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Worth upgrading?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DEL 707, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. DEL 707

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2004

    Posts: 3,596

    My gaming PC died this week so I'm in the process of putting together a new build.
    I built the PC at the beginning of 2006 so it's parts are a bit out of date and everything's getting swapped, but I'm wondering what to do about my graphics card.

    I decided to upgrade my graphics last year and treated myself to a 4850 (512mb).
    I've given myself a budget of £150 for a new graphics card, with that sort of budget, is it worth upgrading or should I stick with what I got?
     
  2. gurusan

    Capodecina

    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    Well the 4850 is still plenty capable....at what resolution do you game and what's the rest of your setup?

    You can get a 5850 for 200 which is quite a substantial upgrade, or the 5770 will be launched next week on the 12th, will retail for around 130 quid and I expect it to perform around 4890 performance. Of course it will also be much more power efficient and hopefully OC like crazy :)
     
  3. PGdude

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2007

    Posts: 2,493

    Location: London

    I consider the 4850 an ample strong enough card for the now time. You don't need a new card now. Do you see any problems with its performance?
     
  4. JTrickle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Nov 2006

    Posts: 1,618

    Location: Sheffield

    Ive ordered a 5850 as I'm having to drop my gfx settings down to minimum to get barely double digit figures with 100 players on screen with a 512 4850.

    Depends what games you are currently playing.
     
  5. titaniumx3

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 May 2006

    Posts: 5,753

    What game is this? Sounds more like a CPU limitation.
     
  6. Orangey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 22 Aug 2008

    Posts: 8,337

    If you want to wait a bit that £150 could net you a 5850, depends how crazy the price wars get though. Might only be a month or two.

    If you game at 1920x1200 upwards then 512MB of vram might hurt you, otherwise like others have said you may as well keep it for now.

    Also, hello, think I remember you from wireplay tfc / dod etc :)
     
  7. Gunni Parker

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2007

    Posts: 1,652

    Location: Death Star or Mount Doom, it depends on the day.

    What is your motherboard and monitor?
     
  8. DEL 707

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2004

    Posts: 3,596

    Guess I'll stick with the 4850 for the time being and upgrade further down the line.

    And hi Orangey, very rare people remember me from my Wireplay days :p
     
  9. DEL 707

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2004

    Posts: 3,596

    Sorry missed this reply, at the moment I don't have a motherboard, old machine is dead and I'm in the process of specing a new 1.
    My monitor is a Samsung T200
     
  10. JTrickle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Nov 2006

    Posts: 1,618

    Location: Sheffield

    Warhammer. Why would dropping the gfx settings make all the difference then? We should find out today - 5850 arriving.