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Graphics Card Query

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Kyo, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

    Posts: 6,067

    Hi

    Was thinking to get a new monitor, could go for a 22" but if i could get away with it 24" would be more preferable however one nagging question is will my current card 8800GTs 512 cope with a 24". Currently playing 1280 1024 no problems on a 19 (non widescreen).

    If i opted for the 24 Wide, what gfx card would be better suited that could handle most games that is within a £150-180 budget.

    Did look around the forums and got some mixed answers.

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: 11 Sep 2009
  2. unknownsock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Mar 2009

    Posts: 1,691

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Yes you'd probably need a new graphics card although it will depend on what games you play.

    A 4890 should be perfectly fine, although that seems to be the price range for the new 5850's (maybe). So you could possibly wait for that? Its within 2 weeks btw.
     
  3. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

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    If i can get a card that relatively cheap that can easily cope then that ideal as i still need to get a monitor as well :p

    What price range is the 5850 approx?
     
  4. Ritsugamesh

    Gangster

    Joined: 3 Sep 2009

    Posts: 419

    Location: Nottingham

    A 4890 would sail through on a 24" with resolutions up to 1920x1200, I play on that res on a 24" myself using a 4890, so I can assure you it's great!

    We don't know price points yet, only guesstimates based off conversion rates and stuff. Either way it's 2 weeks away so I would recommend get your monitor, find out how your current gpu handles it and maybe tough it out for a couple of weeks until the new cards drop; then look at buying yourself a new graphics card.
     
  5. Kyo

    Soldato

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    Thanks mate - sound advice, answer i was looking for. :) Like me do you use yours mostly for gaming and movies etc?

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: 12 Sep 2009
  6. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

    Posts: 6,067

    After much debate and time wasting , i have finally ordered my new 24 " Monitor :)

    Might need a new GFX but will wait and see performance on my current card.

    If i did I can see the prices for the new 5xxx series t is unfortunately out of my budget. So it going to have to be 4890 if i had to get one. I take it most of the 4890 are the same apart from the bundle which i dun really care about. Only thing last time i got a ATI card my 1900XT was like a vacuum cleaner. I have the impression that the VaporX cards have the quiets and coolest card or is there any other 4890 that comes with better cooler than the stock
     
  7. LoadsaMoney

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,605

    Location: In a house

    Id hang on to the GTS till you can afford the extra £40 for the 5850, as no point buying the 4890 vapor-x at that price imo, its old tech, and the 5850 wallops it.
     
  8. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

    Posts: 6,067

    thanks - i am probably going to hang on to it if i can. Hopefully performance on my current card isn't too bad. Being CSS fanatic i hope my frames on the new screen is going to be playable.
     
  9. Ritsugamesh

    Gangster

    Joined: 3 Sep 2009

    Posts: 419

    Location: Nottingham

    +1 to the 5850. For the extra £20 you'll be securing a card ready for the next wave of gaming; Dx11.

    As for your current card and CSS, you should be fine, maybe drop the AA down a little. Just as a benchmark for you, the CSS video stress test gives me 275fps average with my 4890 on a Samsung 24" 1920x1200 on highest settings. The 8800gts was and still is a great card so it should last you until the 5850's drop.
     
  10. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

    Posts: 6,067

    reading an article somewhere, i thought i saw 2 x 6 pin power connectors on the new ATI 5 series cards?

    My existing power only has 1 x 6 pin? Take it new PSU if i opt for 5xxx
     
    Last edited: 29 Sep 2009
  11. Nuwidol

    Gangster

    Joined: 23 Sep 2009

    Posts: 441

    Location: Milton Keynes

    You can get a molex to 6 pin adaptor for the 2nd plug. I'm not 100% sure but you will probably get one in whatever graphics card bundle you decide on. If not eBay will be cheap & quick.

    Again, I'm not sure on this but a 4890 probably needs 2x 6 pin for power too. I've never used one so can't be sure. Someone else will more than likely be able to tell you.
     
  12. manic111

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Jul 2007

    Posts: 16,489

    Location: Various

    I've got the HX520 and got two in the bundle of wires which originally came with the PSU...if not, get a molex-PCIe cable from somewhere (may well come with your graphics card) and use that, it will work fine.
     
  13. focus130

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Aug 2006

    Posts: 309

    Location: Leeds

    My 4890 has two 6-pin connectors for power so the same as 58xx.
     
  14. Kyo

    Soldato

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    I am very surprised my 8800GTS is coping with my new 24" monitor. Although i have only played CSS, Insurgency and Titan Quest. Lost a little average framerate but it still more than playable. Might turn up the settings to max to see how it copes.

    have the luxury to wait for a 5xxx :)
     
  15. jim5000

    Hitman

    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 919

    Location: UK

    They're not really new games to be fair though, although if that's what you want to play and your computer does it in 24" then awesome :)

    Don't forget you can probably get £40-£50 on members market for your 8800 to put towards your next card......
     
  16. Kyo

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2003

    Posts: 6,067

    Miight install a few more graphics intensive games to really test it :)

    MM - is a good idea.

    Cheers