1 or 2?

should i keep the nvidia gtx 260 that i have or get two HD 4850 1GB cards?
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  1. Try to upgrade to newer tech. Sell your GTX260 for $120, and using the $200 you would have had in the two HD4850's, buy an HD5850. You'll be blown out of your mind with the comparison.
  2. i went through three 5770 cards before i gave up and got the gtx 260, they all had different problems so i was staying away from the 5 series until all the bugs are fixed
  3. ATI recently fixed them, actually. Assuming you're talking about the random gray screen/black screen issue.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ATI-Grey-Screen-Lines-Fix,9604.html
  4. well thats what the third one had, at that point i was extreamly mad. the first two had extreamly bad performance like 10 to 15 fps. but i did consider the 5800 series just having all the issues made me steer clear of ati. maybe down the road ill take the chance again. i would like to xfire two of them
  5. They fixed the 5800 series.
  6. ATI's new 5800's major problem was recently fixed in the article stated above.

    Just do what I recommended above; sell the GTX260 and get an HD5850, and later on, Crossfire them. A CF5850 setup will last you for 3+ years.
  7. The question is, why do you 'need' to upgrade from the GTX260? I would hold onto it as it WILL play any game out there on just about max settings. As soon as Fermi is released the prices of current ATi cards will drop.
  8. i dont really "need" to, what kills me is i built a new pc planing on xfire, i would love to sli another 260 but i cant. the whole idea of my new build was to build my dream machine while i had the money. ill wait for the 5850's and 70's go down a little bit. thanks for the input
  9. ok so here is another question..

    what would be better 2 5770 in xfire or 1 5850 because it would come out to be about the same price
  10. 2 5770s will perform better than a 5850, but the 5850 has an upgrade path.
  11. I'm not a big fan of Crossfire because of the poorly optimized driver issues and heat of course. I think you should hold onto your GTX260 for now, it's still a good card and there's not really any games out there that permit buying a new card at this point when you already have something that good.
  12. true, i just wanted to have the experience of hooking up and using two cards. its something ive always wanted to do and this build was supposed to be everything ive ever wanted in a computer. ill wait until prices go down.
  13. You might also find 2x 5830s a reasonably powerful and affordable setup, once they get released, and if they are priced as well as expected.
  14. The problem with most two card setups is that most single card solutions are just as good, without all the issues. I was very tempted to get a second HD4870 and almost did, but held back(and got an Auzentech X-Fi Forte, lol).
  15. The GTX260 is a complete generation behind; upgrading is not necessarily a bad idea. An HD5850 should be comparable to a GTX260 SLI as well.

    An HD5770 crossfire setup is as good as the HD5870. However, as stated, you are left without an upgrade path.
  16. the only thing holding me back from the 5000 series is i went through 4 weeks of bad cards and driver issues, even tho the 5800 series is fixed im still weary of trying again. are the 5700 series still having all the issues? because i would probably go 2 of them for now as long as i know its not going to be another 4 weeks of troubleshooting and at least 50 dollars in return shipping ] :
  17. Yeah, Bump, just go with that and Crossfire it down the road. Then you can have your experience with two cards (And how awesome it is <3), and you'll have an ass-kicking machine.
  18. JofaMang said:
    You might also find 2x 5830s a reasonably powerful and affordable setup, once they get released, and if they are priced as well as expected.



    You might find that the 5830's have not been released, shut up about cards that have not been released.
  19. Sabot, don't get mad. The 5830's are (supposedly..) coming out soon, and they should do good.
  20. He wants to upgrade now, there is no solid date on the 5830's release.
    OP might have to wait 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or the 5830 might not come out.
  21. Well considering the HD5670, 5450, and 555(70?)0 came out rather quickly, I'd assume that the next one will be here soon.
  22. sabot00 said:
    He wants to upgrade now, there is no solid date on the 5830's release.
    OP might have to wait 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or the 5830 might not come out.


    No where did he specify that he requires an immediate purchase. Your assumption just makes you look like a jerk. *thumbs up*

    All i did was suggest an option. Please take your chill pills before you post and fly off the handle for no good reason. Your emotional issues have no bearing on the topic at hand. Thanks and have a great day!
  23. One GTX260 will run just about any game, so I'm not sure why you would want anything better at this point. To me, it just looks like money down the drain at the moment. Espically since the PC world is getting very little in the game of good games. I will be sticking with my HD4870 until it starts to show it's age.
  24. AvP coming out Real soon and DX11 maybe...?

    I want for this one :D
  25. AvP demo was apparently terrible from what I've heard.
  26. lol

    was just multiplayer - had a Real quick go without knowing all the controls...
    I like its play style - but then I enjoyed the last AvP multiplayer too - though it really needed some more development to make it what it shoud have been in co-op mode.

    Need to play the demo some more to know for sure.

    But is really the single player I am waiting for. Good multi play is just a great (hopefully) bonus for me :D
  27. JofaMang said:
    No where did he specify that he requires an immediate purchase. Your assumption just makes you look like a jerk. *thumbs up*

    All i did was suggest an option. Please take your chill pills before you post and fly off the handle for no good reason. Your emotional issues have no bearing on the topic at hand. Thanks and have a great day!


    Shall I suggest the GTS 450?
    You cannot suggest something that has not released, nor has a solid release date.
    If someone wants to buy a new car, even if they are willing to wait a month, you can't suggest the next year's SUV.

    What would you say if he wants the 5830?
  28. Comparing an ATI release date to an nVidian release date is like comparing night and day, Sabot.

    You also specified a time (Next year) on that SUV.

    I would pat him on the back, give him a cookie, and tell him to just be patient.
  29. When you suggest things, you are suggesting things OP can buy, you say the 5830 is a good idea - OP googles it, can't find it.
  30. Assuming because he's smart enough to ask people BEFORE he buys something, he'd probably READ what we're posting. Now assuming that, he'd also know that the HD5830 isn't out yet.

    Now tell me. If you knew that something was coming out that could make your system better for your budget, do you stretch your budget, do you settle for less, or do you wait?
  31. If it comes out in a week I would wait, if a month I wouldn't. We don't know however when it comes out.
    If I had already purchased a new system without that part then I would not wait a second, as the parts are lying around gathering dust.

    We can assume the 5830 is between the 5850 & 5770 in performance, however the specs are far from sure. It could be a Juniper XT with a 256-bit interface, it would be Cypress LE with 1280 shaders and 256-interface. It could have the performance of an OC's 4870 or GTX 285.
  32. I had the same doubts and speculation about the card. Apparently it's supposed to be BETTER than the HD5770 this time because the 4770vs4830 was GDDR5 vs GDDR3, along with something else (From jyjjy);whereas this time around the HD5830 would (hopefully..) have a 256-bit Bus.
  33. shadow187 said:
    I had the same doubts and speculation about the card. Apparently it's supposed to be BETTER than the HD5770 this time because the 4770vs4830 was GDDR5 vs GDDR3, along with something else (From jyjjy);whereas this time around the HD5830 would (hopefully..) have a 256-bit Bus.


    so should i wait on the 5830 then?
  34. If you can, by all means. The problem is that we don't know how much the card will cost, nor what its performance is. Just cross your fingers.
  35. ok ill wait it out for now hopefully it will be a little cheaper the 5800's already out
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