View Full Version : $250.00 - What card should I buy?
10-06-10, 08:07 PM
Howdy - My 7950GT no longer lets me play newer games so it is time to get a new card. My budget is $250-$275. I was looking at a 5850 - This One to be exact (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161330&cm_re=5850-_-14-161-330-_-Product).
What do you guys think? Should I be looking at another model?
10-06-10, 08:49 PM
Personal choice. That one would be fine. XFX is highly recommended due to their outstanding warranty.
10-08-10, 12:36 PM
I'd wait for reviews for brats xt when it comes out on the 18th.
10-08-10, 12:39 PM
That or a 460 1GB which performs about the same or better in some titles as a 5850 for a bit less money ($220).
I'd wait for reviews for brats xt when it comes out on the 18th.???
EDIT: The new core name of the ATI cards in November... heh, maybe say that for the newer people (Im not new and I had to look that up).
I'd get a gtx 460 1gb, or maybe a used gtx 470. If you could get a reference 5850 go for it. I wouldnt buy a non ref 5850.
Or just wait see what the 6770's are like...
Wait to see what 6770's are like, they come out in a week. If anything it should solidify the prices of the 5x series.
10-09-10, 01:41 AM
At 250$ you are looking at a 5850.
1080P depending on what games you play can require up to two 5870 for optimal framerates (45+ FPS)
10-09-10, 04:43 AM
You could get a GTX 460 and overclock it to practically 5850 speeds with ease. I have two and they are the most awesome cards. They don't use very much power, they run coooool, and they overclock like a dream! My reference GTX 460 786mb EVGAs overclocked from 675Mhz core to 925mhz core and 1800Mhz memory to 2200 memory. They are watercooled ;) never go above 35 though while overclocked. People achieve these clocks and higher on stock cooling though. Lots of examples in this thread @xsystems - GTX 460 Overclocking Thread (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=256635)
*I emphasize the ease I overclocked the 460s. I literally just slid the core and memory sliders up in MSI afterburner. no voltage adjusts needed either*
I changed from two 5870s to these 460s and its been great. Every game ran perfectly with the 5870s and every game still runs perfectly with the overclocked 460s and I ended up saving a ton of money. Sorry for such a long response, just trying to give another (and great) option.
*Edit* Pretty much totally agreeing with Rattle, except for the 470 part :b Didn't realize I was in the AMD forum :/ oh well.
10-09-10, 12:26 PM
Too close to new cards to buy anything IMHO. Price drops should make waiting worth it.
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