Upgrading from HD 4850

The time has come to upgrade my graphics card so I am looking for something around the £200 - £300, closer to the lower end of my budget the better. I use my computer primarily for gaming, crysis, bad company 2 etc.

I am debating whether to go for a single 5850, most likely the sapphire Toxic 1gb or two HD 5770s in crossfire or just spend the whole budget on a 5870

I am leaning towards the 5850 I have linked to atm, one of the reasons being I don't think my 550w psu will cope with two 5770s?

I have never bought componants from amazon before but that is the cheapest I have found that particular card so far. I would normaly buy from ebuyer or scan.

My current specs are:

Intel Q6600 2.4GHz
4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800MHz
VX550W Corsair PSU
Asus P5Q Pro motherboard
Windows 7 64bit
Monitor Res: 1920 x 1080

Cheers.
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  1. The 5770s in SLI will be close to the HD5850, but will never outperform it.

    The 5850 will be a decent choice, but if you have the budget for a HD5870 i will always say ,go for it.

    as rocky41 said is also quite true, the gtx 460 is also a good choice, but it consumes more power than a 5850.

    You can also go for a GTX 460 now and maybe in future you can get a decent PSU and another one for SLI.

    the choice is yours....but if I were you, I would go for the 5870 rather :)
  2. hmmm...an hd 5870 will be good on that 550 watt psu and will be good for your...
    but i were you i will rather get an gtx 460 and overclock it and it will perform better than an hd 5870..
    and by the way if your budget is £200 - £300 then hd 5860 will be good for you but if it's $ then hd 5870 is out of your reach.
  3. no way a oc'ed gtx 460 can outperform a hd 5870. It can get close to it at the most. and even his PSU is quite tight , and OC,ing a power hungry GTX 460 will be a way bad idea.
  4. rocky41 said:
    ... if your budget is £200 - £300 then hd 5860 will be good for you but if it's $ then hd 5870 is out of your reach.


    Its £.

    I have thought about the 460 and if my budget was tighter I would probably go for it.
  5. In a few benchmarks it is better than hd 5870 but mostly it will be equal or a little lower than hd 5870...but gtx 460 is mine choice and it will be ideal if there is an possible psu upgrade it will help connecting 2 gtx 460 in sli later and will be a greater boost...
  6. Then go with the 2 gtx 460 after the psu upgrade it will be just great...and also going with the £200 - £300 card will be sure a cpu bottleneck for you.
  7. rocky41 said:
    Then go with the 2 gtx 460 after the psu upgrade it will be just great...and also going with the £200 - £300 card will be sure a cpu bottleneck for you.



    +1 to that.

    Get 2xGTX460 1GB and OC your CPU and you'll have no problems.
  8. Ye, just go for a SLI.
  9. My motherboard only supports crossfire not sli.
  10. With that budget and no SLI your two options should be either the HD5850 or GTX 470. I would probably go for the GTX 470 as it is a better card and the price difference is so close.
    If you do go for the HD5850 I recommend the Asus DirectCU card if you are going to overclock(you should.) Most of the custom HD5850s(like the Vapor-X) have dropped voltage control which will limit you to an OC in the 850-900mhz rather than the 1ghz+ the card can usually a achieve.
  11. Actually this looks like a very good deal;
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-148-XF&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=411
    £205, reference design so it will allow for a high OC and comes with two games. One of them is even good.
  12. Go with the 5850 toxic, as long as it fits in your case :D. Your PSU will handle it just fine. Yes two 5770s would generally be faster than a single 5850 but it gives you room to add another 5850 latter when you need it where as if you went with two 5770s next time you need a GPU boost you would replace both of them :D.

    I would also recommend overclocking your CPU to at least 3.0Ghz. With a 5850 you may find that at stock speeds your CPU may be your limiting factor, depending on your settings.
  13. I would just like to add that the cheapest upgrade for you would just be to add another 4850 to run in crossfire :o. If I already had a 4850 that's what I would do.
  14. I didn't read the whole thread, but I have a 5770, and I am basically maxed out (except for AA and AS?[not sure if that is the correct name of the one in there... lol] they are at 6x out of the next setting 16x) no lag except for explosions in my face... lol. You only need a 5830 or so to run well... (not sure on crysis, nerver played it...)
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