I wanted to know what the best option for me would be. I've currently got a ATI HD3850 in my pc. I've got a budget of R1000 (South-African currency) to upgrade my gfx.
My option are a brand new ATI 3870 (512mb/256bit) for R1000
A used ATI 4850 (512mb/256bit) for R900
In regard to performance versus price (and longevity) would it best to get the 4850?
My current specs:
Windows 7 64-bit
AMD X2 4000+ (Overclocked to 2.7ghz)
4gb DDR800 Ram
ATI HD3850 (256mb/256bit)
320gb SATA HDD (Internal)
500gb HDD (External)
450watt PSU (Not at my pc at the moment so I can't give the amps)
26inch LG HDTV connected via DVI to HDMI converter
No, unfortunately not really. You can inspect the cooler for dust (and if it is clean it probably ran at ok temps for most of its life, but that is pretty weak evidence) but any other physical damage you see would probably cause the card to not work at all. The 4850 is riskier, but if it works, the payoff would be huge.