Hi, I had originally a 5850 video card. I traded that for a complete desktop PC + 4GB of DDR3 ram and a 4850 x2.
I was originally going to sell the 4850 x2 for $130 because it wouldn't fit into the case, I've managed to fit it in now by removing the HD cage.
Now my question is, do I sell the 4850 X2 for $130 and buy a 5770 / 4890 / 5830? Or do I stick with the 4850 X2?
What would you guys do? Advantages / Disadvantages of doing the above?
well im idling at 42C with the fan speed on automatic. it goes to like 35C with it on 100% and the highest I've seen while gaming is 52C or so. Is that a good temperature?
I've got a 700W OCZ Modxstreme pro psu that should be fine for a long time with this video card.
Another problem is the video card is probably flexing about 1/4 of an inch upward because I had to take the casing off the video card for it to fit into the case without moving the HD cage. The very bottom of the video card is sitting on the HD cage causing it to flex upward 1/4 an inch. Is that ok?
It probably speeds up on auto when it gets warmer from gaming. if this annoys you, you may be able to mannually set the fan speed in Catalyst Control Center. I found the auto fan speed highly annoying on my 4870, as it would ramp up to 70-80% fan speed during gaming. A non-auto setting of 45% is quieter than my case and CPU fans, and keeps it below 80c on furmark HLH. You may be able to find a similar comprimise if it is of concern.
If the 4850x2 performs well, don't sell it. Anything you might afford below a 5850 would be a downstep, except of course, in DX11 titles. The difference compared to DX10 so far has seemed minimal, and there are many theories as to why, but if DX11 is important for you to have RIGHT NOW, then of course, sell the card.
I think I'm going to stick with it. I'm not really a hard core gamer any way, that's why I sold the 5850. It was just too much for me. a 4850 X2 will play every game I own at 1600x1200 res and I mostly play Tf2 and mass effect 2 any way.
By the way, I sold the Desktop for $450 and the ram for $80. So I got $530 + a 4850 X2 for a 5850 that I paid $240 for. Haha