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Looking at a MSI GTX460 Twin Frozr ($130 after MIR) and a XFX 5850 ($190 after MIR) at the moment, about 20% performance between the two, and a $60 difference after MIRs.

Not looking to max AA, will play with eye candy options on high and max AF though, gaming in 1680x1050. Will overclock either card as far as possible.

Looking for the best bang/buck performance upgrade from my 4830.
I know the 5850 is the better card, but is it the best bang/buck... it also has that lovely XFX warranty. However, I'm worried my CPU may be a bottleneck for the 5850.

Help a fellow gamer out, OCN?
post #2 of 16
Well, I dont think the 5850 is worth that extra $60, bit It offers more perfomance I believe.

How about a GTX560?
    
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Well to be honest, I was thinking about upgrading to a GTX 460, but I was worried what would happen if I upgraded to 1680x1050, so I'm gonna say it'd be smart to get the XFX 5850. And with a Triple-core CPU at 3.7 Ghz with a 6mb cache won't be bottlenecking the card too much, if any at all. So go for 5850.
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If you're confident of your OC ability with the 460 - buy it and clock it as high as possible and you probably will be quite happy (and a bit more flush with green.)

Also, sometime in the future you could go SLI and be grinning ever larger.

Regardless enjoy the cards - whichever you get.

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Get a GTX560, AMD Radeon HD 6850, or an AMD Radeon HD 6950 + Un-Clock = Stock 6970 (slight differences which can affect its overclocking ability but it's literally the same)
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having owned both cards, you are better off with the 460gtx, the 5000 series ati/amd's are buggy because of drivers
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I would not pay $190 for a 5850 when a 5870 is $199 after $20 MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-883-_-Product

If you can afford that it is the better bang for the buck.

I have owned a few GTX460 768 cards, they are good cards, not anywhere near as fast as a 5870 or 5850 but not bad.
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Originally Posted by TheBirdman74 View Post
having owned both cards, you are better off with the 460gtx, the 5000 series ati/amd's are buggy because of drivers
I have also had both cards and i also play at 1680x1050. The gtx 460 is getting my vote hands down. 850mhz + is reachable on almost every card ive ever seen.
    
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Originally Posted by TheBirdman74 View Post
having owned both cards, you are better off with the 460gtx, the 5000 series ati/amd's are buggy because of drivers
Sorry, but I have a 5850, have had it for a while, and have had no issues with drivers. I have tried a large spectrum of Catalyst versions, used 10.9 and 10.10 for the majority of my ownership, tried 10.12 and the beta of the new control center. After seeing many mentions of older drivers being better, I reverted to 10.5 and that is what I am on now. I noticed absolutely no difference between every version I have tried, and have come to the conclusion that the people who say that people claiming AMD drivers suck are wrong are people worth listening to. There is nothing wrong with these drivers, and I would update to the newest ones except that I doubt it will make much of a difference for me and I also like the old control center better.
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Thanks for the input everyone, I'll let these replies and reviews boil around in my head for a bit before I make a purchase.
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