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Advice on Card for Budget Gaming machine: Asus 4850 for $90?

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June 27, 2010 10:48:27 PM

I'm building a budget gaming machine to play WoW and then to watch downloaded movies/TV in HD. The current card I'm considering is:ASUS CuCore Series EAH4850 CUCORE TOP/2DI/1GD3 Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...

Thoughts on this card? Any better suggestion for around $100 or less?

Thanks in advance!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: <$110 - Really, the least expensive card to meet my needs

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, downloaded movies in 720p

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
MSI 760GM-E51 AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor ADX435WFGIBOX
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 12:43:39 AM

No, it's 5770/4870, 4850/5750.
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June 28, 2010 12:49:39 AM

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4850 is a good card today. Comparable to a 5770



That Asus is $110 and 256bit. Is this 5750 better for the same price? I don't know what 128 v. 256bit does for the card...

POWERCOLOR AX5750 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 12:53:31 AM

For the same price I would get the 5750, DX11, and lower heat/power-consumption.
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June 28, 2010 2:08:24 AM

The powercolor has a $20 rebate, so that alone is worth getting them.
Newegg has a fine return policy and customer support, so I wouldn't worry about vendor.
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 2:12:11 AM

Well, if you game a lot most bugs are noticed with-in 30 days, but that's up to OP to decide, save 20 bucks or spend an extra 20 bucks on better customer support after 30 days.
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June 28, 2010 6:22:20 AM

sabot00 said:
For the same price I would get the 5750, DX11, and lower heat/power-consumption.


Do you think its better to get a 256bit card? Does the higher throughput make that much of a difference or is 128bit satisfactory?
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2010 6:36:09 AM

You should get the 4850, preferably the 1GB version.ASUS products are generally good.The card you've chosen is a good one, it is 90$ with rebate and comes overclocked.Getting the 5750 is only justified if you want DX 11, but for your needs it is not important and the 4850 performs slightly better due to its 256 bit bus width.The 4850 is the king at 100$ price point.You should definitely get one.
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June 28, 2010 7:46:29 AM

Overall the HD 4850 is just a tiny bit faster than the HD 5750.

However, the HD 5750 has DX11 (not a big deal to me), and more importantly it's power consumption is less than half of the HD 4850 (44w vs. 110w) under typical gaming conditions.
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June 28, 2010 7:47:09 AM

Tamz_msc said:
You should get the 4850, preferably the 1GB version.ASUS products are generally good.The card you've chosen is a good one, it is 90$ with rebate and comes overclocked.Getting the 5750 is only justified if you want DX 11, but for your needs it is not important and the 4850 performs slightly better due to its 256 bit bus width.The 4850 is the king at 100$ price point.You should definitely get one.



Thanks!
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June 28, 2010 7:50:57 AM

jaguarskx said:
Overall the HD 4850 is just a tiny bit faster than the HD 5750.

However, the HD 5750 has DX11 (not a big deal to me), and more importantly it's power consumption is less than half of the HD 4850 (44w vs. 110w) under typical gaming conditions.


My typical conditions are a little WoW and then just watching movies/tv shows. No other games. Will the extra watts just contribute to a bit more heat? I should have plenty of power with my PSU. Are there other benefits to less power consumption?
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June 28, 2010 8:13:52 AM

WoW is not a game that requires huge amounts of GPU horsepower.For your use, the
4850 is fine in terms of power consumption and heat.The extra 30$ for the 5750 is only justified if you want DirectX 11.Otherwise the 4850 is more than enough for your need.But do get the 1 GB version.
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June 28, 2010 9:19:36 AM

The extra 30$ for the 5750 is only justified if you want DirectX 11.Otherwise the 4850 is more than enough for your need.But do get the 1 GB version.
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The extra 30$ for the 5750 is only justified if you want DirectX 11.Otherwise the 4850 is more than enough for your need.But do get the 1 GB version.


dx11 gaming @ 1080p/1200p with a 5750 would be comparable to an audi R8 with a sub 100bhp engine. in other words, it would suck.

since you're WoW crazy, that 4850 would do you good (but not great)even with a little occasional non-wow games.
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June 28, 2010 1:24:14 PM

Best answer selected by zalick.
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June 28, 2010 1:25:23 PM

Tamz_msc said:
WoW is not a game that requires huge amounts of GPU horsepower.For your use, the
4850 is fine in terms of power consumption and heat.The extra 30$ for the 5750 is only justified if you want DirectX 11.Otherwise the 4850 is more than enough for your need.But do get the 1 GB version.



Thanks again. I'm going with the Asus 4850.

Also, Dark Side is the best album ever!
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June 28, 2010 1:52:37 PM

Tamz_msc said:
the 4850 performs slightly better due to its 256 bit bus width.

This is entirely incorrect. The HD4850 does NOT perform better than the HD5750 and in fact has inferior memory bandwidth. The HD4850 does have a 256 bit bus vs the 128 bit bus of the HD5750 but it also uses DDR3 as opposed to the faster DDR5 of the HD5750. In the end the memory bandwidth of the HD5750 is 73.6 gb/s while the HD4850 is at 63.6 gb/s. In terms of performance the HD5750 is also on average 7-10% faster but it has more to do with their respective processors than anything to do with the memory. On top of this the HD5750 also uses approximately half as much power under load and 1/3rd as much in idle and is DX11 compatible. DX11 doesn't matter for WoW but if you might play any other games it is a nice feature to have. The HD5750 supports 3 monitors and has more advanced audio/video playback features if you are going to be watching movies on an HDTV and/or connecting the card to a receiver for audio.
All of that said the HD4850 may in fact be the better buy depending on how much money you have to spend. It's a judgment call you need to make yourself but you should do so with accurate information about your options.
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July 1, 2010 8:06:35 AM

zalick said:
Thanks again. I'm going with the Asus 4850.

Also, Dark Side is the best album ever!

Thanks for the comment.We are always ready to help.
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