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April 22, 2010 1:25:33 AM

Hey everyone, i wanted to see if someone could help me out so i can decide a good GPU, below i leave the information. (took this from restament3dofted 's post, great job dude XD)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: 380 - 500 dollars
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, most importantly borderlands, metro 2033, s.t.a.l.k.e.r series, battlefield bad company 2

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Sentey nvidia geforce 9600gt and Sentey 600w (GPU currently not working, thats why im changing it)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS P5SD2-VM mobo, 2gb kingston desktop memory

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Argentina

PARTS PREFERENCES: thinking of buying sapphire or XFX

OVERCLOCKING: No (not sure how i can do it) / SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (not enough budget for 2)

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i also wanted to know why does nvidia's gtx 295 cost the almost the same as sapphire's hd 5870 toxic, if they have very different bandwidth.

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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 1:47:24 AM

Nvidia GTX 295 are coming to the end of their life cycle so high demand + low supply = an inflated price. Nvidia and ATI design their video cards differently so using bandwidth as meter is not an effective tool for judging performance.

The ATI 5850 will give you excellent 1920x1080 performance.

* I would get a 2.0 ATI card and avoid the 2.1. The 2.1 sometimes have issues with older motherboards that have a PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 2:15:19 AM

Sheesh...could grab 2x HD5850 and CF them ($100 over budget), which would give very nice performance, capable of maxing everything at your resolution. An OC'd HD5870 Toxic would do very nicely as well.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 2:19:14 AM

shadow187 said:
Sheesh...could grab 2x HD5850 and CF them ($100 over budget), which would give very nice performance, capable of maxing everything at your resolution. An OC'd HD5870 Toxic would do very nicely as well.


its an older motherboard, 2GB of RAM, and most likely a CPU that is getting long in tooth. I would save my money for those upgrades before I got a second 5850.
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April 22, 2010 2:25:03 AM

You guys think my mobo wont support that graphic card? i'm actually not thinking on having crossfire y really think its unnecessary. Besides im going to change the ram and the mobo after i buy the graphic card
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 2:35:47 AM

your motherboard will support an ATI 5850 2.0

what CPU do you currently have?
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April 22, 2010 2:39:11 AM

i have a core 2 duo e7300
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 2:39:51 AM

i would not spend money on another 775 socket motherboard unless your current one no longer works
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April 22, 2010 2:42:45 AM

yeah but if it doesnt support the latest gpu's whats the point on keeping the one i have? i cant even buy a 6gb desktop memory
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 2:47:37 AM

1. your mobo does support it
2. the latest intel sockets are 1156 & 1366, for AMD its AM3. 1156 and 1366 will not support your CPU. So I would save up and purchase a new CPU, Mobo, and RAM for one of the three socket types above.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 10:07:29 AM

RedMonarch, the only reason you should upgrade is if you're going to 1156 or 1366. You could upgrade to an E8500 and OC that to ~3.6ghz for beastly performance, but otherwise, stick to what you have.
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April 22, 2010 7:22:00 PM

Buy a 5870, another 2gigs of memory and a good aftermarket cooler. I've got my e5300 running at 3.8ghz on air with excelent temps. The 37300 is higher-end so should easily clock at 3.5-3.6 ghz
with a core2duo at 3.6ghz
4 gigs of memory
and a 5870
your pretty much set.

Total cost shold be arround 500 and IMO its going to give you the best boost in games for that amount of money.
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