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Is now a good time to upgrade?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by TreeUK, 10 Jun 2010.

  1. TreeUK

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2006

    Posts: 117

    Location: Hampshire

    Is now a good time to upgrade? spec please

    I tend to upgrade every couple of years to keep games playable, I've been happily running an nvidia 8800 GTS 320mb but it's just died a death.
    I've currently got an IP35 Pro mobo.

    Conceding to your greater knowledge, is now a good time to upgrade? or is there a new chipset / pipeline about to break that will drop all the current cards in price?

    If now is as good a time as any, what are currently the best performing cards (nvidia or ati) for up to and around £250?
    (If the mobo is too out of date for new tech, advice here would be appreciated)

    If now's not a great time, can anyone recommend any budget cards that'll do a reasonable job until the next big thing?

    Really appreciate your time,

    Tree
     
    Last edited: 11 Jun 2010
  2. mp260767

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 10,871

    Location: telford, shropshire

    have a look at the ati 5850's, no real reason not too get one at the moment.

    on the cheaper side of things to replace the 8800 you can maybe have a look for an nvidia 260 or ati 4890.
     
  3. TreeUK

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2006

    Posts: 117

    Location: Hampshire

    Thanks for the advice, there are a whole bunch of 5850s £250 - £316, all with max ratings.
    Money's not running freely but is it worth making the leap to the 2 gig cards at the top?

    If not, are the XFX, Asus, Sapphire ones all more or less the same or is there a clear winner?
     
  4. C64

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Mar 2007

    Posts: 12,840

    Location: London

    5770 should see you through for a while if you game at 1680-1050

    24" monitors are a different story you'll probably need a 5850 if you like running things with all the bells and whistles.
     
  5. mp260767

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 10,871

    Location: telford, shropshire

    as c64 mentioned 5770 might be a decent bet, what sort of resolution/screen size do you game on ?

    not a real lot of difference between the manufacturers in my experience, if you have a personal preference then go with it.
     
  6. TreeUK

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2006

    Posts: 117

    Location: Hampshire

    I'm currently running two monitors, but game at 1440 x 900. Planning to upgrade that in the not too distant future though, maybe that lends more to the 5850 for slightly more future proofing.

    Is the extra £50 worth the extra 1 gig onboard ram to go from say this one to this one?
     
  7. SirCanealot

    Gangster

    Joined: 24 Jul 2005

    Posts: 482

    I run a 4870 at 1440 x 900 and it handles it mostly fine with a little gas left in the tank. 2x AA on most games, and 4x AA on some (and none on the others :p).

    Runs fine in my living room at 1080p too. Mass Effect 2/Batman AA with 2x AA at 60fps/50fps most of the time, etc.

    A 5770 would be a bit better since it still has a bit of gas left in the tank to overclock the core. My 4870 won't budge past 810 core easily, but most 5770s will hit 900-950 core.

    If you haven't got too much to spend, a 5770 will last you a while yet :)

    Edit: And no, 2 gig models are fairly pointless!
     
  8. DotA

    Hitman

    Joined: 27 Dec 2008

    Posts: 540

    At the moment the 2gig cards arnt neccosery, you might see 1 or 2 extra fps on some games but its not worth the extra cost for something you wont notice when you are gaming.

    As Canealot said a 1440x900 a 5770 is really what you want at that rez as it will play any game you have with ease, you can overclock it well and later on you can xfire another one which brings good fps (better then a 5870).

    This is a good 5770 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-219-AS&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1515

    you get a nice 3 year warrenty with it.
     
  9. TreeUK

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Apr 2006

    Posts: 117

    Location: Hampshire

    For the future proof gain, I went for the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card.

    Really appreciate everyone's advice. Thanks!
     
  10. Daaaveee

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Feb 2006

    Posts: 1,843

    Great choice, enjoy it!
     
  11. DotA

    Hitman

    Joined: 27 Dec 2008

    Posts: 540

    You should see some real good changes with the new card, enjoy it.