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Don't Know Which Video Card to Buy in USD~$300 Range

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#76
So if it doesn't make a difference, I guess I should just go back to the ~$300 give or take price range and either buy a XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD-585X-ZAFC and overclock it or buy one of those used XFX Radeon HD 5870s.

Then again, the reference design coolers are beneficial to me because I don't have a HAF-level cooling performance.
 
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If I bid on the reference HD5850, at what total price should I stop bidding?
 
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pmed you
 
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If it's truely reference I'd pay up to $320 - shipping on it...they are hard to find.

The best card to buy is the MSI Twin Frozer cards hands down. Then reference, then ASUS, then other crap.

XFX advertises the greatest and best warranty, but when you actually deal with their RMA dept. for once you will know what I mean. They wouldn't take my AM2 motherboard back last year because it was missing the LGA socket cover. The one that doesn't exist because AMD uses a ZIF socket not an LGA one. I told them it was an AMD board and two weeks later they admitted it was their wrong. I had a support ticket open for three months trying to get a stupid RMA.
 
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#81
What if I went out with a bit more and got the reference HD5870? $380 - $17 shipping = $363 (max price I'm going to bid) worth it? The reference HD 5870 is currently at $347 - $17 = $330 and I have to bid $5 dollars higher so $352. Or maybe since I can post in the buy/sell/trade forum, I should create a thread asking who wants to sell their reference XFX Radeon HD 5850 or HD 5870...?
 
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How much faster on average across all resolutions and also specifically 1920 x 1080 (using the most recent drivers) is the HD5870 compared to the HD5850?

Will an 11-inch long HD5870 obstruct any thing besides 2 hard drive allocations in an Antec Three Hundred case?

EDIT: I guess the HD5870 isn't worth it over the HD5850 with it's longer length and higher power consumption.

EDIT 2: Any suggestions as to bidding increments, and when to bid in order to increase probability of winning (based on your experience and trends on eBay auctions)?
 
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Will an 11-inch long HD5870 obstruct any thing besides 2 hard drive allocations in an Antec Three Hundred case?
There I can help you. I have an Antec Three Hundred, and I don't think an 11 inch card would fit.

My tape showed only 10.5 inches before hitting the drive cage. At best you would have to remove disks, but then top power connectors may be a problem.

Can't be sure as I have a rather small 4670 in that system, but it doesn't look good to me.
 
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Okay, nevermind! I found out that the HD5870 could when I saw a few pictures and a video earlier. Thanks for the help! I just hope a Radeon HD 5870 won't block airflow.