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Looking to replace radeon hd 5850

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April 27, 2012 3:10:22 PM

Hello,

Can anyone give me a good alternative to a radeon HD 5850? It's my current vid card but I am having some issues with it right now:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/351208-33-radeon-5850...

If you can help me solve that would be great too :) 

Anyways, I have a Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H mobo with a 650 watt PSU. Looking to replace with a nvidia, as my experience with radeon has not been positive. Also, looking to stay within the $100-200 range or below.

Thanks in advance.

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a c 251 U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 3:37:58 PM
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

As you can see by the chart the 5850 is a pretty decent card and is high up on the chart , so in sticking with a $100 to $200 budget range would mean going with a minimum one level higher upgrade with a new video card. Is that something you want to do?

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$229.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$219.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$239.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GTX 560Ti is one level above what you have now and would be considered a miminal upgrade. The othe card in that level is the 6950 from AMD and is more expensive and some of the others are hard to find or you can't find them at all. If you went with the less expensive GTX 560 then you are doing a downgrade and the same with the 6870. So you can either increase your budget or think about going with the 560Ti.
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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 3:38:16 PM

Don't blame Radeon card on a storage lol My friend put his 3 PC's to a storage and when he come back after 6 months none of them worked. You should be glad that your MB is still working. Storage units and PCs/electronics is a very bad idea condensation and temps fluctuations...etc. Which state was your PC stored at? Anyway If you don't want to spend
extra money your best bet would be 6850 or 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $150
or 560Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $200
or 6950
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2GB-XFX-AMD-Radeon-HD-6950-HD-6... $200

PS: Just don't put it in a storage again
April 27, 2012 3:48:05 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

Sorry, I should have clarified that I just want an alternative to a radeon HD 5850, whatever price it is. I just assumed that an alternative would have cost around the $100-200 range. Under a $100 would be great too.

That graphics hierarchy chart is great. Thanks.
April 27, 2012 3:54:50 PM

maxinexus said:
Don't blame Radeon card on a storage lol My friend put his 3 PC's to a storage and when he come back after 6 months none of them worked. You should be glad that your MB is still working. Storage units and PCs/electronics is a very bad idea condensation and temps fluctuations...etc. Which state was your PC stored at? Anyway If you don't want to spend
extra money your best bet would be 6850 or 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $150
or 560Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $200
or 6950
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2GB-XFX-AMD-Radeon-HD-6950-HD-6... $200

PS: Just don't put it in a storage again


It was stored in AZ. I should have taken the video card out and put in original packaging. Well, live and learn right?
a c 251 U Graphics card
April 27, 2012 4:14:25 PM

For under $100 the video cards that you would be looking at would be good for just web browsing and productivity and little or no games ( Minecraft?)
Is that what you are looking for?

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$129.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS ENGT440/DI/1GD5 GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$94.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N430GT-MD4GD3 GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 4GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$92.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with the 550Ti as that will at least give you the option of some gaming along with whatever slse you will be doing with the computer. As far as other cards you can go all the way down to $20 for a card but the performance keeps decreasing as you go lower. So the 550Ti sits right at about $100 and would be a good choice as an alternative to what you have now even though it's a downgrade.
April 27, 2012 9:39:21 PM

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