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Video Card Dilemma

EliminationElimination Registered User regular
Alright, i have a bit of a dilemma. I am a bit short on $ but i saved up enough on the side for an upgrade to my video card. (My current one is starting to cause problems, generally not performing as well as i'd like it to.)

A guy has offered to give me an ATI HD 4870, in the 512mb variety for $140 cdn straight up. I was going to buy this card originally, but as i said, even that little bit of difference in money would be nice for me. I have been looking at benchmarks and the 4870 appears to come out on top (even if marginally so.) but the 5770 has more of the latest tech in it. I know at this point in time DX11 is not well supported, and probably wont be for another generation of cards or so at the least. The 4870 seems like a really good deal, i mean the 5770 there is 204 plus tax and shipping, it comes out to a fair amount more money.

Which should i take? Btw the 4870 is brand new. I also run all my games at 1440x900 so i am aware that the 1gb vs 512mb is virtually meaningless at my resolution, especially since the 4870's is GDDR5 at 256 bandwidth while the 5770's is 128.

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  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Hah, problem solved. The guy offered to take my old video card off my hands plus $40, and he will give me the 4870 for that. Pretty sweet deal.

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  • RynaRyna Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    4870 is a rock'n'roll card. You'll be running maximum details with most games at 1440x900...

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Well, it's a lot better than the 4850 I own, and my 4850 already does a really great job. You're really good to go.

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  • General_WinGeneral_Win Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Your porn will look fantastic. The flesh tones look amazing.

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  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    This thing also overclocks like a champ, i just installed it. It oc'd safely to way higher than expected. Very happy camper right now, and it beats out the 5770's performance by a fair margin when OC'd.

    Only issue i have is i am not used to their Catalyst anymore, it's changed a lot since i last used an ATI. How do i force Anti Aliasing through the control center on specific games?

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    create a profile with AA on, set a hotkey combo for it, and add the game exe. When you press, say, alt+shift+x, it will start the game with AA on. You can also set a higher fan speed in that profile too.

    Most games these days only have AA when it's set to "application control" on Catalyst.

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  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    create a profile with AA on, set a hotkey combo for it, and add the game exe. When you press, say, alt+shift+x, it will start the game with AA on. You can also set a higher fan speed in that profile too.

    Most games these days only have AA when it's set to "application control" on Catalyst.

    I figured it out. I forgot ATI Tray tools exsisted. That's the program i used to use ages ago, still works just fine for the random couple of games that need the AA forced on them. If i could run things at a higher res wouldn't be such a problem.

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