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I'm thinking over between 4850 and 4830, help me decide please!

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  1. oferst New Member

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    Hello, I'm new here :)

    I'm probably buying a new computer today, and I'd like to ask you which graphics card to take, 4850 or 4830.
    I currently have WinXP and I'll continue to play on WinXP, I'm not going to install Vista.
    The CPU I'll buy will be Intel's Core Dou 5200.
    My screen's maximum resolution is 1024x768 and I'm going to stay with this screen, this means I'll play with resolution not higher than 1024x768.
    And I'm not going to OC.

    Radeon 4830 costs 171.75 bucks, Radeon 4850 on the other hand costs 203 bucks.

    So which one should I buy profit-wise?
    Is there a gap between the performance of the two in 1024x768?

    Thanks in advance:)
     
  2. BrooksyX

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    I would just go with the 4850. Its not that much more and it will perform way better.

    Oh and hate to tell you this but technically the e5200 isn't a core 2 duo. Its only a pentium dual core. Like it really matters though.

    Good luck on the new build.
     
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    Welcome:toast:

    And +1 on the 4850. Its more future-proof. The 4830 is good for HTPCs or light light gaming.
     
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    Thanks, I kinda knew that thing about e5200 I just forgot it :).
     
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    The performance between the 4830 and the 4850 is minimal just like the price difference. The only huge advantage of the 4850 range is that you can get 1GB cards, these offer better performance at higher resolutions in games that have large textures (GTA4 is a great example).

    If you have the money to spend then I'd recommend the 4850 1GB, if not then go for whatever price fits best!

    The E5200 is an excellent value for money CPU to buy and although it's marketed as 'Pentium Dual Core', so Brooksyx is right, it's the same basic architecture as any true 'Core2Duo' and performs like it too. Overclocks really well too if you fancy a bit more performance at no extra cost.
     
  6. oferst New Member

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    In "higher resolutions" do you mean higher than 1024x768 or higher texture resolutions? I don't understand in these things so much.
    Oh and btw the 4830 is Sapphire and 4850 is Palit, does it make any difference?
    Oh and yes both of them are 512MB.
    And thanks!
     
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    On your monitor, unless you plan to get a bigger one, there is no need to spend the extra money on a 1GB 4850. It would basically go unused. Stick with a regular 4850. The 4830, like said above, are great for HTPC's, and do-able as a standalone card, but the 4850 makes it so you won't have to upgrade for a while.
     
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    4830 is like a 4670 and is like a low-low mid end card. Stick with a 4850.
     
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    It's nothing like a 4670, it has a RV770LE as the GPU which is the same GPU as the 4850 and the 4870 with 160 less SP's. It's very easy to turn the GPU on the 4830 up to 700mhz+. And at 700mhz the 4830 is then as fast as a 4850 and quiet a bit cheaper. Pretty much you can clock the GPU and the memory on the 4830 can be clocked up to the same speed that any 4850's can, but it will suffer a bit because those missing SPs if you clock a 4850 the same, but like I said once at 700mhz it's as fast as a stock 4850.

    4670's come from a cheaper parts bin, the RV770 isn't no cheap parts pin. It's just they clocked it way down. If you governed a Ferrari to 25mph it's still a Ferrari and still fast, just needs to have that governor removed.
     

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