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Upgrading HD 4850, 5770 or higher?

I am looking to pick up a DX11 card to be ready for the "next generation". The 5770 looks solid for now, but I might want to pick up a larger monitor in the near future. Is there a huge difference between a 6850 and 6870? I am not a quite a hardcore gamer, but I am pretty serious.

I assume my CPU is becoming my biggest bottleneck and next year I should have the budget to build a new rig.

Do you guys think the 5770 will be a good way to break into DX11 and hold me over until its new rig time?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks (yay tax return!)

BUDGET RANGE: USD $150-250

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (CoD, BF:BC2, Rift, WoW, Portal 2), home theater/watching movies

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: HD 4850, PC Power & Cooling PPCS500 500W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 Motherboard, Intel Core2Duo E8400, 4GB Corsair DDR2 800

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Preferably ATI, makes it easier to deal with drivers, but I am totally open to nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Ive never overclocked anything, not likely to start anytime soon
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Ive never done it, easier to deal with 1 card

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 currently

Edit: misspelled title, lol
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  1. Well, IIRC, the HD 6850 is the new version of the HD 5830, and the HD 6870. is the better version of the HD 5850, and the HD 5850 is better than the HD 4850.

    EDIT: Another option is the GTX 560ti.
  2. I cant see any point in the 5770 . Its a nice card but its time has come and gone .

    I have an OC'ed e7300 that benches just a little higher than a stock e8400 . I put a 6870 in to it about 2 months ago because the 4850 I had was struggling with the 1080p monitor I had bought .

    In the original Crysis I get 40 - 55 fps depending on the environment .

    Im very happy with the set up . If the cpu is a limitation its not really making a difference to game play .

    Buy the 6870 IMO
  3. The HD5770 really isn't much of an upgrade. This is what you want I think;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932
    Fantastic deal for $140 and it should be great for your resolution. It's approximately 50% faster than the HD5770 and only about 5% slower than the HD6870 others are mentioning while costing much less.
  4. Best answer
    If you are trying to keep it cheap
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-932-_-Product

    Bang for buck there is no better deal than this right now.

    It is now far from the best, but quite a step up from the 5770
  5. Thanks for the replies!

    It looks like that 5850 is perfect. It should hold me over just fine until I build a completely new tower next year.

    :)
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