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ATI 4770 512mb or ATI 4850 1gb?

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January 4, 2010 12:02:19 AM

Im interested in either getting the ATI 4770 512mb or the ATI 4850 1gb for price vs performance ratio. I will use it on a 22 inch monitor @ 1680x1050.

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January 4, 2010 12:24:30 AM

the cheaper one... unless you are planning to run GTA4 and you have i7 or i5 (then get 4850)
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January 4, 2010 12:42:00 AM

4850 512 and 1gb versions are better than the 4770. The 4770 uses less power.
The 4850 512mb will be sufficient since the 1GB version can't use all that RAM.

Get whatever is the cheapest.
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January 4, 2010 1:59:34 AM

What is your PSU it could be the deciding factor?
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January 4, 2010 6:02:27 PM

My Computer Specs
AMD Athlon 64 x2 2.7ghz
2gb Crucial Ballistix
450 watt psu
160gb HD
Windows 7

Also Power may be an issue.
Ive heard that the 4770 can be overclocked to the point that it outperforms the 4850.
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January 4, 2010 6:33:42 PM

Is there a reason your limited yourself to those two? Neither card has high availability right now--the 4850 is no longer manufactured and the 4770 has manufacturing issues affecting availability. This has driven prices on both of them about $20 higher than it was last fall.

A Nvidia GTS 250 would be faster than the 4770 and similar to the 4850 for about the same $110 price tag.

The deciding factor maybe your PSU though--if your 450w is crappy you should get the more power efficient 4770-- if not the GTS 250 would be a better choice.
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January 4, 2010 6:39:53 PM

Im an ATI/AMD guy. but i there a different card that you would recommend? Also most benchmark test show that the 4770 and 4850 outperform the gts 250.
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January 4, 2010 7:03:33 PM

l3xus said:
Im an ATI/AMD guy. but i there a different card that you would recommend? Also most benchmark test show that the 4770 and 4850 outperform the gts 250.


I dont think anything other than the three cards we have discussed is really competitive at this price point. If you feel poor the 9800GT would be a good deal at $80--and is pretty close to the 4770.

benchmarks for all 3 cards:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,...

best cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...
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January 4, 2010 10:32:54 PM

But if u were to pick the 4770 512mb (which can be overclocked alot) or the 4850 1gb?
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January 5, 2010 2:26:21 AM

If your 450watt is good quality I would go with the HD4850!
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January 5, 2010 2:38:42 AM

l3xus said:
But if u were to pick the 4770 512mb (which can be overclocked alot) or the 4850 1gb?


Well you can overclock the 4770 to get it up to 4850 level power-- or just get the 4850 which is probably the better option. Ideally whatever is cheaper.
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January 5, 2010 4:39:37 AM

A 450w PSU can probably handle an HD4850 and it's the better choice. This;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is a good deal.
To be certain about the PSU tell us the brand and/or how many amps it claims to have on the +12v rail. If you can afford it you could also consider an HD5750 which uses slightly less power than the HD4770 while performing slightly better than an HD4850 and is DX11 compatible.
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January 5, 2010 6:05:39 PM

GTS 250 is even more outdated if you wanna go there but in any case that HD4850 I linked is a better deal than any GTS 250 on the egg at the moment.
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January 6, 2010 5:26:15 PM

There are a good amount of GTS 250s with only one power connector. Just check the pics on newegg.
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January 6, 2010 5:34:58 PM

If you have a brand loyalty to XFX the 5750 is only $14 more and is more energy efficient (less psu strain...)

XFX 5750 1 GB-$139
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise these 4850s are a better deal:

Sapphire 4850 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PowerColor-99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The 4770 isnt a good buy at these prices... it would be competitive if it were $95--but at $114 you should get one of the other choices. I dont think it is worth it to get 1 gb on a 22'" monitor--the 512 should probably work fine--but if you want to there are cheaper 1gb models than the one you chose as well.
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January 6, 2010 5:52:46 PM

I will probably look into the 4850 1gb or 5750 1gb. 1gb=better performance. Also i want to have dual dvi on the card.
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January 7, 2010 1:52:08 AM

The 4850!
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April 23, 2010 8:04:09 AM

I want to play NFS Shift and PES 2010 but I cannot make my mind between what graphic cards that suits my system and can play that game.
My system is;

Intel i3(2.93Ghz)
H55M gigabyte motherboard
WD 500GB
Corsair 2GB DDR3 Ram
200 watt PSU.

Please help me :cry:  :cry: 
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April 24, 2010 7:15:46 PM

First off if ur interested in getting a graphics you need to upgrade your psu. 200 watt is not enough. You need at least a 450 or 500 watt psu.
Ajiez said:
I want to play NFS Shift and PES 2010 but I cannot make my mind between what graphic cards that suits my system and can play that game.
My system is;

Intel i3(2.93Ghz)
H55M gigabyte motherboard
WD 500GB
Corsair 2GB DDR3 Ram
200 watt PSU.

Please help me :cry:  :cry: 

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April 27, 2010 7:27:12 AM

If I upgrade my PSU to Gigabyte 400wtt can I play NFS without crash?I am going to buy Ati 5570 because many people recommend it but can the graphic cards play the NFS Shift and other demanding graphics games?I don't want to buy something because I am in a very tight budget.
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April 28, 2010 6:06:51 PM

The 5770 requires at least a 450 watt psu with one 6 pin connector. A 5770 would perform very well on nfs shift. I have a 9800gtx+ and it performs very well even though its an old the card.
Ajiez said:
If I upgrade my PSU to Gigabyte 400wtt can I play NFS without crash?I am going to buy Ati 5570 because many people recommend it but can the graphic cards play the NFS Shift and other demanding graphics games?I don't want to buy something because I am in a very tight budget.

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