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January 15, 2010 11:36:09 AM

Hi everyone.
I need some quick advice on what video card to buy to replace my Geforce 8800 GTS 640 meg.
I curently game at 1680x1050 on my 22 inch widescreen.
I play games like Bioshock, Dragon age, MW2, Maybe Crysis a little.
I want a card that will handle the upcoming Bioshock 2 release and give me breathing room for at least 1.5 years.
At my resolution what's the best choice.
I know I've read toms revies etc but Id like to hear it from the acctual users etc.
Oh and I'm not sure if my sig came through but I'm running a 955 Phenom 2 x4 @ 3.5
a 750 wt Corsair 60 amps single rail, 4 gig ddr3 1600, Haff332, and on and on

Thanks in advance
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 11:51:33 AM

You will be able to play every single game at that resolution with maximum settings with 5770

It is a card which plays games greatly at 1920x1200

I'd recommended 5850, if you had a bigger monitor.

Right now 5770 is an AWESOME card.
Later you can crossfire it with another one and get performance on par with 5850 for less


5770


GOOD LUCK
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 11:53:47 AM

I game on a 22" at the same res and trust me the 5850 is what you want. I have a 5870 and it handles EVERYTHING I throw at it. The 5770 performs slightly under the last gens 4870, which is what I upgraded FROM. To be honest, I don't think you will be happy with the performance that you would get. The 5850 will give you that big WOW factory. They also overclock very well and from what I've seen and read can reach the same clocks as the 5870 without much effort. This would give you just under 5870 performance, that is if you want to try your hand at overclocking. With ATI cards this is simply sliding the clock bars in the ATI CCC Overdrive utility.

So pony up mr. computer gamer man, and get yourself a big gun.

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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 11:56:22 AM

^^^
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Consider his experience
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 12:06:24 PM

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HD 5770 Crossfire is actually better than a single HD 5870. Atleast on benchmarks, and benchmarks = everything anyway xD


Whatever dude

I was telling him that 5770 is a good choice for now
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 12:34:58 PM

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HD 5770 Crossfire is actually better than a single HD 5870. Atleast on benchmarks, and benchmarks = everything anyway xD

Anything in crossfire is dependent on how a game scales with dual cards. In some benches they do better than a 5870, others well below a single 5850. It also depends on your resolution, at 1680x1050 a single card may perform better, but at a higher res dual cards may because of the increase memory.

"benchmarks = everything anyway" is NOT true. You have to consider the capibilities of your current PSU and motherboard. Granted his PSU is perfectly capable and more likely than not his AMD board has two PCI-E x16s for CF. You also have to take into account that two cards are going to generate more heat than one. The bottom card will generate heat that will raise to the card above. You have to consider future expansion as if you have a single card you can always add a second, where as adding two cards off the bat you would have to replace both for an upgrade.

It comes down to what he wants. I personally had trouble with crossfire and heat issues last time and will not try it again unless I have to. I went from a dual 4870 setup to a 5870. The dual 4870 has better performance in benches, however the 5870 has FAR FAR less issues and consumes less power and generates less heat. It also supports DX11. So relying on benches is not everything. You have to take into account several other factors and draw your own conclusion.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 12:40:27 PM

I always prefer single gpu card solution, less heat, less power consumption, less trouble, less noise... :) 
So, same as Jay, i would choose single 5850.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 12:48:52 PM

wa1 said:
I always prefer single gpu card solution, less heat, less power consumption, less trouble, less noise... :) 
So, same as Jay, i would choose single 5850.

I totally agree. I had the experience of dual cards, and to me the price difference is well worth the less hassle approach. If I didn't have the money for a 5870 I probably would have gotten a 5850 and OCed it. I just wanted to treat myself to the best at the time for once, otherwise I would have probably gone that route actually. I also only have to sell one card now when I want to upgrade to the next best single card solution a year + from now. But my hope was getting a better card now will keep me happy longer. My 4870 lasted 10 months. :p 
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January 15, 2010 2:04:44 PM

Thanks for all the replies so far.
My board can support x-fire 2 X16 lanes I belive but I think Id like to stay away from that for now and am leaning twords a single card sulution. It looks like a single 5850 will sufice "Just wish it was cheaper" :( 
Is that Dell deal still on for $251? or should I get the Saphire from Newegg that comes with the 600 wt power supp and just sell the power supply lol?
Thanks
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 2:22:31 PM

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Dell still has the coupon for 10% off, but they jacked the cost of the card up to $325 so with tax and free shipping it ends up being about $310 depending on your state tax. (mine is 6%)

I'd definitely snatch the 5850 with PSU deal for $300. You can keep it as a spare or sell it to someone for an easy $50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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January 15, 2010 3:42:59 PM

Thanks to everyone for all the great input.
My overall decision leaned toward a single card solution so a single 5850 seems like it will be more than enough card and should last me a while. Least on toms charts its an over 3 tier upgrade from what I have.
I wouldn't have had any power or hardware limitiations if I wanted to go Crossfire, but knowing my luck lol If I got 2 cards then i might have problems haha :( 

I bit the bullet and ordered the Saphire 5850 from Newegg with the 600 watt power supply combo.
I'll try and sell it to a needy freind
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a c 147 U Graphics card
January 15, 2010 4:47:19 PM

jayman1821 said:

I bit the bullet and ordered the Saphire 5850 from Newegg with the 600 watt power supply combo.
I'll try and sell it to a needy freind

Yeah but that bullet will taste REALLY good when you get it.
HAHA, I always have needy friends. Budget PC gaming is always more fun because you have to get stuff cheap. I'm always helping people get the best performance for cheap.
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