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Future Proofing - HD 5850 with dual core

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June 3, 2010 4:24:45 AM

I realize there is a post similar to this already in the forum, but it didn't relate exactly to my question.

I'm currently deciding which video card to get for my system.

My build is currently:
Asus 890GX Motherboard
Athlon II 250 (OCed at 3.7Ghz)
4GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Windows 7 32-bit

Due to a budget that is not extremely high, I am running a dual core processor. I play a lot of games, and plan on at least being able to play some of the graphic intensity of Crysis. If I were to get a Radeon HD 5850, would its performance be extremely hindered by my dual core processor, even at its (the processor's) fairly high clock speed? I do (in the future, when I can afford to upgrade) plan on getting a quad core processor eventually, but in the meantime would such a video card still be to my benefit? Advice would be much appreciated, thanks!

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a c 1647 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 4:36:26 AM

You should be fine with 5850 at those clocks.
a c 197 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 9:47:59 AM

Well, if you can afford HD5850 then go on, it would good for a long term.
Make sure you have enough power on your PSU... :) 
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a c 124 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 3:56:07 PM

at 1440x900 you might be CPU bottlenecked, but that isn't necessarily bad. A single 5850 can run Crysis at High with really good FPS or at Very high with about 31 average FPS at 1920x1080 with 4xAA.
Anyway, a 5850 isn't future proof but if you have a mobo to support 8x/8x crossfire then you'll be in good shape. A 2nd 5850 drastically improves it's performance. (from 70-90% better depending on the benchmark)
a c 1647 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 4:19:23 PM

MFray said:
Well my monitor only runs at 1440x900. Will that still be working more off of the GPU than the CPU?
Sorry, I forgot to mention I've got a Corsair 650w power supply, which is good enough for the 5850 as far as I know.

If you are staying with that monitor a HD5770 is plenty and you would not see a big increase with HD5850 it starts shining at 1680x1050 and up.
June 3, 2010 4:28:02 PM

That high clocked dual core will not bottleneck HD 5850 at stock speeds.
June 3, 2010 8:23:35 PM

Well, since I'm going to eventually move up to a quad core anyways, I think i'll still go for the 5850. I'm sure down the road I'll be investing in a nice monitor, and I may even hook it up to my 52" 1080p TV to see what it can do.

Anyway, a 5850 isn't future proof but if you have a mobo to support 8x/8x crossfire then you'll be in good shape.

I do have one with 8x/8x slots, so I think I'll be fine for the future. That was one thing I put into serious consideration when I built this computer.

Thanks everyone!
June 3, 2010 8:41:10 PM

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