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April 2, 2010 6:21:59 PM

Hi I am new to the forums and I looked around and could not find any answer to some of the questions I had in mind.

Firstly:
Is it benefical from upgrading from a HD 4850 to a 5770?
Secondly:
Which card would be the best to run games on 1920x1200 resolution?

I want to spend about 150 GDP (Great British Pounds) which would be the best card for the price?

Thanks

Joe

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April 2, 2010 6:28:41 PM

The minimum I would choose for 1920 x 1200 at "high" settings, is an ATI 5850 or nVidia 470. The 5770 strains a bit more with each new DX11 game that is released. The 5770 will serve you well for just about all DX9/10 games....and since there are only a few DX11 games, perhaps you could get by playing at either educed detail settings or even 1650 x 1050 is you find the fps inadequate.
April 2, 2010 9:01:26 PM

@ sky01454: There is no sensible upgrade from the HD4850 within your budget.
Neither the HD5770 nor HD4870 are going to give you enough of a boost to warrant the money spent, much less the GTX260, which is the Nvidia equivilent.
More information would be helpful, though: CPU, Memory, PSU (make and model, not just Wattage), monitor resolution and OS.
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April 2, 2010 9:44:27 PM

Really, if you are going to upgrade from the 4850, a 5770 is only a minor upgrade for the price of $150. If you want to upgrade, you generally want to go at least a couple of tiers up from the card you have currently (check the Tom's graphics card hierarchy on the best graphics cards for the money article) otherwise you won't really see much difference. The minimum upgrade you'll probably want from the 4850 is a 5850 or better, and thats a LOT more money. A 5770 will serve you fine a 1920x1200, but you may have to reduce detail and quality settings a bit on some games. The cheapest card that will run 1920x1200 really well is probably the 5830, but at that point you might as well go for the 5850. I'm not totally sure about GDP prices of cards, but I don't think you'll get much better than the 5770 for that price.
April 2, 2010 10:34:55 PM

My specs are:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition 3.4Ghz
Motherboard: Asus Evo (Socket AM3) DDR3
RAM: 2GB Corsair 1333Mhz
Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate Barracuda
GPU: Asus HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
PSU: Coolermaster Xtreme Power 500W (I know its lousy)
Case: Coolermaster Sileo

I will spend about 200 Pounds on a GPU if it is benefical
April 2, 2010 10:55:09 PM

If you can get a 5850 in that price range, do it (not sure what prices are for the cards there). If you can't get a 5850, I'm not sure. You could get a 5830, but its not that much better than a 5770 to warrant the price increase, but the 5770 isn't worth the cost for upgrading from a 4850. 200 Pounds ~= $300 which is the price of a 5850 here, but I'm guessing its gonna be a little more expensive there. Its probably worth it though- try for the 5850:-)
April 2, 2010 11:27:11 PM

I would first upgrade from 2gb to 4gb; your minimum frame rates will improve.

I agree with the previous posters that a 5770 is too small a jump. You will be disappointed.

Be aware that if you get a 5850 or something stronger, a poor quality 500w psu might not do the job.
April 3, 2010 2:16:33 AM

Thanks a lot for answering my questions i think i will hang on to the HD 4850 until i have more cash on me i really appreciate you guys opinions thanks again
April 3, 2010 4:00:56 PM

no prob. Enjoy the 4850 for a little longer till you can spend a little more on a sweet new card:-)
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