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5850 vs 6850

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January 30, 2011 5:03:09 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this week.
BUDGET RANGE: $220 for a graphics cards and a new PSU(If needed)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Bad company 2, and COD right now), Movies/TV, internet browsing.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvdia 9500GT and Dynes 400 watt PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Asus P5k motherboard
Intel quad core 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache (Q9550)
8GB DDR2


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reputable dealer in the US

OVERCLOCKING: Not right now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

These are the cards that I’m looking at right now. I'm open to any suggestions for other cards aswell if they fit my budget with a new PSU if needed
Radeon 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-...
Radeon 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More about : 5850 6850

a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2011 6:03:11 AM

Performance wise, they aren't much different. The 6850's are more power efficient and run cooler. Your 400W PSU may be too weak, as the 6850 calls for a 450W. Personally, I'd go for the Asus 6850, try it with your current PSU, keeping in mind that it may require an upgrade.
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January 30, 2011 6:08:38 AM

With ASUS you get a 1 year longer warranty so you might want to lean towards that.
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January 30, 2011 6:35:37 AM

Go with the 6850 it uses less power has better crossfire scaling and is dirt cheap! I second the notion of getting a better PS i recomend the corsair tx750.
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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2011 8:02:05 PM

OCZ is not always reliable, and for the money I wouldn't bother with them, get this and you could eventually run 2 6850s no problem:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or the antec which is a little cheaper and basically just as good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you just want a psu for a single 6850 this is all you will need:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

overall this is probably your best choice unless you want to spend a little more and go with the higher wattage models if you plan on using it in future builds or expanding your pc components etc..
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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2011 10:35:54 PM

nice are you going to upgrade the psu? personally I'd say its def worth while if you can afford it, and if you can't afford you might want to find a way to stretch your budget a little to make it happen, let me know if you have any other questions pertaining to your new setup
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January 31, 2011 11:12:49 PM

jjb8675309 said:
nice are you going to upgrade the psu? personally I'd say its def worth while if you can afford it, and if you can't afford you might want to find a way to stretch your budget a little to make it happen, let me know if you have any other questions pertaining to your new setup


Oops! :o  I didn't mean to jump the thread. I should have stated I agreed with you, then posted my msg.
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February 1, 2011 1:37:21 AM

jjb8675309 said:
that is cheap as hell I would jump on that if I were the op its a 6850 for the price of a 5770 practically, shoot I'm thinking of bidding on it

The great thing is that you don't even need to bid. They're "Buy it Now" offers.

I was totally gonna get one, but found another 5770 for $100; I'm just gonna do crossfire instead.
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February 1, 2011 11:49:54 AM

jabberwhacky said:
That seems incredible. What's a good mobo to Xfire those with?
Asrock M3A770D3 if you want to save money. It's x16/x4, but the performance decrease is totally negligible for the price.

If money isn't a problem, then the board cthunder posted is an excellent choice.

Both are AM3, though.

For 1156, I'd say go for the eVGA P55V. It's mATX but has two PCI-e slots; x16 for one, x8/x8 for two.

You could also get the Biostar T5 XE; it's also x8 x8.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 12:51:50 PM

jabberwhacky said:
That seems incredible. What's a good mobo to Xfire those with?



Yo, start your own thread, the op is not crossfiring as far as I know
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February 1, 2011 7:17:32 PM

@OP:

Going for the 6850 I suggested would save you $30-$40.

That extra money could then go toward a good PSU like this Antec NEO ECO 520 watt. It's 80+ certified and could easily power two or three 6850s.

If you don't plan on crossfiring a second card, you could always get the 400 watt variant of that Antec. It's still 80+ certified and still able to handle two 6850s.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 7:22:11 PM

he did get that 6850
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February 1, 2011 7:42:10 PM

sartorius said:
@OP:

Going for the 6850 I suggested would save you $30-$40.

That extra money could then go toward a good PSU like this Antec NEO ECO 520 watt. It's 80+ certified and could easily power two or three 6850s.

If you don't plan on crossfiring a second card, you could always get the 400 watt variant of that Antec. It's still 80+ certified and still able to handle two 6850s.


jjb8675309 is correct, I bought the HIS 6850 from Ebay. Thanks for the link as it did save me a good amount of money. And for a PSU I'm going to get the Antec 620w for $50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2011 7:55:00 PM

Ahh, okay. Glad to have helped.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 11:05:23 PM

enjoy your new toys!
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