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Old December 15, 2009, 03:50 PM
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Recently one of my two 8800GT died and now it's got me thinking of upgrading to a new card. I've been looking at the 4890, gtx260, gtx275 and the hd 5850. The 5850 seems like the best choice but the problem is I really don't want to spend more then $340 (Including taxes and shipping) because that is already stretching my budget for a new video card.

What do you guys recommend? I am also planning on using my working 8800GT as a dedicated phsyx card.

I game at 1680x1050 btw.

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Old December 15, 2009, 05:20 PM
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The HD 5850 is hard to find at a reasonable price, but not impossible (unlike $427.70 at OnHop.ca - can you believe that price!)
e.g. In stock currently listed at Anitec.ca for $313.95 Sapphire HD 5850, which if you're out of province is within your $340 budget.
You have to keep looking because they are limited and they sell out fast.
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Old December 15, 2009, 05:24 PM
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The HD 5850 is hard to find at a reasonable price, but not impossible (unlike $427.70 at OnHop.ca - can you believe that price!)
e.g. In stock currently listed at Anitec.ca for $313.95 Sapphire HD 5850, which if you're out of province is within your $340 budget.
You have to keep looking because they are limited and they sell out fast.
I saw that one but the $34.96 shipping to ontario is kinda high.
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I saw that one but the $34.96 shipping to ontario is kinda high.
Sorry about that. You just reminded me why I don't shop at Anitec.
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Can't use your 8800 as Physx if you have an ATI card. I went from a single 8800gt to a 260 and it was qutie a bit of a change but coming off of 2 8800gt's in SLI it probably wouldn't be much of a diff. Go for a 275
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Can't use your 8800 as Physx if you have an ATI card. I went from a single 8800gt to a 260 and it was qutie a bit of a change but coming off of 2 8800gt's in SLI it probably wouldn't be much of a diff. Go for a 275
The 4890 seems comparable to the 275 and it's cheaper. I can use a hack on Win7 to enable a physx card with a Ati GPU. How much does having a dedicated physx card help anyway?
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The 4890 is the price/performance deal imho. The 275's are more expensive for about the same performance.
A Sapphire HD 5850 shipped to ON from A-Power is about $356 btw (paying by Interac). Not much else I can find on the 5850 at the moment.
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The 4890 is the price/performance deal imho. The 275's are more expensive for about the same performance.
A Sapphire HD 5850 shipped to ON from A-Power is about $356 btw (paying by Interac). Not much else I can find on the 5850 at the moment.
They don't support RBC for interac, damnit. Nice try though.

the 4890 seems like a great card and I would definetly feel more comfortable spending less money but the 5850 just seems like the better choice and is more future proof with dx11.
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the 4890 seems like a great card and I would definetly feel more comfortable spending less money but the 5850 just seems like the better choice and is more future proof with dx11.
Your right on both counts.
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Old December 17, 2009, 08:25 PM
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So I ordered a 5850 now I'm wondering if it is worth it to use one of the patches that will allow me to use my 8800GT as a physx card or should I just leave it be?
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