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Was wanting to upgrade my 3850 256mb card. Am running a 2.66 coreduo and 4gig of ram and a 650watt psu. Wanting to get the best ATI card I could get and not bottleneck at my CPU. Running XP and not planning to upgrade to MS7. Welcome all advice I can get THANKS alot! :)
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  1. If you overclock your CPU the HD 5850 or even the HD 5870....will run very well

    but to have the full capacitiy of DX 11 ...you will have to upgrade to MS7.......

    regarding the overclocking your PSU has a good wattage just to make sure of having a very good cooling system.........:)
  2. While you might get some benefit out of one of those beast cards above.... I really think you would be quite happy with a cheaper card.

    If you arent going up to MS7 you might as well try to get a good deal on a direct x 10 card.
    You can get a 4850 for $100, or a 4890 for $165ish. Either would be a massive upgrade for you.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161298R&cm_re=4890-_-14-161-298R-_-Product
  3. An HD5770 would be a good choice.
    Overclocking the CPU is a good idea as well.
  4. Even Vista SP2 supports DX11, but the 5000 card are still great even when not using DX11.

    What games do you play?
    Resolution?
    PSU?
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    Ouch, the 256MB variant of the 3850. Well, it depends on your budget. Since you want to stick with XP I say get a 48701GB or a 4890. They are a steal at current prices, though they are creeping up as inventory disappears. Some will argue that you should go for the 5770, but considering you're sticking with XP you won't care about DX10 vs DX11, so the only issue left would be the power and efficiency :D.
  6. sabot00 said:
    Even Vista SP2 supports DX11, but the 5000 card are still great even when not using DX11.

    What games do you play?
    Resolution?
    PSU?

    Right now am playing Dragon Age.

    Resolution 1680x1050


    Coolmaster real Power Pro 650 watt.

    This was my 1st build about 2 years ago didn't do my homework on the psu.
  7. dead_95 said:
    If you overclock your CPU the HD 5850 or even the HD 5870....will run very well

    but to have the full capacitiy of DX 11 ...you will have to upgrade to MS7.......

    regarding the overclocking your PSU has a good wattage just to make sure of having a very good cooling system.........:)



    Still a novice at this stuff overclocking out of my leage .If my games play thats as far as I mess with things! :)
  8. I'm running Dragon Age at that resolution on a 4850 and it looks great; always smooth.
  9. The HD5770 is a good choice for that resolution and reasonably priced. Cheaper cards would work well also however. What exactly is your budget?
  10. What would be a good brand name card in the ATI line up.

    would rather it be relieable than fast if u know what I mean :)
  11. The cards from different manufacturers are all pretty much the same with the only difference being the fan/heatsink and warranty.
  12. Wouldn't really want to spend over 200$ U.S. Thanks for all the help guys :)
  13. jyjjy said:


    +1 if you can afford it. Or if you find a price competitive GTX 260 (since you probably wont really be using DX 11)
  14. Would a 4890 get to hot in a antek 900 case with just stoke fans?
  15. Stock fans
  16. jyjjy said:

    I agree too. This would be a nice choice. I've had good results from HIS as well.
  17. Thanks guy for ur info and time. Just ordered the XFX4890. Didn't need dx11 so went with the 4890 hope it works out!
    Thanks 4 ur time and help!!!
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