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New System Build; Right Graphic Card and Monitor?

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June 20, 2010 3:29:13 AM

About to put together a new system. I have a question about the graphics card and monitor:
I am thinking about getting this ASUS VH236HL-P Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/height & swivel adjustment 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers. I am open to other suggestions though. My current monitor is a 19" Viewsonic, which I have been very pleased with.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236065
The graphic card I am looking at getting is the Gigabyte GV-R4850C 1GH Radeon HD 4850, 1GB 256 bit GDDR3 PCI-E 2.o x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Newegg is now sold out of this card, dangit! Anyway, another poster on the New Build forum made the comment that the HD 4850 isn't the card I should get for this monitor, basically saying that if I was going to get a monitor that is full HD capable, then I should get "way more card than the HD 4850". He recommended a 5870 minimum. Is this true? I mean, I know that is a better card, but it's not that much higher on the TH heirarchy chart for graphics cards. Will the HD 4850 run this monitor well, or will I be missing something? Thank you for any assistance with this!

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June 20, 2010 3:39:28 AM

IMO if your into gaming, on that rez monitor a low end card would be a HD 5770, then next up HD 5850 the HD 5850 will be a sweet spot for that rez now if you want 30% more GPU power for 100 bucks more go with the HD 5870. ( IMO ) the HD 5850 will work well for 95% of the games some like Crysis AVP you might need to play @ high setting with 2XAA vs very high setting and 4XAA.
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June 20, 2010 3:53:03 AM

This system will be used primarily for photo editing using CS4 and Lightroom, and secondarily for light to moderate gaming. (CoD, older Halo, Ghost Recon). Will I benefit from moving up to the 5770 or 5850?
Thank you for the reply, niklas_13!!
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June 20, 2010 4:35:59 AM

You really dont need much for your editing needs but for light gaming on 1920x1080 i would go with the HD 5770 they can be hade for 150
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June 30, 2010 1:41:08 PM

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