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Best graphics card for 20 inch... 1600 x 900

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November 30, 2009 6:29:04 PM

Best graphics card for 20 inch... 1600 x 900
ive narrowed it down to the following

GTX 260 SLI (or single if this is overkill), ATI5770 (or single if this is overkill) AND ATI 5850

processor = amd 965 BE
RAM = 4GB
Mobo = GA - MA790XT
November 30, 2009 6:31:30 PM

5850 is the sweet spot
November 30, 2009 7:54:35 PM


Also as a single card whats better.......

GTX 260 or ATI 5770
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 7:56:54 PM

GTX 260 outperforms HD5770 which has its energy efficiency and DX11 compatibility on its side.
a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 8:16:14 PM

You may want to invest your money in a better monitor. I couldn't imagine spending the extra money on a 965 to skimp on everything else. :p  Get the 5850 and spend money on a monitor with at least 1680x1050 (preferably 1920x1080). ;)  You can get a good 1080p monitor for around $160.

With CrossFire/SLi:

Performance wise... GTX 260 SLi > HD 5770 CrossFire > HD 5850
Cost wise... HD 5850 < HD 5770 CrossFire < GTX 260 SLi

With single cards:

Performance wise... HD 5850 > GTX 260 > HD 5770
Cost wise... HD 5770 < GTX 260 < HD 5850

Obviously you're getting what you pay for. It's important to note the HD 5850 and HD 5770 CrossFire support DirectX 11 and will use less power/output less heat. If you're sticking with that monitor, CrossFire/SLi is overkill at that resolution.
a c 1362 U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 8:21:14 PM

At your resolution SLI or Crossfire is not necessary with those cards.
November 30, 2009 8:46:50 PM

see my main thing is, is to fullfill my thirst for games. namely the top titles from 2007 till present.

now from what i have gatherd from toms hardware

i can do this on full graphics on a 20 inch

and for an xtra 200 uk pounds (about 350 dollar us) i can do it on a 22 inch (1900 x 1080)

as Gamers do you guys think i should spend the extra 200 ?

serious answers please , this is going to help me in my decision ........ i realy dont want to spend the extra money if i dont have too.
a c 1362 U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 8:55:21 PM

You will still be happy to play at 1600x900 (there are still people playing at 1280x1024) until you try 1920x1080 on a 23" or bigger.
a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 9:04:56 PM

gulighs1 said:
see my main thing is, is to fullfill my thirst for games. namely the top titles from 2007 till present.

now from what i have gatherd from toms hardware

i can do this on full graphics on a 20 inch

and for an xtra 200 uk pounds (about 350 dollar us) i can do it on a 22 inch (1900 x 1080)

as Gamers do you guys think i should spend the extra 200 ?

serious answers please , this is going to help me in my decision ........ i realy dont want to spend the extra money if i dont have too.


One HD 5770 or GTX 260 is enough for your current resolution. You can buy a new monitor with a higher resolution if you feel you need it -- I was just suggesting it in the case you wanted to go CrossFire or get an HD 5850. If you feel your current resolution is enough you should just stick with it and get the cheaper cards until you want to get a new one.
November 30, 2009 9:15:00 PM

im back to the gtx 260 then.....lol.

a week a go in another thread another user helped me pick that card. (at 1600 x 900)

i just thought id best check to see where the ati option would lead to ......and ended questioning what i was buying; wether i should spend more. e.t.c

ypu see if i go for the better graphics card then i need to spend more money on powersupply and the moniter.

i think with my current budget il go for the 260 for the better performance.

November 30, 2009 9:15:30 PM

BTW thanks a lot for your help guys. Its very much appreciated.
December 1, 2009 1:08:40 PM

thanks mate thats put things in to perspective.
a c 225 U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 2:35:01 AM

my pleas
December 11, 2009 9:15:02 AM

Bro, 1600x900 should be great on a 20 inch.

I play on 1280x1024 on a 17 inch, and remember, that outputs 24% more pixels than the HD Ready standard of 1366x768, and HD Ready looks great at even 50 inches...

So with 1600x900 on a 20 inch, im sure u wont be left wanting.

Get the 260 or something in that class; im sure u wont b unhappy.

peace.
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