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500 dollar budget. 5850 vs gtx 470

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August 15, 2010 5:38:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 3 hours

BUDGET RANGE: 500 USD

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: EVGA 9500 GT, Corsair 750w TX

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3,2 Ghz, 4gb ddr3 corsair memory(running at 1333 mhz), Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4, Socket-AM3, Haf 932, 500gb WS, samsung Dvd drive.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: komplett.dk, use newegg for reference.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark

PARTS PREFERENCES: EVGA, Sapphire, XFX, Zotac, Asus, Gigabyte

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

My system:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3,2 Ghz
Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4, Socket-AM3
4gb ddr3 corsair memory(running at 1333 mhz)
Corsair 750w TX powersupply
Haf 932
500gb WS

NOTICE THAT MY MOTHERBOARD ONLY SUPPORTS XFIRE NOT SLI!

I would like to play most of todays games maxed out at 1920x1080.

What i have considered;
Gtx 470
ATI 5850
2X ATI 5770
2X ATI 5750

Thanks!
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 5:51:47 PM

I'd go for the GTX470-It's faster than the ATI cards for DX11, and usually beats the HD5850 under DX9/10 as well (sob).
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 5:58:34 PM

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2gtx 460 should serve u well.it ouperforms gtx 480 at less than 500 dollars.

He said he can't SLI...
Looking at the prices on that site the GTX 470 is your best option considering it basically is the same price as the HD5850. It will however prevent you from having the option of adding another in the future on that motherboard as a upgrade path. If that is important to you then get the HD5850 instead. I would recommend this one, especially if you plan on overclocking;
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=598966
It is the best HD5850 you can buy and allows for voltage modification of the core for the best overclock(often up to or over 1ghz.)
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August 15, 2010 6:04:31 PM

Since i am buying a new computer around march 2011 xfire or sli does not matter. As long as i can run most games maxed out on 1920x1080 i am happy.
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 6:09:23 PM

Looks like the GTX470 is your card of choice ;) 
August 15, 2010 6:11:29 PM

which brand should i go for? Zotac or EVGA
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 6:19:06 PM

great_dane said:
Since i am buying a new computer around march 2011 xfire or sli does not matter. As long as i can run most games maxed out on 1920x1080 i am happy.

Then get the GTX 470 and when you upgrade grab an SLI motherboard so you have a nice upgrade path should you want it.
Alternately you could get a GTX 460 for now and overclock it. It would probably be your best choice for the money. It is not quite on the level of the GTX 470 but it is much more power efficient and gives off much less heat. The GTX 460 can also OC a ton(about 35%) and when you do it will do very well for your resolution. Then later maybe get another for SLI when you get a new motherboard. SLI scales very well 2 would be very close to the performance of an HD5970 but cost much less.
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 6:31:17 PM

@ Great_dane: Whichever gives the best warranty in your country.
Jyjjy makes a valid point, though: You might want to sacrifice a little performance now (and save a little cash) with a single GTX460 and SLI with the future build.
Of course, you COULD aklways SLI the GTX470 ;) .
August 15, 2010 6:57:02 PM

yes i thought about SLI the GTX470 or xfire 5850 in the future. 3d vision sounds pretty cool so i will prob. go for the gtx 470. Will be ordering in the next hour so i have to decide.
August 15, 2010 7:04:08 PM

but on the other hand if i get 2x 5850 during the next couple of months i prob. dont have to upgrade for some time.
August 15, 2010 7:28:22 PM

thank you for all the help and good advice! I just bought the Asus 5850 DirectCU
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 11:07:55 PM

It's a good card.
Here is a review;
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1273/1/
As they say in the article when you OC the card up around 1ghz it should give you performance in the area of a stock GTX 480.
!