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Is an ATI 5870 too much?

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April 3, 2010 6:05:06 PM

I'm in the market. Is an ATI 5870 wasted on a i7-920/930? Would a 5850 make more sense? I'd like to go up on the CPU but I'm budget-constrained.

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April 3, 2010 6:11:02 PM

nikdangr said:
I'm in the market. Is an ATI 5870 wasted on a i7-920/930? Would a 5850 make more sense? I'd like to go up on the CPU but I'm budget-constrained.


what monitor resolution are you playing at? Unless you are playing on 30 inch, the 5870 would be overkill in almost every situation, it will be more future proof 2 years down the road though (especially if you later decide to crossfire :p ).

The 5850 is a bit more of a value as far as dollars/performance goes.
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April 3, 2010 6:14:36 PM

The HD5870 is great for 1920x1080 and 2560x1600. Anything less, and you'll want an HD5850.
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April 3, 2010 6:20:29 PM

You'd like to go up from an i7 920? Where exactly do you go from there...
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April 3, 2010 6:20:38 PM

Thanks. I'm not THAT much of a resolution freak. Guess I'll save the $150 and use it to upgrade my monitor.
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April 3, 2010 6:21:56 PM

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i7-920/930? Would a 5850 make more sense? I'd like to go up on the CPU but I'm budget-constrained.

There is NO POINT in going above a i7 920/930. You can OC the i7 920/930 to about 3.6-4Ghz with good cooling.

I would also like to point out, unless your doing vid editing,etc you can save a bunch of money on a gaming build by going with an LGA1156 or AM3 build. For a gaming system, a decent X2/X3 with a good GPU will do quite well.
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April 3, 2010 6:24:53 PM

skolpo said:
You'd like to go up from an i7 920? Where exactly do you go from there...


I dunno', what are they up to now? I think it's i7-965 or something. Hard to keep up. I know I could still spend at least another $750 if I wanted to :ouch: 
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April 3, 2010 6:29:43 PM

I see... Well, send that 920 when you're done with it :) 

But seriously, stick with the 920.
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April 3, 2010 6:48:56 PM

i7-980X. 6-cores of Intel yumminess.

Though if I were you, AMD has a smexy 6core T10XX coming out for less than $200.
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April 3, 2010 6:57:11 PM

As an aside, PCGamer has started putting out a handy performance thermometer every couple of months for goobers like me. Now, for sure they have nothing as helpful as this forum, but if Tom's isn't above stealing a good idea...

http://forums.gametrailers.com/thread/the-hottest-hardw...

Maybe something similar here and I just haven't run across it?

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April 3, 2010 7:01:51 PM

nikdangr said:
As an aside, PCGamer has started putting out a handy performance thermometer every couple of months for goobers like me. Now, for sure they have nothing as helpful as this forum, but if Tom's isn't above stealing a good idea...

http://forums.gametrailers.com/thread/the-hottest-hardw...

Maybe something similar here and I just haven't run across it?

It puts the Phenom II 965 below the i(5?)-750, and the HD4850 below the 8800GTX. Didn't continue reading afterwords.
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April 3, 2010 7:04:18 PM

shadow187 said:
i7-980X. 6-cores of Intel yumminess.

Though if I were you, AMD has a smexy 6core T10XX coming out for less than $200.


Is that for matching with SLI 5970's for gaming at the local movie theater? Could you even find a digital projector that good? :pt1cable: 

Makes me think of that rock band in the Hitchhiker books.
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April 3, 2010 7:10:03 PM

shadow187 said:
It puts the Phenom II 965 below the i(5?)-750, and the HD4850 below the 8800GTX. Didn't continue reading afterwords.


Heh-heh. I know better than to go there.
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April 3, 2010 9:01:10 PM

Id get a 5850....I7 930 and spend the extra cash on a good CPU cooler and better monitor...if u at least already have 6GB of ram.....Id go with the socket 1366 just for the extra PCI express lanes....bc I think if you add SATA 3.0 or USB 3.0 to an 1156 mobo it chokes ur vid card down to 8x instead of 16x....socket 1366 still leave u with ur 16x
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April 4, 2010 1:30:18 AM

To max out 19x12 you need at least a 5870.
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April 4, 2010 3:25:25 AM

Na, an HD5850/HD5870 are good for 1080p. HD5870 definitely for 25x16 though.
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April 4, 2010 4:44:47 AM

My eyes aren't THAT good anyway.

Hint: My beard was going gray when I was playing Doom II. :cry: 

It's the 920/5850. Done.
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April 4, 2010 4:45:27 AM

Best answer selected by nikdangr.
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April 5, 2010 9:47:00 PM

shadow187 said:
Na, an HD5850/HD5870 are good for 1080p. HD5870 definitely for 25x16 though.


Can the 5850 max out Crysis with aa at 19x12. Proably, but not at 40+ frames.

I would trust the 5870 to 19x12, and the 5970 to 25x16
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April 5, 2010 10:00:42 PM

You can't use Crysis in every scenario, kay? We don't guy GPUs to play Crysis, we buy GPUs to play games. Kay? THERE IS MORE TO GPUS THAN CRYSIS.
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April 6, 2010 12:02:01 AM

I use Crysis because it represents the most difficult and graphically pleasing and stressing senrio.

THe Crysis IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS becuase if it can run Crysis, It's safe to say it can run anything.

ANd Crysis is a game, not a bench.

A game that I activley play, Along With Crysis Wars.

EDIT: You "Guy" GPUs?

How do you do that?

(I've had my own share of typos, but this is a funny one)
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April 6, 2010 12:04:12 AM

Like I said, graphics can get too good for my eyes.

Crysis was playable on my notebook with a Core 2 Duo T7700 and a GeForce 8600M. I'm sure my new rig will blow ME away on Crysis and do better than just good for any games coming out in the next few years. Hell, I've never played anything at 1280x800!

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April 6, 2010 12:06:15 AM

Honeslty, I'm playing Crysis at 1680x1050 (Maxed, No AA, 20-25 ish frames)

And If you try the 'Core" level, It's just amazing, stunning, beautiful.

But at that res, the rest of the games is good, but room for improvement.
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