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HD5850 model advice (UK)

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April 6, 2010 10:46:45 AM

Top tip: Don't write a long post then click "Show the right column" without copying to clipboard :( 

I wrote a post a while ago about upgrading:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

And as a result now have a nice overclock going on my Q6600.

The next step is to be a new graphics card. I've pretty muhc set on an HD5850 as a balance between price, performance and longevity (a second 4850 would be cheaper but shorter term, a 5770 would be too litte for the games I want in 1920x1080 etc.) but am open to suggestions if anyone has them.

I've heard the 5850 stock cooler can be loud, and I like to have a dual-slot cooler to vent the hot air out of the case, so I really want something like this:

http://www.hisdigital.com/gb/product2-521.shtml
Now HIS is a brand I've had good results from before, and I'd like to show my appreciation for that by buying from them again, but I cannot for the life of me find a UK retailer of this model (or the overclocked "turbo" version, which would also be on my list).

Can anyo recommend:
A) a UK retailer for one of those cards?
B) a non-UK retailer that will ship to me and not cost huge amounts?
c) an alternate make/model with similar cooling?

Thanks for taking the time to read and (hopefully) reply.

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April 6, 2010 11:08:39 AM

Hey.

IMO the stock cooler isn't loud, you can manualy set it to 30% fan speed and its very quiet and does a good job of cooling.
At 30% fan speed I couldn't hear it over my 22DB fans.

However everyone has a different variation on what they consider quiet. So here's a few HD5850's with aftermarket coolers.

Sapphire Vapor-X http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-Sapphire-HD-5850-Vap...

Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5850 PCS+ Free game http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Couldn't find that HIS HD5850 with the aftermarket cooler, I found a standard HIS 5850 at overclockers.co.uk for £260.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
April 6, 2010 11:24:35 AM

Oh, thanks very much, I'll look into those now.
April 6, 2010 12:29:12 PM

The stock reference cooler isn't bad. 32% is the level of audibility for mine, and at that speed (and OC'ed to 825/1125) it Furmark/OCCT maxes at a reasonable 80C and only reaches 67-70C in games.
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