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I have searched this entire site and still don't have a definitive answer. I have a budget of $150 (I can probably stretch a little, but would rather not) for an upgrade.
Here is what I was looking at:
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB open box $175 shipped
HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB $153 shipped after rebate
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $163 shipped after rebate

Or should I go gtx460?
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Of what you have listed I'd take that 5850 over the 6850 or a 460 for single card use. If you don't mind rebates I'll suggest you splurge a bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162074

Also in that price range I would be tempted to wait it out for another deal like this one. ---> http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...-99-after.html or an open box 5870. There was a couple Sapphire 5870's last week for around $155 if I remember correctly.
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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post
I have searched this entire site and still don't have a definitive answer. I have a budget of $150 (I can probably stretch a little, but would rather not) for an upgrade.
Here is what I was looking at:
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB open box $175 shipped
HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB $153 shipped after rebate
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $163 shipped after rebate

Or should I go gtx460?

If you can get the 6850 for under +$170 I would get that. Its slightly better than the 460 gtx. A 460gtx will max just about any game out at 1080p so you would go fine with a 6850.

Comparison of the two

Tom's Hardware - Benchmark Gamer Index

One thing to consider is Newegg has some great open box deals on the 460gtx.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814127519R - $111.00

Here is a 465 for $131.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814127506R
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Badwrench... I love my XFX 5850.... only had problems switching the driver installed on the CPU....Nvidia was a pain to get rid of before I found the DriverSweeper.

Its not loud and works great. Runs WoW in fullscreen on my monitor and plays movies full screen on my 32" LCD TV with no problems what so ever.
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I have a EAH5850 (two, actually). They're nice and quiet cards. Just be sure you have a spare 8 and 6 pin cable from your PSU as it needs one of both.
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thats a good price on a 6850!!
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post #7 of 15
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Thanks for the input.
If I go with the 6850, I will probably stay with XFX as I like the idea of a lifetime warranty (I tend to keep things a long time), which of them should I go for - there are 4 of them.

Also, what do you guys think of this: Sparkle 460 for $160 shipped - no rebates.

I am leaning toward the 6850 as I like the idea of a single 6pin rather than 2.
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post #8 of 15
Main reason I went with XFX was the single 6-pin (= less power from PSU) and the double lifetime warranty with product registration.... that means if I sell mine the next guy gets a lifetime warranty. Helps with re-sale value when I chose to upgrade it. Also it looks awesome. None of that red lines in my blue/white themed case
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post #9 of 15
The 5850 is faster than a 6850.only just though, about 5%. The 6870, has an even bigger difference when compared to a 5870 which is about 8% faster.

The 68** were not meant to replace the 58** series. It was meant to replace the 5770 and 5830.

The 69** replaced the 58**.

either way, I would go for a 6850 for the power draw.
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post #10 of 15
even smaller but definitely under $150 inc. tax/sh from newegg type places

a 5770

but yeah if you can afford a 6850, great performance/price
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