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#1
I want to upgrade my VGA but i don't know if it's worth to upgrade from my Toxic 5850 1GB to a GTX570 Frozr III, apparently the GTX is + - 25% faster than my 5850. Maybe you know something i don't.

Prices: I payed U$D550 for the 5850 (yeah i know:shadedshu,) and the GTX would cost me U$D600:(, i have the money, but i need a good reason to spend it in the GTX.


Problems: mobo is only PCI-E 1.1, i can swap to a P5E (X38), but only if the PCI-E bottleneck is to much, cause overclocking on that board is a nightmare.

I'm not upgrading anything else, i'll wait till Ivy bridge or maybe Haswell.

Thanks!
 
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The jump I got in performance from a 5850 to a 6870 has been nice, so I would recommend it. And also it is NVidia's 2nd generation Dx11 GPU, so should be a tad more refined for those games now.
 
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You answered your own question, $600 for 25% improvement, is it worth it? I think not, there are hardly any games out there that a 5850 can't play on high settings, I would hold off and see what the ATI 7*** midrange brings or kepler.

The jump I got in performance from a 5850 to a 6870 has been nice, so I would recommend it. And also it is NVidia's 2nd generation Dx11 GPU, so should be a tad more refined for those games now.
There is barely any difference between a 5850 and a 6870, that's less of an upgrade than the OP is suggesting and unless you managed to get it for $0 I would say it was a waste of money.
 
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Don't do it, if anything I would wait a little longer for the release of the HD 7000 series, then prices may go down and you may also find a better Price/Performance deal with a HD 7000 card.
 
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IMO, buy a new mobo, CPU and RAM. I'm unsure of prices on your side of the pond, but you should be able to get an SB setup for $600?
Just read that you might wait for Ivy Bridge; that would be my choice. Is your CPU already the bottleneck? If so, upgrading GPU won't net you anything near 25% performance increase.
 
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Thanks all for your advice, i think i'll keep my VGA and buy a new PC when Haswell is out. Your are right NdMk2o1o, the 5850 is still capable of playing almost everything on high:rockout:
 
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The jump I got in performance from a 5850 to a 6870 has been nice, so I would recommend it. And also it is NVidia's 2nd generation Dx11 GPU, so should be a tad more refined for those games now.
Placebo effect. The 5850 and 6870 are like 7-9% apart.
 

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Typically better of waiting at least 2 years for a new video card and about 3-4 years for a new system maybe longer.
 
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It's a bad period to invest important amounts of money in a GPU. In a month or so the 7000 series will be available and later Kepler. Also Ivy Bridge will be out in April.
 
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It's a bad period to invest important amounts of money in a GPU.
unless your like me and had 2 x 4850 512MB >_< My comp was screaming for a new GPU and a 6870 was well worth it in my case :D
 

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why not buy GTX 560 Ti 448?
faster than GTX 560 Ti and perfromance very close the GTX 570~
 
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unless your like me and had 2 x 4850 512MB >_< My comp was screaming for a new GPU and a 6870 was well worth it in my case :D
I do agree in this case as the 6870 was nowhere near the price of a 570 and you were coming from DX10 cards whereas the OP already has a decent card and he should wait just a little longer.