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Old April 1, 2011, 07:29 AM
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I don't really want to overclock unless I have to. I don't think I'll need to cause I'm pretty sure my q6600 will bottle neck.

So I can get this 1gb 5850 for $189:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850 Chipset (725Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4000Mhz) Memory HD Audio Triple Display (Dual Dual-Link DVI)/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card | Canada Computers

Or this 1gb GTX 460 for $194(before MIR):
Zotac (ZT-40402-10P) GeForce GTX 460 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Chipset (675Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 3600Mhz Dual Display DVI/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card | Canada Computers

Why is the 460 more expensive? Isn't the 5850 better?

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Old April 1, 2011, 08:35 AM
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The HD5850 is better than the GTX460 in terms of performance. The HD5850 used to be very expensive at least twice what it is selling for right now but the price is lowered when the HD6000 series came into the market.

I would say that you grab the HD5850 instead of the GTX460 if you do not intend to use the GPU to do folding.
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Old April 1, 2011, 09:42 AM
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For a change I will say get the 5850. I personally can't stand ATi's latest driver support but from friends here, and colleges who have the 5XXX series cards they seem to be okay.

The 6XXX series though leaves a lot to be desired.

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if st tells you to get the ati card, then by the gods rush out and get it! :)


but get the 6850 though :)
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if st tells you to get the ati card, then by the gods rush out and get it! :)


but get the 6850 though :)

Dan, I personally own more ATi than nVIdia by a 3 to 1 ratio.
ANd in client builds more. Its no hatred for their cards, its their Drivers and CCC that cause no end to grief.

Get the 5850.

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The Frostbite engine (BC2, BF3) plays better on Nvidia architecture. Having said that, I'm not sure if the GTX 460 overcomes the generally more powerful HD 5850/6850. Too lazy right now to look at reviews. I'd still go for one of the ATI solutions for the better performance in general. Either way, at 1680x1050, all of your choices are fine.
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Old April 1, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I would say get the HD 5850. And they can be had at a great price as well. It's about equal to the 6950 in performance. But if you intend to crossfire later on. The 6000's are more optimized for that.
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Thanks guys. I got the 5850. Everything went smooth and I can't believe the difference coming from an 8800gt. In games like CSS everything looks much crisper for some reason and BC2 is way smoother (although at the start of a map the game lags like crazy for about 5 seconds. not a big deal at all but I'll look into it). Even text looks better in some cases.

At first I didn't know the setting in CCC that equals digital vibrance for nvidia and I was a little sad. But then I found the saturation bar and couldn't be happier.

One thing I will mention is that this was what was advertised:
http://img.canadacomputers.com/Produ...307/104236.jpg

And this is what I got:
http://ucables.com/img/ipics/SAPPHIR...R5-R285148.jpg

The boxes look identical so I couldn't tell until I got home. Also, I'm not sure if the box had been opened before but there was only one side of the box that had a sticker seal and some of the CD sleeves looked a little messed up. Maybe I'm just crazy but I hate buying something "new" when it's been handled and used. Either way, it works so I can't complain.
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I wouldn't complain as the one that you got is a non reference cooler which would offer better cooling compared to the stock cooler. Sapphire is always full of surprises as my friend had bought a pair of Sapphire HD6870 which I thought was using the reference cooler but when the box was opened it was a HD6870 with Sapphire's aftermarket cooler. For that price that was paid I was expecting a reference cooler but it came with a non reference cooler. Thumbs up to Sapphire
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I wouldn't complain as the one that you got is a non reference cooler which would offer better cooling compared to the stock cooler. Sapphire is always full of surprises as my friend had bought a pair of Sapphire HD6870 which I thought was using the reference cooler but when the box was opened it was a HD6870 with Sapphire's aftermarket cooler. For that price that was paid I was expecting a reference cooler but it came with a non reference cooler. Thumbs up to Sapphire

Yeah I looked into it and it definitely looks like the cooler I got is the better one.

Mine (5 big heatpipes):
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/...f714771f_b.jpg

Reference(looks pretty shitty):
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...0/IMG_2072.jpg

No more complaints from me
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