I've just built a new rig with an AMD 6000+ @3Ghz, 4GB ram and WINXP PRO.
I want to get a gfx card to replace my 8200 integrated graphics but I'm really unsure wether to go for the 4850 or 4870.
I can afford either but I'm just trying to figure out which one makes more sense to go for.
I want the card to let me play all games at a decent framerate for a couple of years. I'm not a high res junkie so I don't have to have all games at the highest settings but I don't want them to look good.
I'm unsure on the merits of 1GB versions and overclocked versions of the cards.
Is 1GB going to make much difference at present?
Are overclocked versions worth it or am I just reducing the life of the card and increasing my electric consumption for not much gain?
as far as oc'ing the cards you can probably do that yourself, there are guides all over the place so spending money on that won't be worth it.
Since prices have been dropping 1gb vs 512 are only 15bucks differencce in some cases and it never hurts to have extra-especially at that price. As far as 4870 vs 4850 with the use of stream from ati which is actually part of the ati catalyst as of last dec. This program allows your cpu to offload large tasks to the gpu, meaning even if you're not after high frame rates your gpu will help speed many other things you use your computer for as well. As long as the software takes advantage of this technology.
Hello again Got the PSU sorted mate?
Because you`re in the UK, I`d say just get the best deal you can the EVGA `step up` programme does n`t apply here but I think their lifetime warranty does, as does that of BFG and XFX and since you want to keep it for a while, I`d look to them for first choice, even if they might be a few quid more than, say a Sapphire.
Yup, even though only a few games will use 1gb now, newer games will certainly benefit as developers give GPUs bigger and better environments and objects to render. Of course to see that benefit I hope you think about using 64-bit vista or win 7 down the line.
Your best bet is an Asus HD 4850. I have one, and I'm playing crysis on high at a resolution of 1440x900 with an avg of 50FPS. The HD 4870 is a very fast card, but the 4850 can still play games at great resolutions and not bat an eyelid.
Plus you can save yourself £20.