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ASUS 9600gt vs 5850

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November 6, 2009 11:33:08 PM

How much of an increase in gaming will i notice with the 5850?

Bare in mind i mainly play company of heroes @ 1080p max dx9 at 60 fps.

Is the 9600gt OC to 800/2000/960 enough to power most games at max settings today? or is the 5850 a worthy upgrade?


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November 6, 2009 11:41:36 PM

You will notice a big improvement.

Here is a graphics card hierarchy chart:

9600GT < 8800GT/9800GT ~ 4830 < 4850 ~ 5750 ~ 9800GTX/GTS250
< 4870 ~ 5770 ~ GTX260 < 4890 ~ GTX275 < GTX285 < 5850

A 5850 is about 5 tiers above a 9600GT. If you're going for that card, just make sure you have a cpu that won't be bottlenecked.

An OCed 9600GT can handle most newer games at medium-high resolutions.
November 6, 2009 11:46:40 PM

I have a E5200 @3.4ghz is that enough or do i need a i5/i7?
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November 6, 2009 11:50:12 PM

Something along these lines (CPU:Core i7 920 @ 3.8 GHz):

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November 6, 2009 11:51:01 PM

centuryman said:
I have a E5200 @3.4ghz is that enough or do i need a i5/i7?
It's actually a good CPU. You won't get the same numbers of course but the relative improvements should be close.
November 6, 2009 11:54:43 PM

So roughly 300% faster? seems like a worth while upgrade then.

Thanks for the data WR2! couldn't be more helpful :) 
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November 6, 2009 11:57:19 PM

Your mileage will vary - but considering you can take the 5850 into your next system and that you might want to play other games - yeah the 5850 will be nice.

If its JUST for Company of Hero's you can save some $$ and not have to aggravate yourself trying to find a 5850 while they're in short supply like they are now.
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November 6, 2009 11:59:30 PM

Hmmm, you will hit a bottleneck with an E5200. I personally have a E5300 overclocked, and paired it with a 4830. I wouldn't go over a 4870 with my CPU though.

You can buy the 5850, but I also suggest you upgrade your CPU, preferably to a quad. (you can get a good quad cheap at Microcenter for $130, or get them used off ebay)

If you don't have the money to do both, then I suggest you get a $160 5770 instead, and then use the rest of your money for a cpu. (sell your E5200 on ebay or amazon, of course)
November 7, 2009 12:04:31 AM

I live in New Zealand and there are quite a lot of 5800's here surprisingly but thanks.

Ive been reading that it is a waste of money to buy a core 2 quad with the i5s out. In New Zealand i would be looking at $316 for a Q8300 or $230 USD. where the i5 is $360.

Also are these prices way higher than in the USA because if so i may buy one there and ship it over.
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November 7, 2009 5:16:32 AM

i5s are $200USD here.
November 7, 2009 5:23:06 AM

60hz screens cant display more than 60 fps, dont upgrade.
November 7, 2009 8:33:32 AM

200! wow, does anyone know of any sites that have good prices (USD wise) and ship to New Zealand?
November 7, 2009 11:03:46 AM

rescawen said:
60hz screens cant display more than 60 fps, dont upgrade.

That was totally unhelpful. And totally unrelated.. and totally WRONG (at least the last part).
January 26, 2010 2:50:09 PM

Hmm kind of in the same situation here. I got a Palit 9600gt 512mb. Thinking about the 5770 ~200$ or 5850 ~300$.

My specs:

Intel E8400 Core2Duo 3ghz
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz 2GBx2 Dual Channel
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
Benq FP241VW - 24" - Model Q24WS
ASUS P5K SE/EPU Socket 775 Intel P35
Palit nvidia 9600gt 512mb
Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10000RPM

1st priority I would like to max out l4d2 as much as possible on 1920x1200 since i game on a 24"
Then play bioshock 2 and aliens vs predator at that res

What would you do with these specs? Thanks!