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Buying a 5850

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June 1, 2010 4:43:27 PM

I'm building a i7-930 gaming pc, and I already have all of the parts except the gpu.
I'm going to buy a 5850, and then another for crossfire later, when the prices are lower
My case is the COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and my mobo is the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be overclocking my graphics cards.
Would this card be a good choice?
SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or does the non-reference design make it a poor overclocker?

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June 1, 2010 8:41:02 PM

The non-reference design doesn't necessarily make it a bad OCer, but many of them (this one) lack the voltage tweaking ability, so the OC is limited. It's all relative, and a matter of what you're shooting for. If you want max OCs, then it's a bad choice.
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June 2, 2010 11:40:00 PM

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