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Did you have to trade or sell your 5850 to get it? If not sell the GTX470 and get a better upgrade, or a second 5850. If it is a ref 470 it will run HOT.
My 470 never broke 74C at 45% fanspeed... that's not as hot as everyone whines about, proper airflow is key. Ambient was 25-26C btw, as a reference.

Considering the 470 trades blows with the 5870, and beats the 5850 outright [even if by a couple percent] I think it as a good upgrade... as long as you didn't spend much. In all honesty I wouldn't spend over $50 to hop from a 5850 to a 470, but it's still a better card imo.
    
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I've owned a HD5850, a HD5870, a GTX470 and a GTX480.

If I had the choice between a 5850 or a 470, I'd pick the 5850.
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My 470 never broke 74C at 45% fanspeed... that's not as hot as everyone whines about, proper airflow is key. Ambient was 25-26C btw, as a reference.

Considering the 470 trades blows with the 5870, and beats the 5850 outright [even if by a couple percent] I think it as a good upgrade... as long as you didn't spend much. In all honesty I wouldn't spend over $50 to hop from a 5850 to a 470, but it's still a better card imo.
I got the 470 for less than what i got for my 5850. So i made money
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I made the same trade at one point, and other than the increased noise, couldn't be happier. 470 is a more powerful card, esp. when it comes to maintaining higher MIN fps rates in challenging circumstances. It does tessellation a lot better, as well as doing physX and folding ...

The OC'ing headroom on the 470 is generally superior as well when you consider the better oc scaling Fermi exhibits vs. Cypress.
    
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From what I heard, I don't think it was a good "upgrade", correct me if I am wrong but I read that the E5200 will bottleneck the gtx 470? My housemate is running a E5200 OC'd to 4ghz and running a gtx 560 and he gets horrible frames (compared to what he could be getting). Prior to this, he was running a gtx 460 as well and he says that he felt the gpu was being held back by the CPU. According to a few posts on tomshardware, the 5850 doesn't bottleneck as much as the 470.
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