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April 25, 2010 6:03:43 PM

hi, im looking for a good graphics card and i found these 2 that i want to get

which one would be better?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i am leaning towards the xfx because it costs less, and i would get that 1 instead of the diamond if its almost the same card just a difference in the gddr3 and 5

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Radeon-1024MB-GDDR5-Video...

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a c 169 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 6:15:46 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
Well the second card is a 4870 whereas the first on is a 4850 and the difference isn't just GDDR3 and GDDR5,actually 4870 performs about 15-20% better than a 4850

Or as shadow said,5770 is a good alternative
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April 25, 2010 6:17:19 PM

thats only 512 mb though
i want 1gb memory
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a c 169 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 6:19:21 PM

512 vs 1GB doesn't make a huge difference in games and there are lots of important factors than memory such as Stream processors,core/memory clock etc
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April 25, 2010 6:22:01 PM

what would be the best card to get with prices ranging from 100-170
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 6:23:18 PM

for $100 its the ATI 480 or GTS250
for $150-170 its the ATI 5770. Avoid the 5750 unless you can get one for around $110 or a PSU around 350w.
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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 6:48:07 PM

If it has more memory, it has to be better.......
Smiling here, this reminds of the day I was in Frys buying my 8800GTS G92 GPU. This was like a year and a half ago, maybe longer. They had just got a shipment of Palit 8800GT's in with 2 figging gig of memory on them. The BFG 8800GTS 512 OC card was on sale for $169. Yes $169. The Palit 8800GT with 2 gig of memory was $299!!! The store guy keep pushing everyone towards the 8800GT's...."fastest card out, look at memory on this thing! Best card we have on the shelf right now!"
Holy crap I cannot believe how many people passed on buying a BFG 8800 G92 Factory OC card for ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE DOLLARS to pick up an 8800GT with 2 gig of memory for $299. Unreal I tell you, unreal.
By the way, I am still running that 8800GTS and it still games fine for me on my somewhat dated, but dual 19" 1280x1080 Viewsonic VA902b monitors.

But still today, I believe that I would go with the 1 gig card. They are cheap enough, no reason really not to, although I agree with everyone, you really won't notice much difference from 512 meg.
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April 25, 2010 9:46:36 PM

jitpublisher said:
If it has more memory, it has to be better.......
Smiling here, this reminds of the day I was in Frys buying my 8800GTS G92 GPU. This was like a year and a half ago, maybe longer. They had just got a shipment of Palit 8800GT's in with 2 figging gig of memory on them. The BFG 8800GTS 512 OC card was on sale for $169. Yes $169. The Palit 8800GT with 2 gig of memory was $299!!! The store guy keep pushing everyone towards the 8800GT's...."fastest card out, look at memory on this thing! Best card we have on the shelf right now!"
Holy crap I cannot believe how many people passed on buying a BFG 8800 G92 Factory OC card for ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE DOLLARS to pick up an 8800GT with 2 gig of memory for $299. Unreal I tell you, unreal.
By the way, I am still running that 8800GTS and it still games fine for me on my somewhat dated, but dual 19" 1280x1080 Viewsonic VA902b monitors.

But still today, I believe that I would go with the 1 gig card. They are cheap enough, no reason really not to, although I agree with everyone, you really won't notice much difference from 512 meg.


can't believe I actually liked that story :p 
That is basically why people buy macs....
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a c 195 U Graphics card
April 26, 2010 2:39:12 AM

Let it also depend on the games you play. Just for grins, today I tested Sacred 2 with a lowly HD4670 on my 1920x1080 monitor, and got playable frame rates on medium settings. Now, I want better settings than that, but it wasn't a horrible experience. The point is that you may not have to be herded along into buying more than you need. Here's a process you can use:
1. Check some benchmarks on the game(s) you play. Pick the lowest-priced card that will provide acceptable performance at acceptable settings.
2. If you want a little future-resistance, or plan to upgrade to a higher resolution, check the chart here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... and choose a card in the next higher tier (if you can afford it).
3. Make sure your PSU is of sufficient size and quality to handle the card you've chosen. If it isn't, replace it. If in doubt, ask here, or replace it anyway, to avoid the risk of killing your system.
4. Which actual brand you choose can depend on number and type of connectors, cooler (e.g. does it exhaust its heat?), warranty, and personal preference. For example, I will not buy Diamond for reasons too numerous and boring to list.
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May 6, 2010 5:19:09 PM

hey guys, im back with more questions haha

heres my last three choices because im most likely buying a card this week

ok so heres the three cards im looking at:

radeon hd 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

radeon 4870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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the radeon 4890
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here's what my rig is going to be:

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G ATX motherboard 2xPCI-E(x16)/1xPCI-E(x1)/3xPCI/4xDDR3/integrated VGA/SATA2 Raid/Lan(gb)

PHENOM II X4 955 3.2G

KINGSTON 4GB DDR3 1333=(2GB x 2)

1920 x 1080 resolution

on a 700w power supply

im looking to do heavy work on 3D modeling and i also want it to play Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 when it comes out








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May 8, 2010 3:10:00 AM

anyone?
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a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2010 2:54:01 PM

I would get the 5770.
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May 29, 2010 10:39:24 PM

yea the 5770 would be better and it also has dx11, so u can play dirt 2, battlefield bad commpany 2 in all its glory
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