Worth upgrading to HD 4890 with E6600 CPU?

Hi - after playing Arma 2 at 1400 x 900 with my current system (see sig) and most options on I have found a lot of mouse lag (and Crysis has to be run with pretty low options too) I want to buy a Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X.

Question is will this be worth it bareing in mind my current CPU? I don't have enough cash to buy a new MB & CPU at the moment.

Thanks.
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  1. Not sure why sig isn't appearing but here is my setup:

    E6600 Dual Core
    ASUS P5LD2 SE
    4 Gig Corsair 665Mhz
    Nvidia Sparkle 8800GTS 320Meg
    19\" Belina TFT
  2. Yes, it will be enough, your bottleneck is your 8800gts....

    If you can overclock it to 3GHz, better
  3. Wait a month for new cards to come.Maybe you get better options......
  4. I would suggest saving some cash and getting a 1Gb HD4870 instead, it's a closer match to your CPU and resolution.
    Agree with the overclock idea, my E6600/HD4870 combination yeilded useful speed improvements with a CPU overclock.
    Just remember that both cards need two PCI-E connectors and most HD4890s need 1X6 pin and 1X8 pin, if your PSU is under 500Watts or lacks these connectors it might be a good idea to upgrade it as well.
  5. Thanks for your replys.

    Would be probably be better to wait a month or so but you could go on for ever waiting till prices dropped and new cards come out - plus I'm very impatient!

    I have a 570 watt PSU - it has the 6 pin but not the 8 pin but should be able to use a Molex to 8 pin adaptor though?

    I wanted to go for this card because it's fairly cheap (compared to the last two Nvidia's I've bought at £200+ this is £142 and I'm getting £40 for my 8800GTS) so not much outlay for big improvement.

    Also it runs pretty quiet and I hate loud fans - as well as the good speeds the card runs at.

    I've never overclocked before - anyone know of a tutorial or something for overclocking an E6600? and also if the 3GHz is the safe speed to aim for?

    Many thanks
  6. Ok - well I bought the Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X (didn't go for Toxic as I messed up the price) never mind should be a good card to learn overclocking!
  7. overclock that E6600... you WILL NOT BELIVE how much difference even 3.0Ghz makes
  8. motto said:
    Ok - well I bought the Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X (didn't go for Toxic as I messed up the price) never mind should be a good card to learn overclocking!


    A great card, about to buy one myself. I wish I could find an 4890 Atomic but I haven't had any luck. They are factory overclocked to 1GHz out of the box. You could get the Vapor-X up to that as well but nice to know you have it for sure.
  9. Never overclocked before but curious now you say it will make such a difference! I have a standard fan, will that cut it?

    Also glad to see someone else going for the same card darkvine (makes me think I did something right in choosing it!). Got it for a £150 delivered which isn't bad especially with selling my 8800GTS for £40 and a buyer left a review saying it was actually the OC version. Now to see how Arma 2 runs!
  10. Standard fan or stock intel fans ate not so good for oc'ing.

    You can get ~300-400 Mhz with them.
  11. shubham1401 said:
    Standard fan or stock intel fans ate not so good for oc'ing.

    You can get ~300-400 Mhz with them.


    Ok - fair enough. So I guess I'm aiming for around 600Mhz, so something more powerfull then....
  12. Room temps?
  13. shubham1401 said:
    Room temps?


    Low 20's if that (this is Scotland!!)
  14. You have good chance of getting 600mhz OC.

    Here it is 35c.
  15. where in scotland are you?
  16. rangers said:
    where in scotland are you?


    Livi (Livingston).
  17. i've got a 4890 in the box for £100 if you can get to glasgow
  18. Hey guys - I have a related question!

    Here are my specs:

    E6600
    Asus P5W DH
    7900GT (3 years old!!)
    4GB RAM
    19" LCD

    I am experiencing severe screen flickering during idle (just looking at desktop, running firefox - very light tasks) and terrible artifacts during gameplay. My graphics card is dying for sure. :sweat:

    Here's my question:

    My GPU core temp is around 53C idle. When a game boots up, the temp jumps to 60C, and then I start to see artifacts.

    Should I look into better cooling solutions? I also want to upgrade to an HD4890 - should I be worried about my computer temps with a more powerful GPU?

    I'm going to pull out my GPU and give it a thorough cleaning. I hope this solves the flicker, but I really doubt it will :pfff: If you guys have any idea about this screen flicker, any input would be greatly appreciated
  19. the temp is OK, sounds like the card is on its last legs just remember if you do go with ATI you will have to clean out the nvidia drivers
  20. rangers said:
    i've got a 4890 in the box for £100 if you can get to glasgow


    Now he tell's me! Thanks anyway mate but I ordered the vapor-x 4890 a couple of day's ago.
  21. Sorry - bit of a newb question but on the molex to 6 pin adaptor I take it I plug in both molex's? Ta.
  22. Well forget the last question as it only came with one molex!

    Got the card and am very happy, Crysis running at full tilt is excellent, Arma 2 the occasional stutter when viewing distance is maxed - but I think this game is badly made, the mouse smoothing sucks!
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