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#1 Jul 25 2010 at 9:34 AM Rating: Decent
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going to press the order button any time soon and need help with the graphics card if anyone will help please.
Heres my basic set up

Customizations:

CPU: NEW! AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper TX3

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Motherboard: Asus M4A89GTD Pro USB3

Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 2GB)

Graphics card:

Sound card: Asus Xonar DS 7.1

PSU: 700W OCZ

should i use a GTX 460, A radeon 5850 or should i pay the bit extra for 2 x ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB, And also is the CPU cooler really needed for this system or should i just leave it in there.

thanks!!

#2 Jul 25 2010 at 10:14 AM Rating: Default
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gtx 460 is better than the 5850. You will need a cpu cooler, get a good one so u can overclock ur cpu.
#3 Jul 25 2010 at 10:27 AM Rating: Good
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gtx 460 is better than the 5850. You will need a cpu cooler, get a good one so u can overclock ur cpu.


I'm curious as to your testing source. The GTX 460 performs approximately equal to the 5830, which is the next step DOWN from the 5850

But don't take MY word for it:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf104-fermi,2684.html
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#4 Jul 25 2010 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Nearly the exact same build I will be purchasing Friday, and I have decided on the GTX 460. I think it will be a great setup for my budget ~800
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#5 Jul 25 2010 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't believe the 460 is better than the 5850.
#6 Jul 25 2010 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
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It's a pretty close match from the comparisons I've looked at. The 5850 doing a little bit better, but not a HUGE jump. So I think money factor comes into play with people saying to get the 460 in this situation.

Edited, Jul 25th 2010 3:31pm by TwistedOwl
#7 Jul 25 2010 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
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The 5770 is a pretty good 'bang for buck' card, but the only problem is that it is clearly not one of the most powerful cards, when compared to a single 5870 (let alone the most powerful cards on the market, being the 5970 - Nvidia have the 480?). Having said that, Crossfire 5770 can put out some pretty good output compared to a single 5870 (slightly less though), but also being cheaper too.

If you want to futureproof your system as much as possible, a little more cash invested into the 5870 will get you pretty far, and then you can buy another one (or a better card) later down the track to Crossfire with it (if that's even necessary).
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#8 Jul 25 2010 at 5:03 PM Rating: Decent
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out of curiosity, what ram did you chose to buy? I'm curious as I'm planning to purchase the same motherboard in my build
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