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February 24, 2010 12:45:20 PM

I'm not sure which to get. I'm going to be building soon and I want to be able to play the latest games with the settings as high as I can. I also don't want to upgrade in the near future.

Here is what I use for a PC monitor http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think it's 1680x1050

It will be going in an Antec 902 w/ an AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2 Ghz

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February 24, 2010 12:57:19 PM

Or you could buy an HD5830 and crossfire in the future. An HD5830 would tide you over for a year, most likely.

If you don't want crossfire, definitely an HD5850.
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February 24, 2010 12:59:30 PM

nah, the 5830 is a really stupid card to get atm

Its release price is meant to be £200
But you can get a 5850 here for £210

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February 24, 2010 12:59:57 PM

How much are they 5830's going to be? Or do we not know yet...
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February 24, 2010 1:01:31 PM

He's using newegg, which means $USD or $CAD. The HD5850 is $300, while the HD5830 has a supposed release price of $250 (or somewhere close). The extra $50 he saves could go to a CF motherboard, and an HD5830. Later down the road, a CF HD5830 will kill the HD5850.
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February 24, 2010 1:10:13 PM

Well I don't think I want a 5380....I will either get a 5770 or spend the money and get the 5850.
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February 24, 2010 1:14:18 PM

Guess we'll have to see some reviews to see if that extra $50 is worth it then ;) 
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February 24, 2010 1:25:26 PM

If you want to play at the highest graphics quality possible then get the HD 5850. It should last you a couple of year longer than a HD 5770 @ 1680 x 1050 resolution before you need to upgrade.
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February 24, 2010 3:40:55 PM

Thanks for the help.

How does 2 HD5770's crossfired compare to one HD5850?
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February 24, 2010 4:03:13 PM

HD5770's do nicely.
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February 24, 2010 4:11:26 PM

2 HD5770's crossfired is a lot better than one HD5850.
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February 24, 2010 4:30:48 PM

OK then I think I will just go ahead with the one HD5770 for now for $160 then pick another up down the road when I see a dip in performance (should be cheaper then too)

Doesn't make much sense though - the price of 2 HD5770's = 1 HD5850

Also, does anyone know if this MoBo supports Crossfire? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 24, 2010 4:56:37 PM

It doesn't support crossfire.
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February 24, 2010 5:04:12 PM

Good to know! Next question - if I want to crossfire 2 cards do I need to get a MoBo that has two PCI-Express x 16 slots?
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February 24, 2010 5:11:22 PM

Yes, definitely.
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February 24, 2010 5:35:42 PM

Make sure it says Crossfire Support.
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February 24, 2010 6:25:46 PM

Keep in mind that CF scaling (same with SLI too) isn't exactly worth the cost; I've seen very few CF solutions hold up generation to generation...I find it much more efficent cost/performance wise to just get the 1 better card.
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February 24, 2010 6:38:42 PM

Agree with jag, the 5850 for a longer term problem solver
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February 24, 2010 7:19:56 PM

gamerk316 said:
Keep in mind that CF scaling (same with SLI too) isn't exactly worth the cost; I've seen very few CF solutions hold up generation to generation...I find it much more efficent cost/performance wise to just get the 1 better card.



I'm confused :heink:  I can get two HD5770's that will outperform one HD5850 and in some cases the HD5870 for the same price? Referring to http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...

I will probably get one HD5770 now and crossfire another in a year or so....doesn't that seem pretty practical?

I guess that kinda contradicts my original post about not wanting to upgrade lol but I think I would be OK with getting another 5770 down the road when they drop in price.
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February 24, 2010 7:34:15 PM

Problem is, will there be any available in a few years? Or even a year?
Therell certainly be another gen before a year from now, including a possible refresh as well
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February 24, 2010 7:45:27 PM

Of course you can find old cards for crossfire. I'm sure the HD5770 will still be available new in a year and past that you can always ebay. I'm sure it will be much cheaper as well.
An HD5770 and crossfiring when necessary is a perfect choice for a 1680x1050 monitor. Advising people to buy video cards more powerful(and twice as expensive) than what they need isn't always necessary guys.
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February 24, 2010 9:16:39 PM

Best answer selected by shaw24.
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February 24, 2010 9:21:17 PM

jyjjy said:
Of course you can find old cards for crossfire. I'm sure the HD5770 will still be available new in a year and past that you can always ebay. I'm sure it will be much cheaper as well.
An HD5770 and crossfiring when necessary is a perfect choice for a 1680x1050 monitor. Advising people to buy video cards more powerful(and twice as expensive) than what they need isn't always necessary guys.



Thank you! This is what I was thinking exactly. It's so easy to just get the next step up but after a while your $1000 build turns into a $1500 build and it's overkill. But thanks everyone for your input - even if I didn't take your advice, it has helped me choose between the two cards!
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February 24, 2010 11:04:47 PM

No 16x 8x is fine.
Ideal 16x , 16x
Fine 16x, 8x
Fine 8x 8x ,in fact only the most powerful cards would near the bandwidth available at 8x 8x
Its the best a p55 1156 board can run at (not important to you).
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February 24, 2010 11:19:29 PM

notty22 said:
No 16x 8x is fine.
Ideal 16x , 16x
Fine 16x, 8x
Fine 8x 8x ,in fact only the most powerful cards would near the bandwidth available at 8x 8x
Its the best a p55 1156 board can run at (not important to you).



Got it - thank you very much
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February 25, 2010 12:04:22 AM

Yeah, basically just avoid anything that says x4. If it doesn't make it clear look it up elsewhere.
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