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Upgrading Graphics Card $200-$300: 5770 or 5850

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May 28, 2010 4:48:46 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not in any hurry, but maybe the next couple weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: Not sure exactly, but would like to keep it around $200 to $300 with a new PSU, but if I go with a 5850 the budget will need to increase.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming is the most important factor, nothing else that I will be doing would require more GPU power than I already have.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 with a no name 350W PSU (I know I need to upgrade the PSU).

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i7 860, 8GB PC3-10600 RAM, no special cooling

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None, but I am guessing it will probably be NewEgg.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, but ATI currently seems to be the best.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not, I have never done it before nor do I want to decrease the life of my card.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, my mobo does not support it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23" 2048x1152

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know I don't have the budget to get a card to play games at 2048x1152, but is it a big deal to not play games at native resolution? Basically I am looking for a card that will have lasting power so that I can still play newer games for years to come, but not break the bank doing so. I have been looking at the 5770 but I am getting the feeling that it will leave a lot to be desired unless I play at resolutions below 1920x1200. So I am not sure if I should step up to say a 5850, or wait a while for something new from Nvidia. Is the 5850 that much more superior to the 5770 that it is worth the extra cost? or should I maybe go with a 5770 for now and upgrade again in a couple years?


Here are a couple things I have been looking at:
5770
Powercolor 5770 $145.99 + Corsair 650W PSU $59.99 = $205.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


5850
Current combo Deal: XFX 5850 + Thermaltake TR2 600W PSU $314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also:
HIS 5850 $289.99 + Corsair 650W PSU $59.99 = $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR with OCZ 550W PSU $44.99 = $334.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 29, 2010 11:22:58 AM

For a long term, i would say HD5850...
That combo is nice, personally i will choose the second option, the one with HIS card + Corsair... :) 
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May 29, 2010 6:01:17 PM

Is it a big deal that the Thermaltake PSU in the combo deal is not modular? I don't know a whole lot about PSU's.

Also, would I be able to run the 5850 without needing any additional cooling? I just have one fan on the back of my case and on the processor.
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May 29, 2010 6:23:48 PM

fosho said:
Is it a big deal that the Thermaltake PSU in the combo deal is not modular? I don't know a whole lot about PSU's.

Also, would I be able to run the 5850 without needing any additional cooling? I just have one fan on the back of my case and on the processor.


The Corsair 650TX isn't a modular power supply either, so that's really a moot point in these comparisons. A modular power supply will just help keep things tidier in your case if airflow is an issue. The 5850 should be cooled fine with the cooler it comes with, but good case fans will always keep your whole system cooler. Since you're not going to be overclocking, I don't think you should have anything to worry about.

As for which GPU to get, for your resolution, the 5850 is really your best bet. The 5770 might be pushing it with your native resolution and even at 1920x1080 it won't be playing every game on high settings. The 5850 will offer overall better performance for your choice resolution, while remaining powerful for a longer period of time.

Now if you're willing to play your games at lower settings, then I say go with the 5770 as it offers some o the best value per dollar of any GPU out there. If you're not willing to compromise on quality, then definitely go with the 5850.
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May 30, 2010 5:36:24 AM

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