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GTX 460 768MB vs Radeon 5830 1GB

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October 10, 2010 8:08:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October 2010
BUDGET RANGE: USD $170

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty, Civilization 5, Starcraft 2, WoW

CURRENT GPU: ATI Radeon 4870 512 MB
POWER SUPPLY: Coolmax Green Power 950W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Intel i7 920 @ 2.8Ghz
MSI X58 Pro mobo
DDR3 6GB 1066 RAM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: prefer cards with longer warranty

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

sample selections:
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Radeon 5830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I read that the GTX 460 768MB outperforms the 5830 on most games at regular settings, but lags behind at max settings at high resolutions. My question is that for gaming at 1920 x 1080, would the GTX 460 768MB be better or the Radeon 5830 1GB? Please disregard features like eyefinity and bitstreaming.
I know the GTX 460 1GB is preferred, but right now all of them are over $200 which is out of my budget range.

So please recommend if I should go for either of the cards or if I should sit tight on my 4870 and just wait for the next generation of cards.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 10, 2010 8:55:23 PM

The GTX 460 768mb is on average better than the HD5830 regardless of resolution and settings. If you already have an HD4870 then I would wait until you can afford a more worthwhile upgrade. The HD6000 cards should be out soon. Even if they are above your budget they may push the prices of the HD5850 down into your range.
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October 10, 2010 11:12:53 PM

Thanks for the reply. I actually found a GTX 460 1GB for USD $177, so I'm going to go with that instead. I checked the prices on 5850, and even with a $20 - $30 price drop it's still more expensive than the $177 GTX 460. I'm not a super hardcore gamer so I don't need the performance from the 5850. The GTX 460 1GB will do just fine for me now.
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October 10, 2010 11:17:42 PM

Could u post the link to where you found this card?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 11, 2010 2:13:07 AM

Download MSI Afterburner and do some overclocking on that card when you get it. At stock it is about 30-35% faster than your HD4870 but it also overclocks very easily and well, usually over 30% above the reference speed.
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October 11, 2010 4:04:40 AM

The card is factory overclocked, but I will look into overclocking it.
I got the card from newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

enter EMCYTZT182 (I think the code might've expired.) But check logicbuy, they often refresh and update the coupons and promo codes, so you should see a new one out shortly. It will cost you $197, and then you get the rebate card for $20, so that brings ti down to $177.
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October 11, 2010 4:05:15 AM

Best answer selected by tearsana.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 11, 2010 4:38:14 AM

tearsana said:
The card is factory overclocked, but I will look into overclocking it.

Yeah, it's got a factory OC but a very small one(6%.) These cards can often get up around 900mhz.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
October 11, 2010 10:19:42 AM

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