5850 vs 6850

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=14-131-386&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=true&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&chkPurchaseMark=on&Keywords=%28keywords%29
Radeon 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-374&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=3&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419&cm_re=6850-_-14-121-419-_-Product
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  1. 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.
  2. With ASUS you get a 1 year longer warranty so you might want to lean towards that.
  3. 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.
  4. Thanks for the replies. Is this a good PSU to get? I'm trying to keep it all under $220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817709021
  5. 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=N82E16817139005

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    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..
  6. just as many have already said_______as far as gpus go I'd go with this asus 6850, and if you want, you can overclock it like a demon sometimes past 5850/6870 levels:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419&cm_re=6850-_-14-121-419-_-Product
  7. jjb8675309 said:
    just as many have already said_______as far as gpus go I'd go with this asus 6850, and if you want, you can overclock it like a demon sometimes past 5850/6870 levels:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419&cm_re=6850-_-14-121-419-_-Product


    That's my exact plan except I am waiting for Newegg to restock this ASUS 6850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121399 :bounce:
  8. 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
  9. sartorius 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. sartorius said:


    That seems incredible. What's a good mobo to Xfire those with?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. @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.
  16. he did get that 6850
  17. 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=N82E16817371031&Tpk=N82E16817371031
  18. Ahh, okay. Glad to have helped.
  19. mdk88 said:
    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=N82E16817371031&Tpk=N82E16817371031



    Sweet! Enjoy your new GPU :bounce:
  20. enjoy your new toys!
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