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Core2 duo and ati 5830

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October 18, 2010 4:27:21 AM

Hi im wondering if i will end up with a bottleneck if i put the 5830 with my 3.16ghz core2 duo. if i do, i may just go with a slightly lower end card but i would like to have eyefinity for my 3 1280x1024 monitors. I play games like badco2 and the new meddle of honor if that helps give you an idea of what i want in performance. thanks in advance :) 

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October 18, 2010 4:45:01 AM

i think you should get at least a 5850 for that resolution in eyefinity, if not something more powerful. 5830 is too slow for that res with 3 x monitors. Dont worry about your CPU too much, it should be fine.
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October 18, 2010 5:06:07 AM

thanks how much difference is it between the cards i can get a 5830 for 150 but the 5850is like $100 more
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October 18, 2010 5:12:31 AM

1. You'll be fine with Core 2 Duo at 3.16GHz, don't worry about that.
2. Agree with iam2thecrowe, get at least HD5850 if you want eyefinity 3 monitors. Yes, i know your resolution is just 1280x1024, but running 3 monitors isn't an easy task.
3. Could you tell us your FULL specs? CPU-RAM-Mobo-PSU-OS?
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October 18, 2010 6:43:59 AM

full spec: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 4gb ddr2 ram, mobo i have no idea it is the stock atx one that comes with a lenovo m57, psu is a Ultra 650w, and im on win 7 32bit (i know its 32bit with 4gb ram...). my gpu right now is a gts250 (i just really want eyefinity)
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October 18, 2010 7:19:41 AM

Your current specs are good enough, but can't you save a little bit? HD5850 is more wise budget-performance card and better than HD5830...
If you really can't save more money then go with HD5830 just like your plan before, but for future HD5830 isn't going last long, especially if you are running 3 monitors on eyefinity mode...
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October 18, 2010 2:10:24 PM

thanks for the info i will probably get the 5850 now that i have a bunch of opinions... i will be getting some money from selling my gts250. one last question is the 5850 still 11.5in like the 5830 because that is the largest card i can fit in my case.
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October 18, 2010 2:25:41 PM

also make sure you have enough power on PSU...
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October 18, 2010 3:34:42 PM

ok thanks ya i think a 650w psu will work
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October 18, 2010 3:37:25 PM

Yes, 650W PSU should enough to run HD5850.
may i know what exactly is your PSU? brand? model?
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October 18, 2010 4:30:16 PM

Many 5830's used the 5870 pcb, the 5850 is 1/2 shorter.
There are exceptions. XfX used a smaller pcb for their 5830.
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October 18, 2010 7:05:04 PM

Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply is what i have and thanks notty22 for clarifying
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October 19, 2010 2:51:12 PM

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I'd rather go with a nVidia upgrade then move to ATi.

I would agree except for the fact that i would really like to get 3 screens running. my gts250 already runs all my game at high settings at around 35fps so the only reason i want to upgrade it to tryout eyefinity
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October 19, 2010 2:53:57 PM

but then again nvidia does have "surround" or what ever its called

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however i would need to have 2 cards in sli to do that and i only have one PCIe card slot so never mind :ange: 
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October 23, 2010 1:53:50 AM

or i might get a 6870... i see one on newegg for about $200
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October 30, 2010 12:40:34 AM

just got a 6870 and a i5 quad 2.8... that should do it :)  thanks for the help guys
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