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Upgrading video card in next few days, need suggestions

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December 21, 2009 5:30:47 PM

Hello community! I recently built a new system (early November), but I decided at that time to re-use my 8800 GTS 320Mb card to save a little cash. Now I am looking to upgrade from that card because I'm selling the old rig to my brother in law. For reference, here's my new system:

Main Board - ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX
CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
CPU cooler
DVD Burner
HDD (2 of these in a RAID 0)
Case
Monitor - Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
OS - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I don't plan on getting a lot of money for my old system (since it's used and it's going to a family member), but I hope to use it towards a new GPU. I'd like to keep it around $250 or so, but if bumping it up to $300 would be a significant jump in performance then I wouldn't even think twice about it. Any help would be appreciated!

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a c 177 U Graphics card
December 21, 2009 7:06:09 PM

Go for the HD5850, it's a little over budget but you'll not regret it, and the next step down is a big one.
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December 21, 2009 7:38:07 PM

Something like this?
Sapphire HD 5850

I originally stayed away from these due to availability (it was suggested to get one in my New System Build thread), but it looks like they're back in stock for a slightly higher price.
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2009 7:46:43 PM

It is a big gap down from the 5850 to anything really. If you think you can afford it, go for it.

If you want to stick at $250, maybe look at the 4890 or gtx275 if you can get any of those available.
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December 21, 2009 8:35:18 PM

$300 isn't going to break the bank, so to speak, so I'm fine with getting the 5850. As far as brand goes, is Sapphire a reputable company?
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2009 9:02:18 PM

Well it depends on who you ask. I used to think Sapphire were pretty good but tbh I've had a lot of problems with their cards.

Two x1950 pro's RMA'd (admittedly I had them both for over a year of heavy use).
My Sapphire 5850 got RMA'd too.

I have had two Sapphire 4770's that ran perfectly however.

It's probably just bad luck more than anything, I've had cards break from companies like bfg, evga too. In the end, if it breaks you are gonna RMA it anyway so no real loss.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2009 1:38:28 AM

If it's broken, you'll have to RMA it anyway whether it is from a "reputable" company or the other. Personally, what I look for is the solution it offers (clock/shader/mem configs, cooling solution, bundles, etc) and last but not the least, price.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
December 22, 2009 5:46:27 PM

@ tpnp: Sapphire are the largest supplier of ATI (AMD?) cards, so I guess they are doing something right.
I've had several Sapphire cards over the years without so much as stutter but, as Jennyh says, you can always get a bad one:( 
If you can extend the budget a little more, XFX has the security of their double lifetime warranty and some of the best support in the business (if you live in the US or Canada).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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