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Can someone help me with my graphics card purchase?

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January 24, 2010 1:07:32 AM

Hey guys,

I need some help, I just build a budget rig (Athlon II X4, 2 GB RAM, and Windows 7). This week I plan on buying a graphics card since my Xbox 360 got it's second red ring, and quit working. I decided to buy a GPU instead. Basically I want to play the same games I use to play on my system (NBA 2K10, FIFA 10 etc.), and a few others that are coming out (Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell conviction, MGS Rising etc.) at the same or better performance as the Xbox 360. I'm hoping to max out if possible, but I'm on a budget so I nailed my decision down to the HD 4770 or the HD 4850. Both of them are close in price. I know the 4770 uses less power, and the 4850 is slightly better. I have a 585W power supply.

If you were me guys, what card would you get?

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January 24, 2010 1:34:22 AM

philanthropist15 said:
Hey guys,

I need some help, I just build a budget rig (Athlon II X4, 2 GB RAM, and Windows 7). This week I plan on buying a graphics card since my Xbox 360 got it's second red ring, and quit working. I decided to buy a GPU instead. Basically I want to play the same games I use to play on my system (NBA 2K10, FIFA 10 etc.), and a few others that are coming out (Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell conviction, MGS Rising etc.) at the same or better performance as the Xbox 360. I'm hoping to max out if possible, but I'm on a budget so I nailed my decision down to the HD 4770 or the HD 4850. Both of them are close in price. I know the 4770 uses less power, and the 4850 is slightly better. I have a 585W power supply.

If you were me guys, what card would you get?


For about 100 USD an ATI Radeon HD 5670 is a pretty good deal considering its close to the 4770 but has dx 11. But imo its worth it to buy a 5770 for 159.99 since you get dx 11 and better performance than all the cards mentioned.
a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2010 1:50:57 AM

Sapphire HD 5670 1GB OR 512MB It has a good cooler which is cooler than the reference design!
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2010 4:13:17 AM

You will be able to get good enough performance from either of 4770 or 4850.

However,
I would suggest you to go for a 5750 HD for around $130
It may seem expensive but you will get a card which will be good enough for you for couple of years or so.

If you dont have the money yet, to buy 5750, I suggest you should wait some time. Arrange some money, and then get a 5750.


GooD LucK
January 24, 2010 1:24:10 PM

Thanks for your input. I might just go with the Sapphire 1GB HD 5750. I should purchase my card on Monday, will let you know
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 24, 2010 2:58:25 PM

What is your monitor's native resolution?
The HD5750 is nice but with the $30 price difference I'm not so sure it's worth the money over an HD4850.
January 24, 2010 4:21:35 PM

Really?? Its max resolution is 1680 x 1050, it's an HP w2007 20" wide screen monitor. Well which one do you think? 4850 or 5750?

As for the resolution I game at, I couldn't tell you since I really don't game on PC much.
a c 519 U Graphics card
January 24, 2010 5:29:52 PM

The HD5750
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 24, 2010 9:00:08 PM

Well, at that resolution the HD5750 will be roughly 6% better than the HD4850;
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_5750_P...
30% higher price for 6% performance is a bit steep imo. The HD5750 is DX11 but when shopping with that kind of budget I'd just stick to pure price/performance myself. If you have the money the HD5770 would be a great for that resolution and is the best buy in it's price range right now.
a c 519 U Graphics card
January 25, 2010 2:30:55 PM

the hd5750 is worth the extra cash!
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 25, 2010 2:33:03 PM

Why
a c 519 U Graphics card
January 25, 2010 2:36:31 PM

dx 11 reso better frame rates!
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 25, 2010 2:41:25 PM

I don't see it. If the HD4850 wasn't $30 less then sure but seeing as it is then if you are going to bother getting a card more powerful just shell out the money for an HD5770. The HD5750 just doesn't make sense for the money IMO unless your PSU can handle an HD5750 but not the HD4850.
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