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#1 Aug 22 2010 at 7:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I've made a decision to buy a HD5850. My problem is, I can't decide which one to get now..lol. Not sure which brands are good these days and I don't want to make the wrong decision. Thanks for any input you may have!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ATI+5850

Looking into all of these right now.
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#2 Aug 22 2010 at 7:33 PM Rating: Good
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The 5850 is a good choice tbh, but i see your dilemma. Unfortunately, i'm using an Nvidia card, so i can't really help you here.
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Do not EVER get a gigabyte card, I like their mobos but I had a gigabyte 4850 and it was terrible. Slow and hot as $#%&. I have an XFX 5770 right now, which is awesome. I've heard good things about EVGA and HIS as well. ASUS makes good mobos and laptops, but I don't know anything about the quality of their graphics cards.

Edited, Aug 22nd 2010 9:35pm by BRizzl3
#4 Aug 22 2010 at 7:38 PM Rating: Good
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I was planning on buying the XFX 5850 until I ran across the promotion they were running last week ($40.00 off their 5870).

Based on the reviews I read, I felt the XFX was the best option.
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#5 Aug 22 2010 at 7:56 PM Rating: Good
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If you're on newegg just go by the reviews. Look at a couple you like then search them in google.

Usually some place like tomshardware.com will have a shootout of certain cards, and from there you can better make your decision.

When you start to understand the needs of your system you'll be better able to discern what you need and what you don't need in not only a video card, but any other piece of hardware.

For example, do you care about power usage? Will you overclock? If so, do you are about voltage control? Do you need a good warranty? Or do you just want to pay the lowest price?
#6 Aug 22 2010 at 8:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I see what you mean, Kierk. I'll look into the reviews and such, just wanted to get an idea is all. I have a 3 year old system that may need a few more upgrades perhaps.

Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @2.66ghz, OC @ 3.20ghz
ATI X1950XTX crossfire edition
4GB RAM
7500watt Power Supply
Windows Vista 32 bit
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#7 Aug 22 2010 at 8:19 PM Rating: Good
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You'll want to look at a card with good cooling. Sapphire and XFX make great cards and have pretty solid warranties as well. If your case has solid cooling and you're not comfortable OC'ing your card, a factory overclocked version isn't a bad idea, however, if you've got good case cooling you can use a program like MSI Afterburner to overclock your card to what they factory overclocked versions are and save the $20-50.

I'd say go with XFX (the one that vents out the back of the case), MSI-Twin Frozr, Sapphire, or the HIS. Check the reviews and warranties to fill in the gaps. Performance difference between similarly clocked cards will be negligible unless you pursue an overclock. Then it comes down to the quality of the cooler on board.
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#8 Aug 22 2010 at 9:07 PM Rating: Good
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Do not EVER get a gigabyte card, I like their mobos but I had a gigabyte 4850 and it was terrible. Slow and hot as $#%&.


Do not EVER listen to someone who says "do not EVER" do something.

I have a gigabyte 5870 with a factory O/C to 950/1250, and I haven't had a single issue with it. In the beta, it reaches 69c max [which is actually pretty cool all things considered]

Everyone gets a lemon now and again, or doesn't realize their temps are related to their non-ventilated case? ;)

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Sapphire and XFX make great cards


XFX seconded. Had I realized they had a 2gig version of the 5870 before I built . . for cheaper than the one I got, I'd have gone there.

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#9 Aug 22 2010 at 9:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, for what it's worth..right now i'm running at approximately 68c just sitting idle. When i'm in any type of game the card temp goes up to around 96-98c. I guess the cards i have run pretty hot though, from what I've read about them. My CPU according to SpeedFan shows that it sits around -41c and the cores running all show around 50-55c. Do these temps seem to be pretty normal?
I think i'm probably gonna lean towards a card that has more cooling other than something that can be OC. The card will definitely be a noticable upgrade any which way.
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#10 Aug 22 2010 at 10:02 PM Rating: Good
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7500watt Power Supply


Really, now? :P
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#11 Aug 22 2010 at 10:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually, I lied. It's a 7000Watt power supply. Just went into my gateway support docs and found it.
Would you say I'm ok on the power supply then? :P

Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 12:07am by TAOQUIN
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#12 Aug 22 2010 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
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TAOQUIN wrote:
I've made a decision to buy a HD5850. My problem is, I can't decide which one to get now..lol. Not sure which brands are good these days and I don't want to make the wrong decision. Thanks for any input you may have!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ATI+5850

Looking into all of these right now.


