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5770 vs 5830 vs 5850 revised

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June 10, 2010 11:30:50 PM

Hey all

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.

i plan for a mild overclock

i live in Canada, so my options are:

XFX 5850 card (345$ total)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product

HIS 5830 (268$)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product

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
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

sorry for the long post.
Thanks in advance everybody!
Cheers

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a c 130 U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 11:50:12 PM

Especially since you're going for an overclock, get an HD5850. It's one of the best cards for your money, and it can overclock to $460 levels, from $300. An ASUS DirectCU edition is advised.
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 11:54:34 PM

^+1 Yeah 5850 for sure if you're willing to spend the money.
What games do you play?

EDIT: I think your links are broke.. If it were me, and I wasn't increasing voltage, I'd just get the cheapest one out of the brands you like.
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June 10, 2010 11:55:59 PM

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?
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June 10, 2010 11:58:02 PM

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
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 12:05:48 AM

Well it sounds like you'd use it. Metro 2033 is ****ing beautiful(ly frightening).
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a c 130 U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 12:05:54 AM

Raising voltages isn't that dangerous of a task, but if it is out of your limit, oh well.

As red said, if that card is out, then just get the cheapest HD5850, or look on eBay. You won't be disappointed.
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June 11, 2010 3:43:42 AM

I'd feel comfortable raising voltages, but it will gain me what, a max of 7% increase over what I have and for an extra 50$ I don't feel that it's worth it. I'm stretching the budget for a 5850 as is
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 5:37:37 AM

Whats $50?

Here's a review on overclocking the card:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx5850/

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
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June 11, 2010 12:47:03 PM

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?
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a c 125 U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 12:58:29 PM

reignsupreme11 said:
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.
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June 11, 2010 1:05:54 PM

Thank you Very much everybody. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 5:55:18 PM

Good luck, Have fun, Kick A**!
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