Solved

Upgrading AMD Radeon HD 5850 to high end Nvidia card

What is your guys' opinions on the Nvidia GTX 780 compared to the 780 Ti? I can afford either but obviously I'd rather save the few hundred bucks if there is a negligible gain in performance. This leads into my next question. I bought this computer from TigerDirect almost 5 years ago and all that's been added is an SSD; everything else is stock from back then.

Specs: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/oagiY5cetZw0Fa37FtflE84

I'm new to upgrading hardware and I wanted to make sure that a new video card is compatible with that motherboard.

My main focus is gaming, with the games I play being BF4, various MMOs, ArmA III, etc. Will a straight up video card upgrade allow for max settings on ultra with 60+ FPS or am I to the point now where I should also be looking towards getting a better CPU (and presumably motherboard)? If so, what do you guys recommend? I use a 1080 monitor right now but I may have plans of setting up three monitors in the not-so-near future. I'd rather not SLI anything, either.

Like I said, I'm a novice with this stuff so if you need more info, let me know.

Thanks,

-Mike
9 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about upgrading amd radeon 5850 high end nvidia card
  1. Best answer
    if you are dead set on nvidia, then a 780 and a new psu will be best for you. if you want 3 monitors, the R9 290/X/ would be best for the extra vram. or, if you can wait until november, the new 880 and 870 come out, in which case, an 880 would be best.
  2. I wouldn't say I'm dead set on Nvidia, I've just never had an Nvidia card and I'd like to see if the grass is greener. I've been told the R90 is a better card than the 780, and it's $100 cheaper on Amazon apparently. That extra ram is a nice addition too. What would you recommend for a new PSU? Any thoughts on upgrading the mobo/CPU? I'd rather just do the GPU for now but I'm open to anything you guys recommend. I'm the novice here :)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $429.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 23:51 EDT-0400

    that would be the best thing for you, because yes, the R9 290 is faster than the 780 when overclocked, or the same performance at stock speed, it has 4gb vram which is useful for multimonitor gaming, and it is $100 cheaper. the downside is that it will run slightly hotter and slightly louder. a new cpu isnt quite needed yet, but when you do, broadwell comes out this fall :D
  4. A good stock OC 780/ti would be worth the extra cost if performance is your number one concern over the best possible value. If you're going 290 you may also want a good custom cooled high stock OC card.

    It's just nice when you see new benchmarks on-line and they usually use stock cards so you know yours is going to be a little faster which could make or break a high action/intense part of a game.
  5. M1ke10191 said:
    I wouldn't say I'm dead set on Nvidia, I've just never had an Nvidia card and I'd like to see if the grass is greener. I've been told the R90 is a better card than the 780, and it's $100 cheaper on Amazon apparently. That extra ram is a nice addition too. What would you recommend for a new PSU? Any thoughts on upgrading the mobo/CPU? I'd rather just do the GPU for now but I'm open to anything you guys recommend. I'm the novice here :)

    R9 290 is power thirsty if you think of OC it can be OC'd really well too, oh and since u play BF4 n all, AMD the mantle thing going on, so that should boost your FPS on BF4 real easy, not sure about other games, but I own a R9 290 and have had no issues playing on my new 1440p, the 4 vram comes handy when using more than one monitor too! and yep, like you said save extra bucks while losing nothing :p

    edit: forgot to mention that you'll need to get a third-party r9 290/x, better cooling and less noise ^^
  6. Seeing as my motherboard won't allow for OCing since it's Gateway's, will my current processor bottleneck these cards at all? Specifically the higher end ones compared to, say, a 760/770/whatever AMD has at that range. I'd rather buy a top of the line card but I also want to get everything out of it. Also, would my board prevent me from OCing the GPU as well?
  7. no, it shouldnt bottleneck things, atleast not the 290/X/ or 780/Ti/
  8. I vote for the EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CUIVSNS. It's an excellent card for what you want and will easily play BF4 on ultra settings.

    EVGA is also the best manufacturer of nVidia cards.
  9. OP: 780ti with OC can produce ~ 7-30 more FPS than an OC'd 780. It does cost a lot more though. I had a 780 and they are amazing but ti has that extra power that will be used.

    290/x/780 only if budget is tight why not get the fastest single GPU since you don't want SLI (like myself)780ti for the lowest price (as low as $630 with good timing) is the best experience for the money.
Ask a new question

Read More

Radeon Nvidia Graphics