If you are just getting a standard 5850 that runs at 725Mhz then they are all basically the same.

Here's one for $269 (deal ends tomorrow)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150494&cm_re=ATI_5850-_-14-150-494-_-Product

Dunno if I like the cooler on that card though.

If you want something with some robust cooling might look at this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318&cm_re=5850-_-14-125-318-_-Product

This card is also stock clocked at 765Mhz instead of the standard 725Mhz (although almost all 5850's can be Oced to 765Mhz without problems as long as they come with a good cooler)



Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 1:17am by Lobivopis
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I thought of it first:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=130073657654872218#20
#13 Aug 22 2010 at 11:06 PM Rating: Good
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Lobivopis wrote:
TAOQUIN wrote:
I've made a decision to buy a HD5850. My problem is, I can't decide which one to get now..lol. Not sure which brands are good these days and I don't want to make the wrong decision. Thanks for any input you may have!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ATI+5850

Looking into all of these right now.


If you are just getting a standard 5850 that runs at 725Mhz then they are all basically the same.

Here's one for $269 (deal ends tomorrow)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150494&cm_re=ATI_5850-_-14-150-494-_-Product

Dunno if I like the cooler on that card though.

If you want something with some robust cooling might look at this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318&cm_re=5850-_-14-125-318-_-Product

This card is also stock clocked at 765Mhz instead of the standard 725Mhz (although almost all 5850's can be Oced to 765Mhz without problems as long as they come with a good cooler)



Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 1:17am by Lobivopis



Actually I was looking at this the other day. You can get another $15 off too with the promo code!

For a total of $254 for a 5850!

I don't care for the cooler either, but if you're looking for a great deal...
#14 Aug 23 2010 at 8:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Ended up ordering this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=ati_5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product

Do I need to purchase the power cables to go along with this order, anyone know? (6pin or 8pin) Thanks!
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#15 Aug 23 2010 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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Ended up ordering this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=ati_5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product

Do I need to purchase the power cables to go along with this order, anyone know? (6pin or 8pin) Thanks!


The power cord will come out of your power supply, if it doesn't have one, then you will need to purchase a larger power supply. The video card will come with a converter to convert 2x 4pin to a 6pin, so you can open up your case and double check you have 2x 4pins free.
#16 Aug 23 2010 at 8:18 AM Rating: Decent
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I was reading the reviews about this card on Newegg and people were complaining about the instructions to install, saying that it took a 8pin instead of a 6pin power connector. My power supply is 7000watts, don't really know if it has what I need though until I get home and look. Thanks!
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#17 Aug 23 2010 at 8:24 AM Rating: Good
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I was reading the reviews about this card on Newegg and people were complaining about the instructions to install, saying that it took a 8pin instead of a 6pin power connector. My power supply is 7000watts, don't really know if it has what I need though until I get home and look. Thanks!


That's strange, the specs on Newegg state "6 pin / 8 pin" under power requirements.
#18 Aug 23 2010 at 8:28 AM Rating: Decent
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When it comes to installing hardware, I'm a newb lol. I really don't have any clue what all of it means, just making sure I don't need to buy any extra cables and such. :P

The people who purchased this item on Newegg were confused on the install instructions about the connectors. They thought that they had a faulty item.. then again, they are probably newb like me! :)

Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 10:29am by TAOQUIN

Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 10:30am by TAOQUIN
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#19 Aug 23 2010 at 8:34 AM Rating: Good
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Actually, I lied. It's a 7000Watt power supply. Just went into my gateway support docs and found it.
Would you say I'm ok on the power supply then? :P


What are you running? An air craft carrier? Hope you have a dedicated cooling tower outside your house to chill that thing.
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#20 Aug 23 2010 at 8:40 AM Rating: Decent
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LOL I told you I was a newb! 700W :) I'm sorry.
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#21 Aug 23 2010 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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That could mean it's flexibile to take 6 or 8 pin depending on what your PSU has available, but I'm not positive.
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#22 Aug 23 2010 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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I got a gigabyte 5770 factory overclock and I think it runs great, doesn't seem to get too hot
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