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How to justify a HD 5850?

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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 10:19:38 PM

Heya everyone, I'm about to build a new computer and can't wait. I really really want to upgrade my cpu from a HD5670 to HD5850 but my mum and girlfriend are just saying not to and that its a waste of money as I'm spending £500 on my new computer build and any extra money will come out of my student loan :kaola:  . How can I justify to them to get the card? Will it play the majority of games max settings on a 1440 x 900 monitor? Might be upgrading to a HD one soon though, and how future proof is the card.

To see if I will be able to run games at Max here is the rest of the computer that I'm building.

Phenom 955 x4 3.2Ghz Black edition
Gigabyte UD3H motherboard (8x/8x crossfire ready, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0)
4GB OCZ 1333 Ram ( cant remember exact model and to tired to look)
Antec true power modular 650watt PSU
Antec 900 case

so will I get amazing frame rates on high settings with a 5850 with my current 1440 x 900 monitor? and is future proof?

Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 10:25:05 PM

You already have the 5670? Of will it part of the new build?
You have a lot of high end parts there. You could cut back on some parts and trim enough to move up to a HD 5770.
a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 10:28:55 PM

WR2 said:
You already have the 5670? Of will it part of the new build?
You have a lot of high end parts there. You could cut back on some parts and trim enough to move up to a HD 5770.


I already have the 5670, if It turnes out that I really cant afford the HD 5850 then I will just get another one and crossfire it. I want high end parts opposed to graphics really, thats how I decided to build it.
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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2010 10:41:43 PM

The only option I can think of is to sell the 5670 on Ebay and use what you get, plus some spare change, for a better GPU.

See this HardOCP 5670 review for possible ideas on how to quantify the performance for upgrading to larger monitor. HD 5670 review
May 12, 2010 11:05:34 PM

all your components are great but a 5670 will seriously hold gaming performance back! its a waste building a pc like that, meant for gaming, and then having a poor graphics card. Get a 5850, or even a 5770. the 5850 will give you great performance on max settings at that resolution, as well as at higher resoultions. The 5770 starts to struggle once you go higher than 1920x1080, but its still one of the best value for performance gpu's out there.

how future proof do u want your gpu to be? if you looking at a year, a 5770 should be fine. if longer, then maybe you should go for a 5850. but always remember its better to go for a mid range gpu and upgrade every year for example than to go for something high end and then upgrade every three years or wateva.

some things to think about.
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