PM
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I just re-read their warranty and it looks to have changed. 2 years only. VisionTek is 3 years.

Its too bad EVGA market Radeon cards, because they still have the best warranty in the business. They do come with a higher price tag on their green machine nvidia cards though.

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:46 PM
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Radeon 7850 is definitely the best bang for your buck in that price range. Plus they can easily be overclocked to match the performance of the 7870.
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Old 12-30-2012, 7:36 AM
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Now I am leaning towards the XFX Black DD Radeon HD 7850 2GB. $189.99 after rebate and it comes with a lifetime warranty, no game though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150660

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I just re-read their warranty and it looks to have changed. 2 years only. VisionTek is 3 years.

Its too bad EVGA market Radeon cards, because they still have the best warranty in the business. They do come with a higher price tag on their green machine nvidia cards though.
According to their website some cards are still eligible for a lifetime warranty.

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The following Graphics Cards are eligible for an extension of the standard two-year limited hardware warranty:

1. XFX Radeon HD 7000 Series Dual Fan (Double Dissipation Edition) Graphics Cards with Ghost Technology; a floating cover design that maximizes airflow by creating exceptional venting throughout the card.

2. XFX Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics Cards with 10-digit model numbers ending in R (example: FX-797A-TDFR)

3. XFX Radeon HD 6000, HD 5000, and HD 4000 Series Graphics Cards

4. XFX GeForce GT 520, GT 430, 200, 9000, 8000, 7000, 6000 Series Graphics Cards purchased after April 17, 2007.

If you register any of the specified products noted above online at http://www.xfxforce.com/ within 30 days of purchase, your limited warranty will be EXTENDED for the duration of your life. Registration within 30 days of the date of purchase is a condition precedent to receiving the lifetime warranty.***

*** Products that are not listed above are NOT eligible for a limited lifetime hardware warranty.
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Radeon 7850 is definitely the best bang for your buck in that price range. Plus they can easily be overclocked to match the performance of the 7870.
Good to know. I don't plan on overclocking right now, the rest of my pc isn't very good and I will probably have other bottlenecks but I will probably be using this card a long time and might want to overclock in the future.
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HD 7850 for the $150 - 200 range.

Save up $40 and you can get the HD 7870.
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