GTS 250 or 4850?

I'm gonna' help a friend build a PC pretty soon, I've narrowed down all the parts except for the video card. Which card do you guys think I should get my friend? He won't be playing Crysis or any games for that matter above 1680 x 1050 ;)

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4850 512MB


EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB


Rest of the Build:

DVD Burner Combo

WD 500GB



G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz

Current Total including S+H = $525.93
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  1. GTS250 since it is cheaper
  2. GTS 250 uses old core architecture like the old G92 core (but shrinked to 55nm) while Radeon HD 4850 uses newer core architecture like RV770 core and it is a newer generation of GPU from ATI within R700 family.

    Well, what can I say... I think that they both should be fine in performance but what I hate is when a company is not very innovative with certain products and rehashing the old tech again and again and making it look like it is new. GTS 250 is a rehash or refresh of Geforce 8800 series and Geforce 9 series and NVIDIA is making it look like it is new and belong to a newer generation family.

    However, well, Geforce GTS 250 is cheaper and would save you some cash but if you are willing to burn a bit more cash then go with Radeon HD 4850.

    Anyway, just a little info/facts for you but at the end of the day, you are the one who decide. Good Luck! ;)
  3. neither get a 4770 and overclock it.
  4. Thanks for pointing that out, Helloworld_98.

    The Radeon HD 4770's performance is quite close to Radeon HD 4850 and Geforce GTS 250 and it is much cheaper as well so Radeon HD 4770 could be the best deal for you at the moment. Radeon HD 4770 also uses newer core architecture like RV740 core which is a new 40nm GPU core which will save more power and money and reducing the heat and temperature as well. ;)
  5. It would also be great if you can wait until late July 2009 when ATI will release Radeon HD 5800 series with DirectX 11 so you won't miss the DX 11 era of graphics. You could have get something like Radeon HD 5850 with DX 11 and 40nm core GPU. You would not be disappoint at the end.

    (If waiting does not hurt you and it is only a matter of waiting for 3-4 months only)
  6. That MB supports Crossfire (albeit at X8 X8) if you do not intend to install a second card later then go for the EVGA card: Best support in the business, excellent warranty, and you/he can use the 'step up' to something better if needed.
    If you/he does intend to go CF then, abviously an ATI card is the one to go for.
    Also note, unless you install a faster card than the HD4850 do not worry about the X8 speed slowing the card/s down, they are not fast enough to make this a serious issue.
  7. Hi there...
    To those who are with ATI... Can u point out any benchmark where HD4850 beats GTS 250? I bought a gts 250 1gb core edition and it can play crysis pretty damn well.(1024*768, all settings very high, 2X anti-aliasing). That too with my core2duo e4300@1.8 GHz, which is the bottom line of core2duo series. Not to forget about the physx and cuda support. I would suggest u to buy the 1gb version. Also most games today r optimised for nvidia. Remember it is the card right next to the gtx series.

    check this out.

    about HD 4770... It is not a bad card... but its placement is between HD 4830 and HD 4850. If gts 250 outperforms HD 4850 it sure will crush HD 4770. Don't fall for the facts like HD 4850 has 800 stream processors and gts 250 has only 128. Nvidia clock the s.processors at insane speeds compared to ati...

    Also did u know that there r separate vista for nvidia and ati? These are modified but offer astonishing stability and gaming experience... and uses less resources than win xp...
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