Upgrading to ATI 5000 Graphics Card

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Johny-47
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Hello, I live in the UK and was waiting for the 400 series of GTX cards to come out but because those cards need alot more power and go much hotter than the higher 5000 series cards for very little performance gain I've chosen to get an ATI card and I'm just wondering which one would be best for straight forward gaming.

The monitor I'm using right now is a Cibox 19" LCD 1440x900 resolution but I'm going to get a 1080p LED monitor soon.

Specs are -

  • CM Storm Scout Mid Tower Case(I've read that this can just fit a Vapor X model of 5870)
  • ASUS M3N72-D nForce SLI Motherboard(I will upgrade to a crossfire motherboard in future)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition(@3.5Ghz)
  • 6GB DDR2 Corsair XMS2(800Mhz)
  • GeForce 9800GT 512MB(small overclock)
  • Corsair HX750 PSU
  • 640GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

 

I have enough saved for the Vapor X model of the 5870, any advice is welcomed.

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Two HD 5870 or one HD 5970 is more than enough for most game. I have two HD 5870 and I can run Crysis in very high, 1920 x 1080. 2x aa at 60 fps in average. GTX 480 is only useful in heavy tessellation such as Heaven benchmark 2.0.

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Thanks, I just ordered a HD 5870 Vapor X, I found one for about £349, I hope what I read about one ATI card working on an SLI board was right, I read that the Vapor X uses even less power at load than the standard model so that should save money too.

I'll think about upgrading my motherboard next to an AM3 Crossfire, but not yet because I'm waiting for the 2Ghz DDR3 memory to come down in price =P

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Ya 5870 CF is not worth it-stick with the one for right now-No game at 1080p requires more than one 5870

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While this is true, you won't get full 60 fps with just one 5870 with Crysis at "very high", 1920x1080 setting. For other games, one HD 5870 is good enough to get at least 60 fps in max setting.

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My general rule of thumb on these matters is to look at the whole and figure out what the gains and negatives are, basically everything said so far..lol

I would buy one very good card before buying two cards. If the money of two cards is the same or cheaper than the one card, do the two cards provide extra game power or bring new issues to contend with? Two cards means more power, more heat, driver bugs and game problems. Besides, most online games limit the FPS rates with a cap of 90FPS or less anyway.

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Thanks for all your replies, I now have a Sapphire 5870 Vapor X =D I love it so far especially in Crysis and Crysis Warhead, they run so smooth, but in GTA IV and the new Epsiodes From Liberty City I get only just more FPS than when I had a 9800GT(I now have the settings maxed out with 5870 of course) but it just randomly 'jerks' I think people call it 'miscrostuttering' is there a way this can be helped?

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Update to latest drivers ad pray-

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