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Buying New Graphics Card

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June 7, 2010 9:14:01 PM

Hey All
I want to upgrade my graphics card from a 9600GT to a current generation board. I originally had my sights set on the 5770, but now I have a 225$ HIS 5830 in the mix as well. Furthermore I've heard recommendations on other threads that I should consider a 5850 as well. I'd prefer to spend between 200-250$ with tax and shipping, unless the 5850 is the undisputed best choice.

I'll be gaming at 1920 x 1080 on the most recent games, and I do plan on overlcocking.

What path should I be taking? If you do recommend a card, could you also indicate a brand, or whether or not different brands matter?

Here's my system

Athlon
II X4 620 @ 3.2GHz, OCZ Gladiator 92mm cooler.
4GB Corsair PC-6400
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H mobo
Asus 9600GT
OCZ 600W ModXStream PSU
Hitachi Desktar 500GB HDD
Case with 3 120mm fans, 1 80mm, so airflow is not an issue right now

Thanks Everyone!

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a c 130 U Graphics card
June 7, 2010 9:21:08 PM

Ahh, so you do plan on overclocking. That's the selling point.

You WILL want an HD5850. Particularly an Asus DirectCU edition, which is $320. This card will outperform the $400 HD5870 when overclocked, and will stay very cool. An HD5770 or HD5830 will struggle on 1920x1080, especially with the more recent games (Metro2033, etc).
a c 1317 U Graphics card
June 7, 2010 9:34:36 PM

HD5850 is worth it over HD5830.
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June 7, 2010 9:51:20 PM

i don't plan on doing tons of overclcoking, and i know the DirectCu has the voltage tweak, but it's unlikely i will use it.

i have my 9600GT OC'd at 733MHz/1850/1065,
up from 650/1600/900
a c 130 U Graphics card
June 7, 2010 9:57:55 PM

Even without voltage adjustments an HD5850 should go to 850core/1100 memory, so have fun!
June 7, 2010 11:59:03 PM

it is the same card. is it definitely worth the money over the 5770 (Sapphire Vapor-X, 175$), and the same HIS cooler on a 5830 (226$).
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