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1GB 4850 for $105 or a 5770 for $160?

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March 5, 2010 5:41:41 PM

What is the better value if you plan on upgrading in a year?

More about : 1gb 4850 105 5770 160

a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 5:48:36 PM

Since you are upgrading in a year I would get the 4850.
The 5770 only has slightly better performance.
And the card you linked is good.
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a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 5:48:41 PM

Wait. Planing to upgrade FOR 1 Year?

If so, then the 4850 1GB. If you were upgrading your card for 2 or 3 years, i would have suggested 5770. But, if you do another graphics card upgrade next year, there is no point adding a $55 + for just 1 year

Go for the 4850
March 5, 2010 5:50:22 PM

Yeah I figured a DX11 card prices would come down pretty soon so I can go with them a year or so from now after more games come out or wait and see its even a big deal
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 6:05:42 PM

What is your monitor's native resolution?
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 6:08:22 PM

It will be a big deal, Windows 7 adoption rate is huge, and Vista SP2 supports DX11.
There's a ton of games already out with DX11 just 6 months after it's introduction.

If I were you I would just buy a 5850 now, Fermi will be the top-end when it's released, and affect prices of the 5850/5870/5970.

The $100-200 range won't be affected for a while.

Edit: I see you play at 1680x1050, the 4850's fine.
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 6:10:26 PM

sabot00 said:
It will be a big deal, Windows 7 adoption rate is huge, and Vista SP2 supports DX11.
There's a ton of games already out with DX11 just 6 months after it's introduction.

If I were you I would just buy a 5850 now, Fermi will be the top-end when it's released, and affect prices of the 5850/5870/5970.

The $100-200 range won't be affected for a while.


I think that the OP doesn't have that amount of budget for GPU?
Yes a 5850 would be alot better than a 4850 and 5770 but it's about $300
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 6:13:33 PM

I'm saying, if you are going to upgrade the same PC in a year then you would want a 5770 as a minimum for an "upgrade", the 4850 would be wasted and ebay would barely get you $50.

However as he games at 1680x1050 (posted during my post) then he should just stick with the 4850.
March 5, 2010 6:18:57 PM

Well I built a new CPU and went overbudget before the vidcard. Core i7 920/6gigs Tri Ram and all that. Now Im trying to resist the urge to spend $300 on a card
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 6:21:48 PM

Then, 4850 1GB
a c 376 U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 7:40:42 PM

They are both good deals at their price so really it depends on what you want to spend.
The HD4850 will be good for your resolution while the HD5770 will be great and offers much greater power efficiency and DX11.
One thing to consider is that the HD5770 scales very well in crossfire and the low heat/power aspect makes it a rather painless setup compared to the old hotter, power hungry cards. You could get an HD5770 now and grab another when you feel the need and prices have come down. 2 will give you performance similar to an HD5870.
a c 376 U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 7:43:10 PM

BTW if you do go for the HD4850 I'd get the Sapphire card that is $2 more.
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 7:44:35 PM

Yes +1 for that post. Not sure about PowerColor.
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2010 7:52:44 PM

Good luck , its a tough call. LOL
I used the reasoning , I couldn't justify the extra money (when building my rig and choosing the cheaper alternative, in my case a 4770) to significant other. After making the leap for a small ssd,i5 750 etc. And I didn't want to butcher a working computer to stretch the purchases. Time old catch 22's !!
Good Luck !
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