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Recommend me a gpu for 1920x1080

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January 9, 2010 11:15:11 PM

System basics: q8400 chip, gigabyte ep45-ud3p board, 4gb ram, corsair 520w psu (modular), win7 64bit and currently a 7950gt.

I want a decent card for my new'ish 23'' monitor. Something that will run dragon age fairly well and games from the last two years (and WoW at max res with 60fps). Mid range I've been thinking the 5770 but not sure it will have enough power. Otherwise the 5850 seems the better deal to keep performance up. Not too sure I want to spend the cash for the 5850 for it right now. Its not that I can't afford it, i'm looking at price/performance and I may end up building a whole new system later this year. I'm also wondering if the psu would have problems with the 5850 (it will be a tight fight in my lian li case too but probably doable). Seems to be not the greatest time to buy a new vid card lately. :) 

Thoughts?

TIA

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January 9, 2010 11:29:39 PM

If you are going to go for a new system later this year why not go with the HD5850 now and then carry it over. Buying a stop gap card that you would be happy with would be something like HD4890 but that's already $200
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:32:59 PM

The HD5850 is very low power like all the HD5000 cards. It uses slightly less power than an HD4850 so your PSU will be more than fine. If you have the money it is a good buy and OCs very well.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:36:50 PM

Another option is an HD5770 and then another in crossfire should you find it lacking. Two in crossfire give performance similar to an HD5870 at around the price of an HD5850.
Also your system is still pretty good. An upgrade to i7 wouldn't be that large of increase in terms of gaming if that's the most intensive thing you do with your computer.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:38:17 PM

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Nope, im afraid your wrong. Minimum for HD 4850 is 450W. HD 5850 500W and thats only if you got top quality PSU, corsair etc.

I'm not wrong. Look it up. Manufacturers minimum requirements should always be ignored. They have nothing to do with reality.
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:40:05 PM

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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:40:48 PM

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HD 5770 crossfire is better than a HD 5870...

It gives slightly higher average framerates but the minimum framerates it gives are lower because of it's relatively weak memory subsystem. The minimum framerates are more important than the average when considering the actual smoothness of the gaming experience.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:45:43 PM


That is only one of 4 charts on that page and the only one which has the HD5850 higher than the HD4850. It's also the one that is based on synthetic benchmarks and stress testing that don't resemble any form of normal computer usage so that's a very poor cherry picking if you were trying to say it uses more power.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5850/28.html
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:51:11 PM

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oh so thats why I run my HD 4890 with minimum 500W recuirments on a 450W super low quality no brand china PSU?

Yeah. They give a higher number so that when people put their new card with a 500w minimum recommendation on a 500w cheapo brand PSU it will actually work even though it only actually needs a 400w PSU from a real manufacturer. You are pushing it though as your PSU is both below the recommendation and a no name brand. Don't be surprised if the PSU doesn't last too long. It may though. You never know what you will get with an off brand PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:56:06 PM

well it shows the absulute maximum the card will draw so the OP is safe with 5850
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 9, 2010 11:59:25 PM

Yeah, either way a 520w Corsair should be more than fine.
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January 10, 2010 12:03:48 AM

jyjjy said:
Another option is an HD5770 and then another in crossfire should you find it lacking. Two in crossfire give performance similar to an HD5870 at around the price of an HD5850.
Also your system is still pretty good. An upgrade to i7 wouldn't be that large of increase in terms of gaming if that's the most intensive thing you do with your computer.



Yeah, I'm leaning that way and then if I'm not happy I can get something better down the road or double it up with crossfire. I'm just not in the mood to pay the inflated prices on the 5850 the more I research it. I paid a bit under 300 for the 7950gt 3 years ago but with the bigger screen now not sure I want to lock myself in to a high end card. Not keen on buying the first versions of this generation with the generally louder fans as well.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 10, 2010 12:08:21 AM

There are a variety of coolers for the HD5850 at this point. It really is a pretty good buy if you have the money and should be very nice for your resolution for a good long while. Keep in mind that it also OCs very well, often close to the level of an HD5870.
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