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Where to buy Radeon 5850?

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May 20, 2010 5:08:29 AM

Hello,

Was wondering if theres any good sources out there other than Newegg to look for graphic cards.

I'm building a gaming PC and I'm looking to get a Radeon 5850. The cheaper the better, however I would prefer getting from a reliable manufacturer.

I was looking at the following.

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DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

# Chipset Manufacturer: ATI
# Core Clock: 725MHz
# Stream Processors: 1440 Stream Processing Units
# Effective Memory Clock: 1000MHz (4.0Gbps)
$300.00

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


Though I don't know much about the company. It got some great reviews (2nd most reviewed) and it is affordable (3rd cheapest).

There is another I was interested in Sapphire whom I always thought to be one of the better graphic card companies.

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SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

# Chipset Manufacturer: ATI
# Core Clock: 765MHz
# Stream Processors: 1440 Stream Processing Units
# Effective Memory Clock: 4500MHz

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


Do you think the Sapphire is worth the extra money? 40mhz higher clock speed and the effective memory clock is very different.

Is there any other good sources where I could get a good deal on a card?

Thanks guys

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a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2010 5:23:31 AM

Tigerdirect.com is a good place, Microcenter is too.
May 20, 2010 5:28:58 AM

loneninja said:
Tigerdirect.com is a good place, Microcenter is too.


I got a MicroCenter about 50 minutes away. Thats where I'm getting my i7-930

I'll have to check their site.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 20, 2010 5:29:05 AM

I would prefer Sapphire than Diamond...
just like loneninja said,you can try Tigerdirect.com... :) 
May 20, 2010 5:37:28 AM

Seems like zipzoomfly is a bit cheaper on the graphic cards.

They have

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB GDDR5 $304.99

and

SAPPHIRE 100282-2SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 $319.99

Not sure which is better.

Or is the TOXIC ver worth the extra $?
May 20, 2010 6:04:16 AM

Try to buy it from an online source that is not in your state to skip paying taxes. Tax on a $300 item can really raise your budget.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 20, 2010 6:15:59 AM

tuesday0180 said:
Try to buy it from an online source that is not in your state to skip paying taxes. Tax on a $300 item can really raise your budget.

^good advice
a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2010 7:53:23 AM

Tigerdirect has 5850s for $290ish after bing cash back.
May 20, 2010 11:59:48 AM

jyjjy said:
This is the best HD5850 around at the moment;
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
It has a very effective and quiet cooler and allows you to modify the core voltage for speeds over 1ghz and higher which is a huge overclock. Here is a review;
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1273/1/


This model is amazing if you're looking to overclock. If you're hesitant to try it out, do some research and see what others are saying about it. I have yet to find a review that didn't claim the ability to clock it past 950 core clock and close to or even 1200 memory clock.

I wish that review said how much power it was drawing when OC'd. It sounds like it scaled with performance, judging by what was said in the closing remarks, but there wasn't enough info there to be sure.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 20, 2010 1:20:58 PM

Slayer697 said:
I wish that review said how much power it was drawing when OC'd.
I forget where but remember a review that said the HD5850 draws 50-60w more under load when OCed over 1ghz with the voltage pumped up.
May 20, 2010 2:03:15 PM

jyjjy said:
I forget where but remember a review that said the HD5850 draws 50-60w more under load when OCed over 1ghz with the voltage pumped up.


I mean, I wish there was a chart that showed it all. He actually does say 50-60w in the closing remarks. Not bad at all, I'm not too concerned with OCing my ASUS DirectCU 5850 anymore.
May 20, 2010 5:54:30 PM

jyjjy said:
This is the best HD5850 around at the moment;
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
It has a very effective and quiet cooler and allows you to modify the core voltage for speeds over 1ghz and higher which is a huge overclock. Here is a review;
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1273/1/


I may just go ahead and get that. Its $10.00 cheaper than the Sapphire 5850 Toxic. Would you say its a better card?

I like Asus very much. I usually use them for motherboards.
May 20, 2010 6:01:56 PM

n1ck3rs0n said:
I may just go ahead and get that. Its $10.00 cheaper than the Sapphire 5850 Toxic. Would you say its a better card?

I like Asus very much. I usually use them for motherboards.


It's definitely got some solid overclock potential. If you want, take a look at some reviews and see what the different sites are saying about the card. I did a massive amount of research before I decided the DirectCU 5850 was the way to go. I found one for $325 at a local shop.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 21, 2010 5:05:04 AM

n1ck3rs0n said:
I may just go ahead and get that. Its $10.00 cheaper than the Sapphire 5850 Toxic. Would you say its a better card?

I like Asus very much. I usually use them for motherboards.

It's better if you are going to OC. The Toxic is a custom PCB that doesn't allow you to raise the voltage on the core. If you aren't going to OC then they are probably about equal.
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