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What ATI card For 1080p Gaming??

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by lettuce, 13 Mar 2010.

  1. lettuce

    Wise Guy

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    Im going to be building a cheap gaming PC to go under my 42"LCD TV, so will be gaming at 1080p resolutions. What ATI card would i need for playing current games, i dont want to but anything that will be over kill at this resolution, so what ATI series should i go up to 5670 or sould even this 5 series be regarded as over kill for 1080p?. Im after something that will play stuff like Dirt 2, Bad Company 2, and the new STALKER game etc at max settings @ 1080p
     
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  2. Marine-RX179

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    For 1080p, Ideally you would need a 5850. You could get away with cutting corners and get a 5770 instead, but running 4AA at 1080p and in dx 11 mode could struggle a bit at some games.
     
  3. reflux

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    Yeah, a 5770 would be OK but not ideal. My mate has one and it's fine in everything but with a lot of AA and Crysis obviously.
     
  4. rolypolyman

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    If you want to play the new stalker game at 1080p at max settings then you best get a 5970!:D
     
  5. RavenXXX2

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    Can't cheap-out at 1080p and max settings, 5850 it is.
     
  6. 555BUK

    Mobster

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    5850 works fine for me @1920x1200.
     
  7. lettuce

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    Ok thanks for the input, im not a massive user of AA and AF usual, have AA @ x2. As 1080p isnt a massive resolution would the memory stzie (512 or 1GB) effect performance a great deal
     
  8. Marine-RX179

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    For 1080p, get the 1GB card. The only people that should even consider 512MB card are those that game at 1680x1050 or below.
     
  9. lettuce

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    OK, this is what im thinking of getting then:

    i3 530
    Gigabyte H55M-S2H
    Geil Value 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB
    OcUK 650W Dual Rail High Efficiency Modular PSU
    Silverstone SG02B-F Evolution MicroATX SFF Case

    Come to approx £510, not sourcing all parts from OC. Was hoping to get it around the £400 mark but seems impossible, even c2d cpus seem to be more than i3's now :eek:, and same for 1156 and 775 mobos with the older types being more :eek: :eek:.

    Now can media centre display games, like it does movies and music. As i would like to be able to just power on the PC and use a control pad to get into games, withou the use of a keyboard and mouse. I would like the pc to be as much like a console as possible??
     
  10. atmax1

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    For 1080p I would go with a 5850, Mine runs very nice at 1920x1200
     
  11. Marine-RX179

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    OK two things:
    i) CPU: You should spend around £50 extra by getting a i5 750 instead of the i3 530. 750 is a quad-core and 530 is just a dual-core...more and more games are taking advantage of using the extra cores and they increase frame rate hugely in games like Battlefield. Just refer to the following test:
    http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/659536-contagion-review-dual-core-vs-quad.html
    You get a i3 530 now, and I can almost guarantee you will regret not spending just a little more getting a 750 instead in the future.

    ii) Motherboard: Although the Gigabyte H55M-S2H is listed as supporting Crossfire, but in fact it doesn't. The 2nd PCI-E X16 slot would only has 4 lanes, making it incapable of actually running two graphic cards in Crossfire. In order to run Crossfire in 8x/8x, you would need something like a Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 (which cost nearly £140). So I really think you should carefully consider if you are certain that you are going to get a 5770 instead of a 5850, since adding another 5770 to Crossfire in the future would not be an option for the Gigabyte H55M-S2H.
     
  12. kylew

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    That's simply not true.

    People seem to keep forgetting just how the last generation of cards performed.

    A 3870 and 8800GT can play a lot of games at 1080p with max settings and some AA.

    A 5850 ISN'T a must at all.

    It's preferable but not a must.
     
  13. RavenXXX2

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    I have an 8800GT in my HTPC with a Q6600 at 3.8 GHZ hooked up to a pany 1080p plasma, yeah it hurts big time with no AA and burns with AA, were not playing CSS still, even RE5 averages 40-60 with no AA, hardly the most demanding game. So yeah if you want BC2 maxed out, 5850 it is.
     
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  14. lettuce

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    Thanks for the info, i know that ill never be going cross-fire so the S2H will be ok for me, i take on board about the cpu though
     
  15. jigger

    Capodecina

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    Have a look at the HD5750's, its a great card for the price.
     
  16. blaineoliver

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    My 4850 plays everything on high or near high settings on 1080p.
     
  17. JTrickle

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    My 4850 didnt, which is why I replaced it with a 5850.
     
  18. RavenXXX2

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    That's the thing you see, some people are happy hovering around the 25-40FPS mark, I can't stand it, 50 and above for me.
     
  19. L0rdMike

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    I bought the best (5870) at the time, if you can afford it why settle for rubbishy choppy framerates, the min you should look at is a 5850 in my opinion.

    Edit or even a 4870x2, 4890 etc.
     
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