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Radeon 4850 should I be worried?

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May 30, 2009 5:49:05 PM

Hi this is my system as of right now,

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive - reviews said it ran cooler than any other drives they tested.

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - only has one rear 120mm fan, there is a place to install a 2nd fan in the front by the hard drive.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - have not overclocked ever since this is my first build, maybe I will someday, but not now.

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - don't think this matters.

WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - I have 8GB of this installed.

I have windows 7 RC1 installed and am thinking about getting a graphics card. I have found sorta decided that the Radeon 4850 is the best for the money hovering around 85 bucks right now. However I am worried my case is not ventilated enough right now to put something like that in there. I don't want to fry out my system. I am going for a budget solution here. will I be fine in I put another fan in my case, or should I get a special VGA cooler, or should I get an internal fan to be blowing on the Card at all times. whats a good solution, also should I consider the Radeon 4770 because its supposed to run cooler and is pretty close to the 4850 in performance. just looking for the best solutions. I don't even know what temperature is to hot to have things running at. so let me know what you think.

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a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:01:13 PM

Link to a $85 Radeon 4850, which will work fine and will decidely outperform the 4770 with it's measly 128 bit memory interface, 45nm/GDDR5 included.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:08:58 PM

I have found sorta decided that the Radeon 4850 is the best for the money hovering around 85 bucks right now.

A hovering Link to this 4850 please.
May 30, 2009 6:17:46 PM

My HD4770 is very VERY quiet compared to my previous HD2900XT, even though I've overclocked it damn far compared to the default clocks. OC'd they seem similar to me, you can cross the limits even further if you replace the stock cooler by a dexent aftermarket one. It's just amazing how cool this card is @ normal stocks and oc'd.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:18:11 PM

Ok. Prices dropped on the 512 edition since the Memorial day sales at Newegg. Those are new rebate offers which were not available last week when I bought two 1GB editions of the 4850. Plus by now, some of the earlier editions of the 4850 are being cleared out, which is good. BTW, none of those has the cooler which expells the air out the back of the case which addresses the heat issue you are concerned with. The cheapest 4850 on newegg last week was $109 and that was from Sapphire.

Writer's embellishment: Most of those prices are a result of price slashs by Newegg since memorial day sales. Watching prices of the 4850 closely over the holiday and purchased two 4850's last week.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:36:02 PM

I bought and installed two of 1 GB version of the XFX you listed. Thoise are price slashes since last week at Newegg. The 4870 has GDDR5, otherwise it's the same as the 4850. Also clocked higher. Depends on what you will be using the machine for. The 4850/4870 should serve you well. (Gotta check the price on the cards I bought...p;rice adjustment!).
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:43:01 PM

Nvidia came up with some new models of the 200 series and ATI countered with the 4890 and 4770. The 4850/4870 was put on the shelf. Especially the 4850 which is a very good buy at those prices.
May 30, 2009 7:33:00 PM

so all in all the question is... do I need more cooling in my case? thats all I am worried about. or will I be ok with an extra fan in the front
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 7:38:38 PM

Well, if you get the Radeon 4850 with the larger fan enclosure all the heat is expelled out the back. One 120mm exhaust fan should work well and be sufficient. 80mm exhaust is probably to small.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 7:46:56 PM

You'll be fine with cooling with that case. At idle, the hd4850, down clocks to save power. When you game, you can turn the rear tri-cool fan to high to get more airflow. Also, it couldn't hurt to add a second front fan.
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 10:57:35 PM

Get a 4850 that pushes air out the back. The XFX card is very good (and quiet). That should help keep case temps down.
a c 302 U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 11:44:15 PM

Cooling should not be a problem if you pick one of the vga cards with a two slot cooler that sends all the hot vga air out the back.