Ehm, make things clear, will you?
Sapphire 5850 or Sapphire 5870?
If you found HD5870 as cheap as HD5850 then grab it...
So here is the story. Today i went shopping to my local computer market for a gfx card for my new build. I found a Sapphire HD 5850 and Gigabyte HD 5870 both almost at same price(well almost because the 5870 model is actually $15 less!!!). The Sapphire 5850 comes with a price tag of TK.23000($329) where as the Gigabyte 5870 is for TK.22000($314)!!!
Let me tell you one more thing,for my country this is very unusual. Because every hardware you guys buy back in USA costs $20-$40 more down here. I just checked newegg and the gigabyte model is selling for $399 where as here it is $314!!!
The local store is providing me with full two years warranty and it is a reputable store. Because of its price i am being so suspicious.
Some of my friends tell me that gigabyte is not as good as sapphire and xfx in term of performance.
I have also read some newegg user reviews. Some says there may be A bios problem in all the models manufactured last year.
Guyz...this is my hard-earned money and i dont want to ruin it. So i need your help more than ever. I am not confident in my abilities. So i want you guyz to check these models throuthly for me and tell me which one should i buy.I would really appreciate it. N i wont OC it>
A 5870 is better than a 5850, no matter what brand, Gigabyte is also a pretty decent manufacturer.
Also, where did you read about the BIOS problem on newegg? Some early 5870s could have a GSOD problem using old drivers and only a few still has problems with the newst drivers installed. You could always return it using the warranty.
Get the 5870, better performance and cheaper. I dont see a reason not to.
But PSU and monitor info would be greatly appreciated. We wouldn't want a 350W running 1280*1024 for a HD5870.
My native resolution is going to be 1280*1024 or 1600*900(18.5' or 20"). I am not sure of the PSU model. It is from thermaltech, 550 watt, 2 6-pin 75watt pcie conector.
I also will be using i5 750, asus p7p55d, 2 gb 1333mhz DDR3 ram(Dont ask me about the brand and model, I dont know!!)