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Recommendations on a Noticeable upgrade from a 8800 ultra

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December 30, 2009 4:28:11 AM

Hi guys.i have had my 8800 ultra for just over two and a half years now and i am wanting to upgrade but cannot afford one of the top end 5970 or 295 cards from ATI and Nvidia.what would be a good card for a reasonable price where i would still see a difference in upgrading,but at the same time would not break the bank.i have around 200 GBP to spend which is approx 300 dollars.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 4:47:16 AM

If your mobo and psu support crossfire, then a crossfired 5750 or 5770 would also be a good option. For comparison, the 5750 is comparible to the gts 250 / 9800 gtx which is similar to 8800 ultra. crossfired 5770s would dominate.
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December 30, 2009 5:15:27 AM

hunter315 said:
http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-215...
The 5850 is a bit over your budget but is currently the second fastest single GPU card available. It would definitely be a noticeable upgrade.
thanks for the reply mate.i am really liking the look of that card for that price and it is not too much over my budget.also to the person who replied about a possible crossfire option.i was thinking that myself untill i realised that my mobo only supports 8x in the second PCIE lane and i have heard this can cause performance problems at the kind of resolutions i would be running in.thanks for the suggestion though and for your time.greatly appreciated.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 2:29:06 PM

5850 would be a nice upgrade from your ultra. You are going to pay for it though, but then, you also paid for that ultra when you bought it!
a c 177 U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 5:51:38 PM

I'd also say get the HD5850, but be quick, stocks are VERY limited and some of those who do have stock are charging top pound (I'd say dollar but I'm in the UK;) ) for it.
Ebuyer also have a few at that price-Seven!
Novatech, Misco, Dabs, CCL, Scan and Microdirect are a few other places to shop.
Also, what are the rest of your specs? It may be the faster card will be held back by the current CPU.
December 31, 2009 4:02:00 AM

coozie7 said:
I'd also say get the HD5850, but be quick, stocks are VERY limited and some of those who do have stock are charging top pound (I'd say dollar but I'm in the UK;) ) for it.
Ebuyer also have a few at that price-Seven!
Novatech, Misco, Dabs, CCL, Scan and Microdirect are a few other places to shop.
Also, what are the rest of your specs? It may be the faster card will be held back by the current CPU.
i have a intel e6600 c2d running at 2.4 and 4 gig of corsair dominator ram.also i get most of my stuff from CCL as i live about a mile away from there store and have shoped there for a good few years.thanks for the recomendation and let me know if you think i may need to upgrade my CPU.
December 31, 2009 4:04:57 AM

jitpublisher said:
5850 would be a nice upgrade from your ultra. You are going to pay for it though, but then, you also paid for that ultra when you bought it!
yeah i think i am going to order one of these from the link given above.and your right i did pay for my ultra,much more than what the 5850's are going for.i think i paid around 500 pound in 07 when i got my ultra,maybe a few pound more.
December 31, 2009 4:34:06 AM

Won't let me edit the post above.but i just wanted to add that my cpu is overclocked to 3.0ghz and can go a bit higher as i have a good cooler and plenty of fans in my case.
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2009 12:34:50 PM

You will be happy with the 5850.
a c 177 U Graphics card
December 31, 2009 4:08:20 PM

As it stands, the E6600 is going to hold back a HD5850, mine can only just keep up with a HD5770 and the 8800 Ultra is far from a sluggard anyway.
I would advise you to keep the cash and set it towards a new I5/I7 build, prices for these new cards can only fall and I do not think you will see a large enough performance improvement to justify to cost.
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 2:25:49 AM

dm77uk said:
thanks for the reply mate.i am really liking the look of that card for that price and it is not too much over my budget.also to the person who replied about a possible crossfire option.i was thinking that myself untill i realised that my mobo only supports 8x in the second PCIE lane and i have heard this can cause performance problems at the kind of resolutions i would be running in.thanks for the suggestion though and for your time.greatly appreciated.


Is it PCI-E 2.0? If so then you can CF nicely with 5770's.
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