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 Post subject: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Hi folks,

I may be needing to upgrade my 5870. At start-up the other day the fan was making a very bad vibrating noise. It stopped after about 5 minutes, but we know how this goes...

What is a good, cheap, upgrade for performance?


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:11 pm 
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If you want to just replace the part, a Radeon HD 7850 will set you back $220. Real upgrades start after that.


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:35 am 
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I recently picked up an XFX 7870 for under $230 off of Newegg.

It's not the fastest but it's fast enough to play Far Cry 3 @ 1920x1200 with everything on max.


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:36 pm 
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Nice, thanks guys. Any point in switching to Nvidia?


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:06 pm 
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Not really unless you like the board makers.


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:52 am 
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7870 or 7970? I can't keep up with all the production. Hell, I don't even know what's on top any more.


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:16 am 
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7970 will perform better than the 7870, and both will perform better than the 5870...


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:04 pm 
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Yeah, my fan on the 5870 isn't working. I guess 3 years is good for a VC.


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:39 am 
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The fan on my 5850 started rattling and buzzing, it went away for awhile, but eventually rattled constantly. It was XFX, so I RMA'ed and they replaced the fan. Took about 2 weeks. Does your 5870 have lifetime warranty, or are you just looking for a reason to upgrade? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 11:18 am 
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Yeah, I'd rather upgrade. More memory, shaders, etc... Should help!


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 6:01 pm 
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So bummed. I wanted to get a VC TODAY. Fry's didn't have even half of its shelves stocked. Guess I wait for newegg =(


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 Post subject: Re: Radeon HD 5870 upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 1:48 am 
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I ended up getting the Gigabyte HD 7970 GHz edition. Very nice so far. Ordered on Saturday, arrived Tuesday even with the holiday. Go Amazon!


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