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Computer upgrade, work vs gaming clash of titans

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Greenmousa, Apr 30, 2010.

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Choose your set!

  1. ATI 5850 for the freaking win!

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  2. SSD and more ram, go go Photoshop!

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  3. You go killing monkey, you can do it!

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  1. Greenmousa

    Greenmousa

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    Hi guys!! You already helped me once so i came back for more usefull tips!!

    So this is the thing, i gather up some money recently and came into a bit of a crossroads...and boy do i hate crossroads...

    I have some choices to make regarding a PC update, my system it's really satisfying for me so far, it's a good working platform (Photoshop, Corel, InDesign, Corel Painter) and gives me great gaming too (GTA IV, BC2, Ass.Creed2, etc) the only thing is, i would like both faster program response times (saves, etc) and my games to perform better in 1920x1080, my poor 4850 512mb can't handle THAT much resolution without loosing some quality, so heres the thing....

    For the same money i can do one of this 2 things:

    1- Buy a 5850 and be a happy camper gaming wise.

    2- Buy a 64 GB SSD for my OS and Design software alone and use my actual drive for games downloads and such, and with the extra money toss in 2 more gigs of RAM.

    3- Buy a really smart monkey and train him to steal and murder so i can earn more and more money to buy more hardware.

    So asuming the monkey it's not viable law-wise i would really apreciate the input on the subject ;D! You guys rock in advance yeah!! XD

    (Consider the following, a 64GB SSD Drive in Argentina costs u$s 300 (KINGSTON SSD V SERIES) and an ATI 5850 costs around u$s 420 and the 2gb DDR3 @1600 RAM (OCZ gold) u$s 85)
     
  2. assaulter_99

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    I'd say buy a 5850, but I'd also fancy an ssd, it depends what you do more on your pc : is loading times more important than uber high graphic options? I'd personally take a 5850, especially at 1080", so then you can game with eye candy and whatsoever. My vote goes to 1#, 5850 ftw!
     
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    I would suggest that you go for the Video card (HD 5850) .... and also buy an aftermarket cooler and overclock the CPU .... ;)
     
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    That's a tough one. The 5850 runs a lot cooler than the 48xx series cards, which would be a plus in your neck of the woods. I am more of a grasshopper than an ant, so I will play and party whenever I can, the hell with work or the future.
     
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    God damn 3 - 0 for the 5850 XD

    You are NOT helping me to become a productive worker

    Just to make things more interesting and for those who doesn't feel like posting but wants to let me know, i added a poll ;D! so use it!
     
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    as assualter mentioned ... u need a good graphics card to handle 1080p ... and overclocking the CPU will help with the response times ... but not by much though ....

    having a good VGA will also help if any of the softwares which uses GPU acceleration ....
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    SSD for teh win.
     
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    lol i remember you!! The criptic one sentence dude!! You rock!
     
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    Hey guys! It's me again! So, this thing came up, i've been offered a relatively Cheap XFX 5770 (about Us$ 110 LESS than the 5850) here in argentina thats A FREAKING HUGE difference, what do you guys think?? Ill note the change from my 4850?? And also hows W7 performing for ati 57XX series??? Im still in vista 64.

    Thanks in advance you guys rock ;D!
     
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    I'd personally get a 5850 and overclock my CPU further.

    But then I've learned to live with slow loading/rendering/saving times after editing hours and hours of footage on Core 2 Duo E4400's with 1GB RAM :/
     
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    I take it as the 5770 being $310, and the 5850 35% more expensive at about $420. Seeing as the 5850 is about 140% more powerful than 5770, I think the 5850 is a slightly better buy. I recommend selling the 4850 for more money to upgrade :D
     
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    5850 here :toast:
     
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    Looks like a lot of people vote for 5850... me too :D
     
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    A compination of 1 and 2. Get the 5850 and more RAM.
    That will help gaming and productivity.
     
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    If you want to game man just upgrade to x64 OS :D
     
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    @Dazzerr:

    I see your point, but mmm i think my CPU it's fine @3.2 i know i can squeeze more out of it but, it's brand new, when it gets older then ill overclock the hell out of it :) Besides let's face it, CPU Oc doesn't give you THAT much game performance, GPU it's key there.

    @Fourstaff:

    Actually the pricing goes like this:

    5770: $250
    5850: $430

    So as you can see, there's a big difference and in my country a normal pay check goes for $550 dollars a month so...we're talking big big money here...

    @NdMk2o1o

    You have a 5770 according to your Specs, you are not happy with it?? Don't you recommend it??

    Thank you all for your answers, i will wait a little longer if the 5850 doesn't drop...well...let's cross that bridge when we get to it :)

    Thanks again guys!
     
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    Oh dear :rolleyes:
     
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    See my specs??? VISTA ULTIMATE 64

    @Kreji

    Man it's about budget, if you make a poll it's because you are trying to choose XD i would take the 2 options like THAT! but i can't that's why i gotta choose.
     
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    5770's are great, I have gone from 2 in crossfire to a single one due to having no pennies :p but It games just fine and at 2048x1152 :)
     
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    Buying a 5770 will give me some spare money to buy 4gigs more of ram ;D what do you think about That combination??

    5770 + 4gigs of ram instead of the 5850 alone??
     
  21. NdMk2o1o

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    Well the extra ram would only help in photoshop etc not gaming though you would also get a nice boost in your games with the 5770, win win situation :toast:
     
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    Im ok with the 4850 performing it's just the 512mb kills her in 1920x1028 :( so maybe a 1gig card with DX11 support will be a nice addittion :) we'll see
     
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    In which case, get the 5770 but it might not be able to pump enough pixels in the near future. Save the extra money for the anticipated 5770 CF then.
     
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    That sir it's a good idea ;)
     
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    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++Infinity on that option
     
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