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#1mysticvegeta17Posted 8/25/2013 5:32:49 PM
Ok so I'm thinking about upgrading my graphics card. Currently I have a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 card. I have been playing things like Sleeping Dogs, DCUO, Borderlands 2, Ragnarock Online, and things and sorts. Most of them were all on high with no problems.

So then I see FF14 online, and I run a benchmark for it. I get a score of 4850, but I've seen higher scores out there. Now I was hanging out on newegg and I found this little guy:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

It's pretty cheap but I dunno about it. Could $60 more bucks get me more bang with something else?

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#2VIP86Posted 8/25/2013 5:36:05 PM
I'm pretty sure that's a downgrade.
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#3PhilOnDezPosted 8/25/2013 5:38:59 PM
I wouldn't bother with a 7770 with what you already have. If you can add $75 instead of 60 you can get a 7950 if that slickdeals discount is still available. That would be a much larger upgrade.
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#4MasterDonGeroPosted 8/25/2013 5:48:47 PM
I prefer it to be long, painful, and disappointing, actually.
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#5mysticvegeta17(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 6:15:58 PM
I'm pretty sure that's a downgrade.

Could you explain a little more, I thought the higher they went the better right? Or am I doing it wrong?

I wouldn't bother with a 7770 with what you already have.

My cards better?

I appreciate the answers I'm just confused about the cards now...
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#6NicodimusPosted 8/25/2013 6:21:54 PM
mysticvegeta17 posted...
I'm pretty sure that's a downgrade.

Could you explain a little more, I thought the higher they went the better right? Or am I doing it wrong?

I wouldn't bother with a 7770 with what you already have.

My cards better?


http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7770-vs-Radeon-HD-6870

By a bit, yes.

Higher numbered cards mean that they are newer, but not always better. There are lots of cases where an older $500 card will have a lower model number than a newer $250 card, but will still perform a lot better than the cheap new card.
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#7mysticvegeta17(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 6:46:56 PM
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7770-vs-Radeon-HD-6870

By a bit, yes.

Higher numbered cards mean that they are newer, but not always better. There are lots of cases where an older $500 card will have a lower model number than a newer $250 card, but will still perform a lot better than the cheap new card.


Oh thanks, that was really helpful. Going to check that link out for other options. Thanks all.
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#8NicodimusPosted 8/25/2013 6:53:38 PM
Based on Ebay and Amazon, you could probably sell your used 6870 for $105-$140 depending on which model it is. What's your budget on this upgrade? Do you prefer Radeon, Nvidia, or neither in particular? Maybe we can give you some options.
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#9aak57Posted 8/25/2013 6:54:29 PM
The first digit simply tells you the card's generation. The second specifies its general tier, then the third specifies its position in that tier. The 7770 is the replacement for the 6770. The X7XX series is lower-end gaming, so a 7770 is not stronger than a 6970 which is the previous generation, but in the high-end tier.
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#10mysticvegeta17(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 7:08:42 PM
What's your budget on this upgrade? Do you prefer Radeon, Nvidia, or neither in particular? Maybe we can give you some options.

Well I don't really have a budget. It's more like I don't want to buy an upgrade if I don't really need one, and if I do I don't want it to be like a minor change, like I can see more grass or something small like that. I want to be able to run the game without any problems. The benchmark gave me a high score and I am capable of running it, but at the same time I would like to upgrade just in case ya know. I don't have a preference although that website you linked me kinda shows that Nvidia seems to produce better cards from the VS.

The first digit simply tells you the card's generation. The second specifies its general tier, then the third specifies its position in that tier. The 7770 is the replacement for the 6770. The X7XX series is lower-end gaming, so a 7770 is not stronger than a 6970 which is the previous generation, but in the high-end tier.

Ohh okay. This makes sense. I never knew that. Thanks.
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