Looking for opinions on upgrading from a GTX 285

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Dorkstar Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2012 2:40 PM

I've had my gtx 285 for quite some time now, since February 2009 to be exact.  While it's held through every game, the lack of direct x 11 and it's difficulty to hold it's own on newer games is starting to annoy me.  

  Now, I've never been one to buy anything that's considered "budget", but as my family grows and my time with my computer becomes less, I've considered doing a budget upgrade.  So does anyone have any suggestions for anything under $200?  I've been debating on buying a 660 for a while, but AMD is starting to tempt me.  Seeing that I've never been a radeon fan, anyone got any input there?

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OSunday replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 12:02 AM

The GTX 660 is definitely your best bet, but it ranges from $200-$250
If you're really trying to stay under $200, the AMD 7850 is usually in the $150-$200 price range and is a good graphics card.

It's above the Gtx 285, and can compete with but is still below the Gtx 660

Here's an article I saw recently that you can use to compare and contrast in more depth if you'd like
http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/page12.html 

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Hi, I think you should take a look at AMD Radeon 6850 1 GB video card and new Radeon 7850 came in as 1 GB and 2 GB video card They are low cost below $200.00. It sound like good deal for you. I do love my Radeon video card because it is powerful and did performance best in game and 3-D. You can try it out if you like it. You will notice the performance on the games bit different from Geforce.

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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 7:54 AM

Yeah, I've been leaning hard on that Gtx 660.  I just keep seeing them between $200-$300, and if i'm going to pay anything more than $250, i might as well save up $350.  That's why i was looking into some other opinions/options under the $200 range.

I'm still just nervous about switching to AMD, no reason really, just never have tried them.

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OSunday replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 12:04 PM

I wouldn't buy a 6850 over a 7850 unless it was at a huge bargain or steal of a price, there's no point in spending money to upgrade to a previous iteration of technology when the newer one is out at the same price.

I've never owned Nvidia cards so I can't really share a direct experience or opinion on them but I have an AMD card in my desktop and the one I built for my younger brother and have never had any problems or issues with either of them. The only downside I can possibly think of is losing PhysX capabilities for games since only Nvidia cards support that feature but that really won't detract from your overall experience and is only on certain games anyways.

I agree with you on the price idea though, that it's better to go for a mid range upgrade or save for a big one but if you decide to aim for that $200 price range, you can't go wrong with the 7850 

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eunoia replied on Tue, Dec 4 2012 4:11 PM

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...pending.

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eunoia:

DX11 aside, a 6850 is barely an improvement on a GTX 285. Seeing as your GTX 285 could still sell for $100, I wouldn't upgrade any less than a 7870. Maybe wait for a Boxing Day sale, but you'll be disappointed by anything less.

You are a common sense genius.  I hadn't even considered selling my GTX 285.  If I didn't have to put new tires on the car.... damn it.

 

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OSunday replied on Wed, Dec 5 2012 2:34 AM

I'd consider looking into used tires because tires really are ridiculously damn expensive, and a necessity.
It requires some foresight and knowledge about tires and tread and gauging the quality and longevity of a used purchase.

Although it won't last you as long as a brand spanking new tire, 4 tires that last a 1/4 of the miles at an 1/8 of the price still saves you 50% of the money you would've spent and gets your vehicle travelling the same amount of miles.

Another thing to consider is looking for  deals online on craigslist.
I picked up a 5770 in great condition for $35, when I would've otherwise had to have spent two to three times as much on a new card of the same performance. 

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It is other good idea to llok for slightly used great than Feforc 285 (such as 300 to 400 series from Geforce or 5000 HD Radeon from AMD for best deal. You can check on Craiglist.org and look for town where you live and click on "computer" then tpye in vide card then you will find many good deal on used video card. Theu must be in goosd shand and has run very well. If not. go ahead to try find under $200 video card like Radeon or Geforce. Good luck with your decidision on this.

 

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FYI, Sorry about my mistyped on the post.

 

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