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toyota

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that is barely any faster than your 5850. and with your dual core cpu you would likely not even see the difference in many games anyway. you are going to need to a better cpu if you want to get a faster card than what you already have and actually notice it in all your games.
 
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trollolo

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OP you might want to give buying another 5850 and running them in crossfire a thought.
 

CDC Mail Guy

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OP you might want to give buying another 5850 and running them in crossfire a thought.
I had thought about that, yes, but another 5850 is as much as a 6870. I was also thinking about selling my 5850 on ebay, and getting the 6870...however, if I plan on upgrading whole system in the near future anyways...I'll just wait. No point in spending ANY money at this point.
 

toyota

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OP you might want to give buying another 5850 and running them in crossfire a thought.
why would he do that? another 5850 would do very little and in some cases nothing for him in many newer games. in really cpu intensive games, he is already hold back even his single 5850.
 

CDC Mail Guy

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I'm going to wait and upgrade everything all at once...eventually that is. I just don't understand why all of a sudden, my fps has dropped into the low TEENS when I play...that 5850 has done great up until recently.
 
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why would he do that? another 5850 would do very little and in some cases nothing for him in many newer games. in quad core optimized games, he is already hold back even his single 5850.
Fixed that for ya.

And to add....
Just about every game on the horizon will be optimized for qaud cores.
Upgrade the cpu (or platform) first and then the video card.
 
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CDC Mail Guy

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Just looked at my Task Manager and found out why I am getting such poor performance. Running at 50% with nothing but STEAM running. Will have to find out what else is running that is not showing in TM.

DUH to me....but STILL need to upgrade platform first and then card later
 

trollolo

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why would he do that? another 5850 would do very little and in some cases nothing for him in many OCTO-CORE OPTIMIZED games. in really cpu intensive games, he is already hold back even his single 5850.
fixed even further
 

CDC Mail Guy

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Found my CPU problem was ToolbarUpdater running at 50+ % I ended process and all is well, but I don't see it in program files, and if virus, AVG not find it nor did Spybot S&D.

Yeah...card running 91FPS now on Black Ops...all is well.
 

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Found my CPU problem was ToolbarUpdater running at 50+ % I ended process and all is well, but I don't see it in program files, and if virus, AVG not find it nor did Spybot S&D.

Yeah...card running 91FPS now on Black Ops...all is well.
Black ops is actually quite light on the GPU. If you need more performance try overclocking the CPU first. Your next upgrade should be to a i5 2500k platform.

Toyota is right. Also, HD6870 is not even 15% faster than an HD5850. The 5850 also has great overclocking headroom. You can add 100mhz in about 30 seconds in MSI Afterburner. That would take you past HD6870 already. See you just saved yourself $200!
A 6870 is actually a pretty good upgrade from a 5850 if you running mainly DX11 games with tessellation. A good 21% increase.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=heaven2

In non tessellated games the difference is closer to 5%. But future games will mostly be DX11 utiltizing tessellation so it won't matter.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=pfd
 

CDC Mail Guy

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Black ops is actually quite light on the GPU. If you need more performance try overclocking the CPU first. Your next upgrade should be to a i5 2500k platform.



A 6870 is actually a pretty good upgrade from a 5850 if you running mainly DX11 games with tessellation. A good 21% increase.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=heaven2

In non tessellated games the difference is closer to 5%. But future games will mostly be DX11 utiltizing tessellation so it won't matter.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=pfd
I AM OC'd to 3.8...not sure if I should/can push it much more than that.

My next upgrade (again...eventually) will be to 2500K setup and shortly after that, a new VC.

Right NOW though, once I figure out how to get rid of the pesky ToolbarUpdater for good, all is well once I stop the process in Taskmanager.
 

toyota

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Black ops is actually quite light on the GPU. If you need more performance try overclocking the CPU first. Your next upgrade should be to a i5 2500k platform.



A 6870 is actually a pretty good upgrade from a 5850 if you running mainly DX11 games with tessellation. A good 21% increase.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=heaven2

In non tessellated games the difference is closer to 5%. But future games will mostly be DX11 utiltizing tessellation so it won't matter.

http://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/tests/grafikkarten/nvidia_geforce_gtx_560_ti/benchmarks.php?benchmark=pfd
and those future games with tessellation will require more gpu power anyway. going to a 6870 from a 5850 is just silly unless it costs next to nothing to do so. and as already mentioned he would not even see what little difference there is in most cases with his dual core cpu.
 

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