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    Question GTX 460 VS Radeon 6850

    Alright I finally have all of my parts for my new build, the only part I'm missing is the GPU. My budget is $160!

    Which of this cards I should go with, please keep in mind that I only Play Rift, and SWTOR I will give a try!

    I want to be able to play Rift at Ultra settings!

    Zotac GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500202 ($150) ($120 after Rebate)
    MSI GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518 ($160) ($140 after Rebate)
    Gigabyte 6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125353 (165) ($145 after Rebate)

    Thanks!
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    I'd recommend adding an extra $4 to your budget and getting:

    XFX HD6870 ($170 with a $20 MIR for a grand total of $150)

    or

    Powercolor HD6870 ($20 instantly off with the product code, plus a $20 MIR, so around $140 after all is said and done)

    I know you don't really play any games that require more power than the 6850/460, but it's always nicer to have power and not need it, than need it and not have it (just in case you a sweet more graphically intensive games comes out).

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    I haven't played Rift, but I do doubt either will achieve it. Don't take my word for it though.

    The GTX460 and the HD6850 are roughly comparable. Between the two, and especially considering the price, GTX460.
    The real choice should be between the GTX460 and the HD6870.

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    Thanks for the input!

    But maybe I should post this on Rift Section! I really would like to hear from people that are playing the game currently!
    Case: Thermaltake A60
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    CPU: i5 2500k, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsage View Post
    That's an unfair comparison. The 1GiB model is far and away the more common model and is also faster and have a fair bit of more overclocking headroom.

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    I have the Powercolor 6870 and I run Rift at Max settings (without shadows, hate those damn things) at around 90-100 fps, in shimmersand, i got up to 196 fps. just a little insight from someone who has the 6870.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emberhelm View Post
    I have the Powercolor 6870 and I run Rift at Max settings (without shadows, hate those damn things) at around 90-100 fps, in shimmersand, i got up to 196 fps. just a little insight from someone who has the 6870.
    Thanks a bunch that helps a lot!
    Case: Thermaltake A60
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    Of those cards I'd definitely recommend the 460 hawk.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One... now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel25 View Post
    Thanks a bunch that helps a lot!
    I would also recommend the HD6870. Used it in a build for a client who also plays Rift and he's loving his system.

    I wouldn't recommend PowerColor as a brand though. I personally prefer Sapphire, XFX, Asus, or MSI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taekvideo View Post
    Of those cards I'd definitely recommend the 460 hawk.
    Thanks! I'll keep your recommendation in mind!

    ---------- Post added 2011-11-09 at 08:08 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Culadin View Post
    I would also recommend the HD6870. Used it in a build for a client who also plays Rift and he's loving his system.

    I wouldn't recommend PowerColor as a brand though. I personally prefer Sapphire, XFX, Asus, or MSI.
    Thanks! I wasn't too sure about the Powercolor brand, I'll check the other brands.

    Also I got the Corsair GS600, can it powered the 6870 or the GTX 460 Hawk?

    Thanks!
    Case: Thermaltake A60
    MB: ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetrisGOAT View Post
    I haven't played Rift, but I do doubt either will achieve it. Don't take my word for it though.

    The GTX460 and the HD6850 are roughly comparable. Between the two, and especially considering the price, GTX460.
    The real choice should be between the GTX460 and the HD6870.

    I played RIFT on a 450 GTS 1gb, i'm sure all the above listed cards are capable. RIFTS crappy Engine is more heavy Cpu dependent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auralian View Post
    I played RIFT on a 450 GTS 1gb, i'm sure all the above listed cards are capable. RIFTS crappy Engine is more heavy Cpu dependent.
    Well I order today the i5 2500k, and I hear that is more than enough! and hopefully it is! ^_^
    Case: Thermaltake A60
    MB: ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
    CPU: i5 2500k, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
    GPU: HIS 6870 1gb
    PSU: Corsair GS 600
    SSD: Crucial M4 128g

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    Yes it is and the 6850/460 is enough for Rift and you can even consider going crossfire or SLI in the future because they are amazing when you have two together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisfarreach View Post
    I'd recommend adding an extra $4 to your budget and getting:

    XFX HD6870 ($170 with a $20 MIR for a grand total of $150)

    or

    Powercolor HD6870 ($20 instantly off with the product code, plus a $20 MIR, so around $140 after all is said and done)

    I know you don't really play any games that require more power than the 6850/460, but it's always nicer to have power and not need it, than need it and not have it (just in case you a sweet more graphically intensive games comes out).
    Would my Motherboard support PCIE 2.1 XFX 6870 the one you link, I'm getting the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3! (receive it tomorrow!)
    Case: Thermaltake A60
    MB: ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
    CPU: i5 2500k, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
    GPU: HIS 6870 1gb
    PSU: Corsair GS 600
    SSD: Crucial M4 128g

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel25 View Post
    Would my Motherboard support PCIE 2.1 XFX 6870 the one you link, I'm getting the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3! (receive it tomorrow!)
    Pci-e is completely backwards compatible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Angel25 View Post
    Well I order today the i5 2500k, and I hear that is more than enough! and hopefully it is! ^_^
    Yea the 2500k is enough for anything xD
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    Quote Originally Posted by taekvideo View Post
    Pci-e is completely backwards compatible.



    Yea the 2500k is enough for anything xD
    Thanks a bunch!
    Case: Thermaltake A60
    MB: ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
    CPU: i5 2500k, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
    GPU: HIS 6870 1gb
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    SSD: Crucial M4 128g

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel25 View Post
    Would my Motherboard support PCIE 2.1 XFX 6870 the one you link, I'm getting the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3! (receive it tomorrow!)
    Nice board choice (see my sig)! You'll love it.

    As far as PCIe, Taek beat me to it, but yes, it's fully backwards compatible. That motherboard even supports PCIe 3.0 if you ever decide to upgrade to Ivy bridge after it's released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisfarreach View Post
    Nice board choice (see my sig)! You'll love it.

    As far as PCIe, Taek beat me to it, but yes, it's fully backwards compatible. That motherboard even supports PCIe 3.0 if you ever decide to upgrade to Ivy bridge after it's released.
    Cool! ^_^ I can't wait to for mine to arrive already!
    Case: Thermaltake A60
    MB: ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3
    CPU: i5 2500k, Windows 8.1 64 Bit
    GPU: HIS 6870 1gb
    PSU: Corsair GS 600
    SSD: Crucial M4 128g

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    Moved to "Computer Build Help".

    I would too advise on getting the 6870. Out of the two you linked, it boils down to preference.

    460 vs. 6850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313

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