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post #1 of 16
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Hey all

I've seen, obviously, the new ATI cards out and they do take my fancy looking at the cheap prices. And from the benchmarks, they look like good cards too.

At the moment I have an 8800GTS 640MB. I play on a 22" monitor which is a 1680x1050 resolution.

I play Age of Conan and hope to play demanding games in the future decently.

I get around 25-30 FPS in Age of Conan at the moment with moderately high settings, however I would like better performance out of the system and the new graphics card seem like the perfect solution. The question is, would the upgrade be worth it?

And if the upgrade WOULD be worth it, would the extra £100 justify the 4870? I mean, I could buy the 4850 right away or spend another few weeks or so spending more money on the 4870. I don't by all means want the BEST system out, just something that will run the games a bit better than the GTS. I guess what I'm asking is if the £100 price difference justifies the performance between these two cards.

Obviously, also, I have the option of an 8800GTS 512MB, but I hear the ATI's are better?

Thanks.
Edited by jNSK - 7/1/08 at 4:11am
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post #2 of 16
The $100 difference between the two cards is pretty big. I suggest going with the 4870 because the extra cash will go a long way.
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post #3 of 16
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Not $100. £100. That's $200.
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post #4 of 16
Based on the description, 4850 should be fine. AMD uses 4850 to aim 9800GTX so 4850 is better than 8800GTS 512mb.
post #5 of 16
i vote 2 hd4850
post #6 of 16
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Can't get 2 at the moment but maybe could in the future. Thanks for the good reply, lions.
Reckon 4850's the best bet then.
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post #7 of 16
1-ati hd4870 =$300 Gddr5 (bigscreen boss)
2-ati hd4850 =$200 Gddr3
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You have to note that the prices aren't the same in England The 4870 here is around $420.
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post #9 of 16
WoW then go with hd4850.
what is the price of 4850?
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4850's are $260.
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