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tfy February 13, 2011 06:24 PM

Asus EAH5850 Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU T or Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU GeForce GTX 460 1GB
 
Hi.

I`m currently having a dilemma, I can`t seem to decide which video card should I get.

Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU GeForce GTX 460 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI at Memory Express Computers $179.99 after mail in rebate
or
Asus EAH5850 Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU TOP 1GB
Asus EAH5850 Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU TOP 1GB GDDR5 OC PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express Computers $189.99 after mail in rebate

I mean, there is only a $10 difference between them. I don`t know if my power supply have an 8 pin pci-e connector, but it does have a 6 pin pci-e connector. Which one would be the better value at this price point.

My current resolution is 1280x1024 but want to futureproof my purchase for up to 1600x1200 res max settings if possible without upgrading any other components.


Running a C2D e6300 at 2.56GHz
Asus P5W DH Deluxe
2GB DDR2 ram
GeForce 7600 GT KO 256MB DDR3
Nmedia MP-500 500W ATX Power Supply
320GB Main Drive SATA
80GB Storage IDE
40GB Storage IDE


Thank you for your opinions.

_dangtx_ February 13, 2011 07:27 PM

the 5850 will be better, on power too. but i would get a 6 series if possible.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Powercolor...power_peak.gif

now if you fold or use cuda? the 460 will be a better buy.

HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express Computers

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express Computers

although for your current resolution i wouldnt touch any of these, because their value will

go down by the time you decide to get a better monitor.

JJThomp February 13, 2011 08:03 PM

Future proofing is kind of silly unless you are talking about like a couple weeks... if you are waiting to upgrade your monitor you might as well wait to upgrade your GPU at the same time.

There isn't much point in upgrading your GPU until you upgrade your monitor because you just pay more and your performance is wasted.

Arinoth February 13, 2011 08:11 PM

Any of those cards you'll start to see a bottleneck. Hell i cant even run my games on max settings with anything open on my temporary system (E6400 @ 2700MHz) with a 560 Ti. You may want to slowly upgrade that entire rig.

Kilauea February 13, 2011 08:17 PM

Someone may need to correct me, but Nmedia PSU ? I think that needs changing before anything else.

Arinoth February 13, 2011 08:22 PM

You are correct, i wouldnt trust a new card on that at all.

_dangtx_ February 13, 2011 09:31 PM

why thank you, i get tired of 'your psu is ??? ' :)

tfy February 13, 2011 09:54 PM

Well, I`m currently thinking of possibly upgrading to Sandybridge, however, with the chipset problems I want to hold off on buying SB at this time. My e6300 is EOL but after OC, still decent. I want to upgrade my graphics card to extend the life of my current computer setup because my gpu has become the main limiting factor as I am tired of watching slideshows in games. This upgrade will be incorporated into a newer build for better performance once prices come down. I bought my E6300 when it first came out and I didn`t wait for prices to drop before buying, which was my mistake. I also don`t want to upgrade the ram since I will be left with useless DDR2 ram when I upgrade to SB with DDR3. In my area, we have Memoryexpress and Ncix locations, so I like to buy in person from them. Hopefully, since my 7600 gt has lifetime warranty, when it dies, I can get an upgraded replacement card to use along with whatever card I might purchase.

Here is a link to info about the PSU:
Nmedia MP-500 500W ATX Power Supply 20/24PIN W/ 140MM Fan NCIX.com - Buy Nmedia MP-500 500W ATX Power Supply 20/24PIN W/ 140MM Fan Retail Box - MP-500 In Canada.

If a new power supply is recommended, can you guys give me links to some affordable quality suggestions.

Running Windows 7 32bit
OCed E6300 is on stock cooling

Thank you.

_dangtx_ February 13, 2011 11:12 PM

oh that rippling psu? : NCIX FORUMS - SKYMTL's 500W+, Sub-$105 PSU Roundup


try an earthwatts 500 or such. look for it when it comes on special.

CptBen February 20, 2011 07:56 PM

I always prefer Nvidia


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