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September 24, 2010 12:07:02 AM

Hi I've been debating this for awhile, And I m wondering what card to get the hd 5850 or gtx 460 or should I just spring for the 5870?

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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 12:37:43 AM

Well, from those 3 cards, HD5870 is the fastest card.
But you can buy DIrectCU version of HD5850 and OC it to match HD5870 speed.

It also depends on the rest of your system, if your mobo support SLI/CF then going to dual GTX460 is great. Just make sure you have enough power on PSU. :) 
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September 24, 2010 1:00:50 AM

wa1 said:
Well, from those 3 cards, HD5870 is the fastest card.
But you can buy DIrectCU version of HD5850 and OC it to match HD5870 speed.

It also depends on the rest of your system, if your mobo support SLI/CF then going to dual GTX460 is great. Just make sure you have enough power on PSU. :) 

I need to upgrade my psu and MOBO for sli/cross fire. Which card will give me the best bang for my buck? I Dont want to spend to much. I would like to play most games on high settings. ^^
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 1:04:50 AM

The best bang for your buck are HD5670, GTX460 and HD5850.
FOr a single card, you'll be fine with HD5850, it can play most of games with high setting...

Can you tell us your FULL specs?
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September 24, 2010 1:09:07 AM

wa1 said:
The best bang for your buck are HD5670, GTX460 and HD5850.
FOr a single card, you'll be fine with HD5850, it can play most of games with high setting...

Can you tell us your FULL specs?

Amd athlon II x4 @ 2.9 ghz 6 gb ram amd 785g mobo. And im currently looking at these cards let me know what you think
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I would like to be able to run games like metro 2033 just cause 2 Avp crysis Stalker series ^^
EDIT: i currently have a 250 watt psu im going to upgrade to 750 probably is that enough for sli/crossfire?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 1:27:46 AM

How about stay with your current setup and buy new PSU + single card only?
Get 750W PSU (Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ, SIlverStone) and HD5850 (if you want to CF later) or GTX470 (if you want to SLI later).
So you can take out those new PSU and card when you build your next gaming PC.
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September 24, 2010 1:32:46 AM

wa1 said:
How about stay with your current setup and buy new PSU + single card only?
Get 750W PSU (Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ, SIlverStone) and HD5850 (if you want to CF later) or GTX470 (if you want to SLI later).
So you can take out those new PSU and card when you build your next gaming PC.

I was planning on buying the single card at the moment then sli/cross fire end of next year or late next year.
I've heard the gtx 470 runs hot do you know how true that is? Because in sli the top card would heat up reaaally fast wouldnt it?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 2:04:48 AM

Yes, usually the top card is hotter than the 2nd card below...
Well, i guess that doesn't matter if you have good airflow inside your case and the room temps aren't high.
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September 24, 2010 2:10:00 AM

wa1 said:
Yes, usually the top card is hotter than the 2nd card below...
Well, i guess that doesn't matter if you have good airflow inside your case and the room temps aren't high.

I have a coolermaster HAF 932 full tower so I dont think air flow should be a problem. So you think I should go with the gtx 470s or hd 5850?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 2:16:02 AM

Surely GTX470 is faster than HD5850, dual GTX470 are GREAT, since SLI is scaled better than CF.
So, get a single GTX470 and good PSU (850W recommended) for now and you can add another GTX470 when you buy a new board and cpu later... :) 
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September 24, 2010 2:23:10 AM

wa1 said:
Surely GTX470 is faster than HD5850, dual GTX470 are GREAT, since SLI is scaled better than CF.
So, get a single GTX470 and good PSU (850W recommended) for now and you can add another GTX470 when you buy a new board and cpu later... :) 

Do you think il need to add any fans? thanks for all the help ^^
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 2:35:13 AM

Well, you can buy another fans if you think the card temps aren't cool enough, don't worry about that...
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September 24, 2010 2:44:15 AM

wa1 said:
Well, you can buy another fans if you think the card temps aren't cool enough, don't worry about that...

which company would you recommend for gtx 470's evga etc
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September 24, 2010 7:28:26 PM

any one else have an opinion?
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a b U Graphics card
September 24, 2010 8:37:32 PM

Everything wa1 has said here is pretty much spot on. I'm not sure if I'd invest in 470's in SLi myself (I'd probably end up with dual 5850's or dual 460's), but they sure kick some ass.

Yeah and the cards do run hot, but they're designed for the heat so you'll be OK. Your case has good air flow too, so you'll be fine.

EVGA is the brand I prefer if ever given a choice amongst motherboards and GPU's.
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