Hi people! first poster, long time reader here. i've got a question.
I'm about to upgrade from a 9800 gtx+, which died on me, and i was thinking about buying a 5850. Currently i'm using a DELL 2208wfp with a native resolution of 1680*1050. Other than gaming, my computer is also used for work. I use the adobe suite (mostly after effects, but also photoshop, premier, illustrator) and XSI.
Is the 5850 too much of an overkill for that resolution? should i go for a 5770 instead? (5830's price does not convince me)
i'm worrying about being bottlenecked by the low memory buffer of a 5770. How much does that affect this kind of applications?
here are my specs, if they are useful in any way:
ocz flex II 4 gb 2x 750gb western digital black Intel Q9300 mobo ASUS maximus formula (which i think killed my first card in the first place, overvolts all over the place) audigy 2 Thermaltake purepower 600W (i think that was it)
on the other hand i was given the choice of either an xfx or msi model (both cost roughly the same). Which do you recommend? i like the detail of dirt 2 on the xfx package.
hanks a lot for the future answers! (and sorry for the rusty english)
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The 5850 is much better than the 5770, and the larger bus will help you nicely. It's not considered overkill for that resolution, more or less 'Top-Of-The-Line'.
is bumping tacky?
also, i'm new to radeon. How does it work with the applications i mentioned above?
For your resolution, HD5850 is just the right choice, and it much better than HD5770. Don't worry about your applications, they will runs just fine on any cards...