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Is a 5850 overkill?

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August 11, 2010 7:19:26 PM

hi guys just wanting to know if a 5850 is overkill for 1920x1080 resolution?

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August 11, 2010 7:20:58 PM

Nope. I mean, the real answer is...what's your cpu? Sometimes the cpu throttles the graphics card.
August 11, 2010 7:24:43 PM

Also what games do you play. If you're buying a new card for Starcraft 2 then yea it's overkill.
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August 11, 2010 7:26:57 PM

i have an i5 760, p55a ud4p motherboard, 585 watt psu and 4gb of ram, im going to be playing games like bfbc 2 and modern warfare2 and so on
August 11, 2010 7:28:51 PM

would i see much of a performance decrease if i get a gtx 460 1gb?
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August 11, 2010 7:33:31 PM

gordon_81 said:
i have an i5 760, p55a ud4p motherboard, 585 watt psu and 4gb of ram, im going to be playing games like bfbc 2 and modern warfare2 and so on

Overkill? For Modern Warfare 2, WAY overkill. For Bad Company 2, no way. That game scales very well and will use what you throw at it and you will see it look better and better. Granted after a certain point it doesn't much matter. But also may I add, once you play Bad Company why would you play Modern Warfare? hehe.

gordon_81 said:
would i see much of a performance decrease if i get a gtx 460 1gb?

The GTX 460 is an awesome card at it's price point. It will run any game you throw at it pretty well. It doesn't trail the 5850 by all that much. Both the GTX 460 and 5850 are VERY overclockable as well.

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August 11, 2010 7:38:06 PM

I may also add that Bad Company 2 also does very well with an upgraded sound card. Just something to throw your way. I have a Creative Labs XtremeGamer X-Fi card the is a few years old and I was playing at my buddies house with his onboard and it sounds quite different. Just more food for through.

I say go for the 5850 if that is what you are gunning for. You can get them to 5870 clocks easy, even just through the ATI Cataylst Contol Center, but I prefer the MSI Afterburner utility. I like the OSD to watch temps and FPS in game. The fan control is really nice to for a few extra turns of the blades.
August 11, 2010 7:39:00 PM

lol i just play modern warfare 2 when we have LANs, but do you think i should stick with a 5850 over the gtx 460? and by the way i wanted to get a cheap nvidia card that i could use as a dedicated physx card, is it worth it?
August 11, 2010 7:45:26 PM

ok so i should get the 5850? and is this screen any good? SAMSUNG® P2370H LCD - 23" Wide, 16:9 HD Format, 1920x1080, 2ms Response, 70000:1 Contrast Ratio, 300cd/m² Brightness - D-SUB, DVI, HDMI

thanks for the input guys :) 
August 11, 2010 7:46:21 PM

Get a cheap nvidia just for phsyx and if it isn't as fast as your main PCIe card, it will actually throttle it and decrease your fps. I remember seeing a thread on here about it. Regardless, some dude saw a decrease after using a crappy physx card.
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August 11, 2010 8:29:19 PM

gordon_81 said:
lol i just play modern warfare 2 when we have LANs, but do you think i should stick with a 5850 over the gtx 460? and by the way i wanted to get a cheap nvidia card that i could use as a dedicated physx card, is it worth it?

There are "ways" to get an nvidia card to work with an ATI and run as dedicated physx. To me it is FAR to much hassle. Unless you are playing Batman: Arkham Asylum you will never see a benefit. Actually it hinders more than it helps.
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August 11, 2010 8:29:44 PM

gordon_81 said:
ok so i should get the 5850? and is this screen any good? SAMSUNG® P2370H LCD - 23" Wide, 16:9 HD Format, 1920x1080, 2ms Response, 70000:1 Contrast Ratio, 300cd/m² Brightness - D-SUB, DVI, HDMI

thanks for the input guys :) 


Sounds good. Samsung makes good stuff. and 2ms is good for games.
August 12, 2010 9:49:48 PM

gordon_81 said:
ok so i should get the 5850? and is this screen any good? SAMSUNG® P2370H LCD - 23" Wide, 16:9 HD Format, 1920x1080, 2ms Response, 70000:1 Contrast Ratio, 300cd/m² Brightness - D-SUB, DVI, HDMI

thanks for the input guys :) 


I'd say go for the monitor. I have the 22" version and it's great for gaming. Also 1920x1080.
August 12, 2010 11:05:17 PM

cowgod2007 said:
Get a cheap nvidia just for phsyx and if it isn't as fast as your main PCIe card, it will actually throttle it and decrease your fps. I remember seeing a thread on here about it. Regardless, some dude saw a decrease after using a crappy physx card.


I would only get a PhysX card if I had multiple games that would utilize it. I don't think BFBC2 and MW2 uses PhysX, and so few games use it nowadays that it's just kinda pointless. If you're still looking to buy a PhysX card though, listen to cowgod ;) 
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August 13, 2010 12:55:40 AM

angel0fmars said:
I would only get a PhysX card if I had multiple games that would utilize it. I don't think BFBC2 and MW2 uses PhysX, and so few games use it nowadays that it's just kinda pointless. If you're still looking to buy a PhysX card though, listen to cowgod ;) 

They do not. Physics is in most modern games but PhysX is a specific type. BC2 has alot of Physics which is done at the CPU level. That is why it will fully consume a dual core, but a quad core it runs much nicer.
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