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April 22, 2010 8:36:52 PM

Hey, i just sold my old 4870 for 135$ and I need to buy a replacement for it. I dont have much time because I've gotta leave the US for the summer and I'm gonna be taking my computer with me. I was looking at the 5850 but i noticed that the 5770 is cheaper. So guys help me figure out the cost/performance trade-offs and the resale value over time. Thanks I'd really appriciate any input.

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April 22, 2010 8:40:51 PM

Resale value is impossible to predict. I'd base the decision entirely on performance.

The 5770 is very similar in performance to the 4870. It just adds a lot of features and is better for overclocking and Crossfire. You can expect to be able to play every game with max details at 1600x resolutions (excluding Crysis). To play at 1900x resolutions, you'll need to turn the details down.

The 5850 is a lot more powerful. It has the same features as the 5770 and is great for OCing and Crossfire as well. You can play most games at max details at 1900x resolutions (again the main exclusion is Crysis).

I would personally opt for the 5850 because you won't see much improvement with the 5770 over the 4870.

EDIT: Looking at the benchmarks in the charts section, there is actually a wide variety in FPS for individual games between the 5770 and 4870. However, the sum of the FPS benchmarks are basically identical (the 5770 wins by a few FPS at each level). So if you play a lot of the games that the 4870 did poorly in, you could see a major increase with the 5770. I'd still get the 5850 though.
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April 22, 2010 8:41:58 PM

i second mad admiral's opinion on the 5850. it is much better than the 5770.
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April 22, 2010 8:57:48 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Resale value is impossible to predict. I'd base the decision entirely on performance.

The 5770 is very similar in performance to the 4870. It just adds a lot of features and is better for overclocking and Crossfire. You can expect to be able to play every game with max details at 1600x resolutions (excluding Crysis). To play at 1900x resolutions, you'll need to turn the details down.

The 5850 is a lot more powerful. It has the same features as the 5770 and is great for OCing and Crossfire as well. You can play most games at max details at 1900x resolutions (again the main exclusion is Crysis).

I would personally opt for the 5850 because you won't see much improvement with the 5770 over the 4870.

EDIT: Looking at the benchmarks in the charts section, there is actually a wide variety in FPS for individual games between the 5770 and 4870. However, the sum of the FPS benchmarks are basically identical (the 5770 wins by a few FPS at each level). So if you play a lot of the games that the 4870 did poorly in, you could see a major increase with the 5770. I'd still get the 5850 though.


You also will not be able to max out metro 2033 with those cards.

Well, with any cards actually :p 
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April 23, 2010 5:00:43 AM

na, i don't wanna go the 5870 route the $/performance for that upgrade is not worth the money, i wanna stay with the 5850, thanks for all you guys' inputs, I don't know what I'm gonna do just yet, I've gotta decide in the next week pretty much. Does anyone know what the best price is for these cards? I don't mind it used or refurbished, right now I see one on eBay for 289, I figured I'd get that with bing cashback and eBay bucks and get it for 261$. Anything lower than that ?
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