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Graphics card questions.
12-28-2010, 02:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-28-2010, 04:16 PM by Rush12049.)
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Graphics card questions.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814150467 XFX 5670 1GB DDR5 $69.99 w/ $30 M.I.R.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814150501 XFX 5770 1GB DDR5 $139.99 w/ $20 M.I.R.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814150516 XFX AMD 6850 1GB GDDR5 $189.99

I will hopefully be building my first PC soon as I am still shopping around and I have a quick question. Will the 6850, 5770, or 5670 really make a difference at 1280x1024 resolution? Or will they basically be the same? Because I don't want to spend more money for something that will only be marginal improvements. I will only be playing games like Call of Duty 1, Age of Empires III, Command and Conquer, Flight Simulators (2004 and maybe FSX), Train Simulators, and a couple of newer Trucking Simulators. Then I might buy some games like Battlefield: Vietnam, all of the older Medal of Honors, and a few racing games. So would the 6850 be overkill to play these games on ultra settings? If so, which of the 3 cards would best suit my needs? I only reason I'm leaning more towards the 6850 is for future-proofing and If I ever decide to start to get serious about gaming. But I have an Xbox 360 for that, so that's why I'm not really sure whether I need the 6850. In bold is the Main questions I have.

I used all of the parts that you recommended for Teir 1 in the Budget Gaming PC article except I changed the processor to an AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz and changed the PSU to a Corsair 600W Power Supply thats on sale for $59.99. Final Price with cables the ATI 5670 and everything: $537.99 (not including tax or M.I.R.). Final Price with cables and the AMD 6850: $627.89 (not including tax or M.I.R.). Final Price with cables and the ATI 5770: $597.89 (not including tax or M.I.R.). My budget is about $600. but I can spare some extra money. Included is a picture of the parts list so you can tell me if I'm getting the best deal or not. http://i55.tinypic.com/1417bcw.png
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12-28-2010, 04:51 PM,
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RE: Graphics card questions.
Radeon HD 5670 is fine for 99% of games maxed at 1280x1024. Yes the 6850 would be overkill.

That power supply is complete rubbish, all of the "Builder" series are. Stick with the SeaSonic 520W. (Or if you do go with the 5670 you could get the Silverstone 400W PSU.)

Other than that, everything looks good. Though with the extra money you save by getting the 5670 you may want to get this CPU.
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12-28-2010, 07:13 PM,
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RE: Graphics card questions.
Thanks for the help. Figured the ATI 5670 was good enough, but thought I would ask anyway. The best graphics card I ever owned was a 128MB ATI Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series. So the 5670 should blow it out of the water. =D.

And thanks for the tip about the PSU. Might just go back to looking at the Antec ones. And I might just stick with the Athlon II X4. It's cheaper, and I don't think any of those games I mentioned give a hoot about L3 cache. LOL.
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12-29-2010, 09:52 AM,
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RE: Graphics card questions.
Actually, for the price ($105 - >$65 after MIR), this EVGA GTS 250 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814130538) will trash the Radeon 5670. The only con to it is that it will need more than 400W on the PSU, but then again, you can get this OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W for $75 or $55 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817341039

While some OCZ PSUs are rubbish, this one is pretty good for the price, according to Hardware Secrets: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/O...eview/1058

But yeah, anything higher than that is overkill for 1280 x 1024.

You'll be fine for about any game at 1280 x 1024, except perhaps FSX, which remains highly demanding on the CPU.
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