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February 20, 2010 10:33:07 AM

OK I know WoW is not a very GPU intensive game but i was wondering what the best upgrade from a 9800gtx would be. My current setup is

AMD phenom II x4 965 3.4ghz
MSI 790fx gd-70 mobo
4g OCZ Black Edition 1600mhz
Nvidia 9800gtx
Corsair HX850 power supply
Corsair H50 CPU cooler
Windows 7 64bit OS

The only games that i really play are Left 4 Dead 2, WoW, and Aion every now and then...I know that the 9800gtx is a good card but im wondering if its kind of bottlenecking my system a bit...i get 60fps in WoW...but i see pretty big fps jumps here and there. My settings for WoW are on custom and i have particle density turned halfway, shadows are off, I also can not max out Aion without lag, which i figured i could probably do with the new build...any help would be greatly appreciated.


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February 20, 2010 10:47:22 AM

You have an pretty good rig. Even your gpu isn't that bad.
So you want to max Aion and probably be future proof?
Your psu is a great help because you can probably run every gpu people will advise.
What is your budget?
I should go for Ati 5xxx series.

Except if you want dx10 physics. (accelerated by the nvidia gpu's CUDA cores, but this is possible in dx11 too with dx11 gpu's)

I should advise a 5750 - 5770.
But if you want to go a little bit more extreme :)  you can buy an 5850.


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February 20, 2010 10:58:33 AM

ATI is the direction i was headed in:)  Ive been looking at the 5850...seems like a pretty tough card.. How would the 5750 and the 5770 compare to the 5850? Also i was kind of wanting to go ATI because of the Dx11...I want to be as future proof as i can get for the time being:) 
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February 20, 2010 11:01:08 AM

It's not really reccomended, but you can SLI a crossfire mobo if you want. Instead of just completely switching out your 9800 GTX you could SLI your x fire mobo with a 9800 GTX+ or GTX. Depends what resolution you play at, higher the more bang for the buck. Since you play games like WoW, I would say get a 5870 or 4890. You have an AMD set-up so, I would say that the Nvidia card may not be really pulling it's full weight. an ATI card would be the real best fit.
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February 20, 2010 11:03:52 AM

2 x 5750's in crossfire is roughly the same performance as a single 5850, a 5770 is quite a bit better than a 5750

I don't think a 5770 would be a worth while upgrade for you, but a 5850 certainly would.

A 5850 is slightly faster than a GTX285
A5770 is slightly slower than a 4870/GTX260
A5750 is roughly equal to a 4850 and similiar in performance to your current card
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February 20, 2010 11:05:58 AM

Thanks for the reply..my current resolution is 1680x1050. I think that might be stressing the 9800gtx a bit. Is a 5870 a better choice than the 5850?
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February 20, 2010 11:09:17 AM

your resolution would benefit greatly with Crossfire. You would notice a difference. But if it's not within your budget, then I'm pretty sure a 5870 is def. better than a 5850 by a pretty noticeable margin.
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February 20, 2010 11:11:19 AM

VinceSun said:
It's not really reccomended, but you can SLI a crossfire mobo if you want. Instead of just completely switching out your 9800 GTX you could SLI your x fire mobo with a 9800 GTX+ or GTX. Depends what resolution you play at, higher the more bang for the buck. Since you play games like WoW, I would say get a 5870 or 4890. You have an AMD set-up so, I would say that the Nvidia card may not be really pulling it's full weight. an ATI card would be the real best fit.


Are you suggesting that he can run another 9800GTX on his crossfire motherboard, because if you are your completely wrong, he would need an SLi capable motherboard.
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February 20, 2010 11:14:07 AM

Rustyy117 said:
Are you suggesting that he can run another 9800GTX on his crossfire motherboard, because if you are your completely wrong, he would need an SLi capable motherboard.


i'm not a expert, so maybe i am wrong, but from my research you can SLI a crossfire mobo, but it's not reccomended.
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February 20, 2010 11:15:55 AM

A 5850 is more than enough for 1680 x 1050, also you can overclock the 5850 alot, I've got mine at 925/1200 on stock volts (higher clocks than the 5870)
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February 20, 2010 11:17:03 AM

VinceSun said:
i'm not a expert, so maybe i am wrong, but from my research you can SLI a crossfire mobo, but it's not reccomended.


No your wrong, you cant SLi 2 (or more) nVidia cards on a crossfire only motherboard.
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February 20, 2010 11:19:07 AM

Oh kk, it would work on a hacked driver. btw what would a 4890 be compared with other cards in it's same tier?
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February 20, 2010 11:20:46 AM

I think im gonna stick with the ATI 5850 if it will handle my resolution no prob. I will prob grab a second 5850 later for crossfire. Thanks for all the help:) 
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February 20, 2010 11:26:07 AM

Ohh one more thing about the ATI 5850 i wanted to ask...i know alot of brands put there name on the 5850 like XFX, Asus, etc....What is the best as far as those cards go...ive heard the XFX is pretty decent..not sure though.
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February 20, 2010 11:40:34 AM

If you live in the US I believe you can get a double lifetime warranty with XFX.

I dnt think you can go wrong with any of the brands to be honest, just look at the included bundle, the warranty and also the price, Some also come factory overclocked.
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February 20, 2010 12:11:46 PM

Some of them have aftermarket coolers that are better than the standard one but they are expensive at the moment. I would just go for the cheapest 5850 you can find. They are all based off ATI's reference design.
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February 20, 2010 4:14:02 PM

stoneliberated said:
Ohh one more thing about the ATI 5850 i wanted to ask...i know alot of brands put there name on the 5850 like XFX, Asus, etc....What is the best as far as those cards go...ive heard the XFX is pretty decent..not sure though.



I should go for the XFX. And btw, its good you didn't choose for the 5870, because of your resolution. You can place another 5850 in cf like you said if you want even more performance.


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