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January 18, 2010 1:51:48 PM

ok i need help in picking a new card i have £300

my spec

cpu-Q6600
moboard-p5k premium
psu-650 corsair
mem-8 gig corsair xms-6400
hdd-wd raptor

im will be useing win 7 just so you know i did have a 8800gtx but i got the bsod that you cant fix nvlddmkm.sys
i was looking at the ati 5850 0r a 4870x2 or two 4850

just dont know what to do

thamx michael

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January 18, 2010 1:56:56 PM

madmick22 said:
ok i need help in picking a new card i have £300

my spec

cpu-Q6600
moboard-p5k premium
psu-650 corsair
mem-8 gig corsair xms-6400
hdd-wd raptor

im will be useing win 7 just so you know i did have a 8800gtx but i got the bsod that you cant fix
i was looking at the ati 5850 0r a 4870x2 or two 4850

just dont know what to do

thamx michael


5850 gets my vote. 4870x2 is faster, but needs a bigger PSU. 2x4850 are slower or about the same as a 5850, but consume almost double the wattage of the 5850.
Also the 5850 has more features and is DX11 compatible, the rest aren't.
January 18, 2010 1:59:48 PM

+1 for the 5850
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January 18, 2010 3:56:01 PM

Hi Madmick,

The 5850 is the best choice of the suggestions above because its newer, more efficient, and offers DX 11. (However, depending on the size of your monitor you might not actually need this much power to max out games--post it if you want advice there)

A single card is usually a better option than double cards. Also, by getting a single good card now you have the option crossfire it as an upgrade later.

You should be able to find a 5850 for about £245. The next level up would be a 5870 at £330. If you want to spend less I believe the 5830 will be launching soon.

Finally, have you considered overclocking your processor? After getting a 5850 it will become the weakest link in your computer.
January 18, 2010 6:29:40 PM

hi deadlockedworld

yes i was thinking of geting the 5850

not really overclocked much iv got the Akasa RevoThermodynamic CPU Cooler so i may do that

om useing a 19" LCD monitor that the moment (cheap) looking to get a new one
a b U Graphics card
January 18, 2010 9:23:13 PM

Hey... Ive also been contributing to this similar and more active thread that you might want to read.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

You definitely wont be able to see the real power of a 58xx card until you get a new 23-24in monitor. You could easily max out the 19" with an ATI 5750 or 5770.
January 18, 2010 11:08:07 PM

If you have plans to upgrade your screen or add another, then the 5850 is best. You may also need to overclock your cpu some...

If you have no plans on upgrading your screen, then get a 5750, which is more than enough for you.
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