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Thinking of getting a new (second hand) 6870, is it equal to the one I have?

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  1. SaiZo

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    Hi!

    Well, since I have the flu, I was just browsing the net, and found a guy who is selling his "Radeon 6870 DirectCU" card.

    I currently own an nVidia GTS 250 card, nothing directly wrong with it, has never failed or so.. But I need a card almost equal to this, that also supports DX11.

    Please note, I'm not a "fan boy" of any company, just wanted to know if it's worth the money (around USD$ 154, or 117€uro).

    I think my PSU should be able to handle the card.


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    The 6870 will slaughter the GTS250 in any way possible. :D It's a huge improvement! Your PSU... it depends, what PSU is it? A 450/500W PSU would be more than enough, but that also depends on the quality.

    EDIT: I'm also selling a GTX470 if interested ;)
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    Thanks! Well the PSU is rated somewhat 500/550w. Has never failed me either, I always clean my system, including the PSU from time to time.

    Guess I'll buy it then if he still has it..



    EDIT: And how about the HD5830? Is that card any good? Found one for around 600:-SEK (USD$ 93 or 70€uro).
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    i would say that 120 $ US is a fair price for a 6870

    For $180 you can get a 7850 much better investment IMO
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    Thanks, problem is that the second hand card, I can negotiate the price and perhaps get it a bit cheaper. For me money is a bit of an issue right now.
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    That's understandable, I was just pointing out that that was a bit much to ask for a second hand 6870 as it two years old and the 7850 is about 20$US more then what that person was asking for the 6870
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    Yeah, I know. I just wrote him an e-mail (he had no phone number), and pointed out that it was too expensive. A card similar to his, from the local hardware store would be the HD6870 1GB OC, and the prices are not too far from a brand new, and his second hand one.

    And thanks for pointing that out to me, the age of the card, since he wrote it was 1½ years old. :toast:

    However...
    Is it smarter, for me, not to be too hasty and buy it because it is good? If I save some cash I could actually afford the 7850, and not only that, I was counting - I could perhaps even manage to afford the 2Gb model of the 7850..
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    From one of the reviews I saw of a 1GB 7850 vs a 2GB, that extra GB doesn't offer much improvement until you're over 1080p. What games do you play? If none of them are brand spanking new, the 6870 should do just fine.
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    The 5830 is utter crap, avoid it.
    If you decide to save more, don't go for 7850 2GB go strait for a 7870.
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    Well, I bought a 2GB HD 7850 for $150 from Newegg during Black Friday a few months back, and I also just bought an HD 6870 (for a friend) for $100 from a seller on Ebay a week ago.

    The 2GB really helps me since I regularly use ~200-500 MB of the memory when not even playing games (1440p monitor). Almost every game I play goes over 1 GB, even though I never play fullscreen, but rather, I play in 1080p windowed with a couple other applications running.
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