i am aiming to upgrade to a new graphics card to play the most recent games on, and i need some help. i know how the 5770, 5830 and 5850 each perform, and i'm pretty sure the 5850 is the card to get for price vs. performance on a 1920 x 1080 monitor. However, money is an issue, and though i could stretch my budget to 300$, i'm not sure i want to unless it's the absolute best choice.
any 5770, like vapor-x, msi hawk or HIS icooler. these are all in my budget range so it doesn't matter.
my system is:
Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.2GHz, OCZ Gladiator 92mm cooler.
4GB Corsair PC-6400
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H mobo
OCZ 600W ModXStream PSU
Hitachi Desktar 500GB HDD
Case with 3 120mm fans, 1 80mm, so airflow is not an issue right now
sorry for the long post.
Thanks in advance everybody!
thank you for the card recommendation. however, i don't think i'd overclock to the point where i'd adjust my voltages though. and the DirectCU will cost me over 400$ with tax and shipping, which is more than i am willing to pay anyways. is the xfx model i listed a good one?
well currently i'm on a 9600gt, so it limits my options at 1920 x 1080 (24"). the most recent games that i can play (on like, medium settings) are dawn of war 2, fallout 3 and mass effect 2. but i want games like stalker, BFBC2, metro 2033 etc. all that jazz
Here's a brief summary:
"Overall, the XFX 5850 did great in testing, overclockability was huge also - without going for the maximum overclock I easily reached 1 GHz on the GPU core, while remaining stable and running under 70C. The memory overclocked very well too, from 1GHz to 1.21GHz. For the price, this card can be overclocked to around 5870 performance, which is a steal considering the price of 5870's."
It's not just this review though, they're just good overclockers.
EDIT: Btw, I know they're testing the reference card in that review, but the egg shaped rev is $279.99 on newegg. (I don't know if it has voltage control.) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So ULTIMATELY, you have the potential of having ~$400 performance for ~$280
Thank you for the advice. So any 5850 model will fill my void and I'll be able to overclock a fair degree, even without voltage control. Is this correct?
They all have different limits in terms of overclocking, I could get my 5850 to 922/1200 (from 725/1000) with stock voltage, which would be about as fast as a stock HD5870, However I think I got lucky, not all HD5850's will do 922 on stock voltage.
I wouldn't recommend the HD5830 and I feel the HD5770 is alittle weak for 1920 x 1080 resolution.