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Upgrade to ATI 5850

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October 19, 2009 10:25:43 AM

I'm currently using ATI 4850. the rest of my specs are in my sign. Should i upgrade to the newer ATI 5850?

1- will i note noticeable difference?
2- ill be using 1680x1050 resolution.
3- will my cpu and ram, hold the gpu back if i upgrade? (bottleneck)

thanks guys for the opinions.

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October 19, 2009 10:38:11 AM

You will notice a nice boost with the 5850. As for any bottleneck, there should be none. You could always just get a bit more of RAM, it is dirt cheap.
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October 19, 2009 10:42:30 AM

I think you will have a very noticable difference. The 5850 is a much faster card than the 4850. THe 4850 is similar to a 9800gt and the 5858 is similar to the GTX 280, I think both ATI cards are slight faster than the NVidia cards I mentioned.

I own an 8800GTS 320mb and I think it's definitely time for me to get a 5850.
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October 19, 2009 11:27:35 AM

5850 will be a nice upgrade.

For your resolution it will be a overkill though....But it will last longer.
Everything else in your rig is fine but get some more RAM.

4GB is the amount recommended...
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October 19, 2009 2:07:40 PM

Ah, sorry. i forgot to update my sign. I already have DDR2 800MHz 4GB of ram. So this upgrade is really recommended. :D 

just want the best COD6 experience.
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October 19, 2009 2:16:05 PM

may b you need 2 upgrade your PSU. 5850 needs 550w as minimum, but you have 500w. :(  again u r using 65nm Q6600 which needs much more power than 45nm Quad-Core cpus and u also OCed it to 3.0GHz. i think you need 600w. :( 
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October 19, 2009 2:21:44 PM

^i checked their website. the requirement was 500W or greater. If i would need a new psu as well. i just might not do it.
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October 19, 2009 2:32:22 PM

Ya...Thats what I was thinking.
You have a good card that can play most games on your monitors native resolution.
I already said 5850 is an overkill for you.

Its better not to upgrade this time.
Wait till prices drop to some extent.

You may even have GT300 to choose...
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October 19, 2009 2:37:53 PM

Thanks guys.

made up my mind. ill just wait longer (year), then just buy me a whole new pc. thanks tho. for the time and opinions.
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October 19, 2009 4:23:29 PM

np. i really doubt our 4850s wont be able to damage cod anyway. maybe not with all the eye candy turned up max but totally good FPS at max resolutions.
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November 15, 2009 12:00:54 PM

gaborbarla said:
I think you will have a very noticable difference. The 5850 is a much faster card than the 4850. THe 4850 is similar to a 9800gt and the 5858 is similar to the GTX 280, I think both ATI cards are slight faster than the NVidia cards I mentioned.

I own an 8800GTS 320mb and I think it's definitely time for me to get a 5850.


ehm? stop talking that bullshit, the 4850 BEATS the 9800gt and is NOT similar to it, and 5850 is NOT similar to gtx280! 5850 beats the gtx285 and is NOT similar to it.

"night_wolf_in" the upgrade for a 5850 is HUGE the 5850 is even beating the 4850X2 which IS twise as good as a regular 4850, at the current price and thinking for the future nvidia cards, ill bet that nvidia NEVER will match ati's price to performance ratio but tho nvidia might have the most powerful cards but way to overpriced.

conclusion : the 5850 is worth it and as for the bottleneck, well its your lucky day, the 5850 i built on the 40nm process and actually it doesn't require much more power than a 4850, your 500w is enough and the p35 have a pci express 1.1, well it might be bottlenecking but fact by fact it shouldn't because the max data transfer for pci-e 1.1 is 4000mb/s and thats the ammount 5850 uses, 5850 is absolutely worth it, no doubt
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November 15, 2009 12:22:46 PM





you should be fine with what you currently got with a 5850
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November 15, 2009 9:04:58 PM

You will also notice DirectX 11 quality graphics...
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