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OK, I am going to invest $100 in a new card and sell my current one.

Since I don't game @anything higher than my TV's native res I figured a 4850 or a 4830 would be the best selection.

It has to have native HDMI support so my choices are down to these:

 

Powercolor 4830

or

Powercolor 4850

 

According to our very own review of the 4830 it should come awful close to a 4850 when clocked higher.

I know we are only talking $40 difference between the two but in your expert opinion, is it even necessary to consider anything more than these two cards for my set-up? I may be getting a cheap quad(q8300, q9400) later on.

 

Assuming I can sell my 3870 for $50-$60 is it worth the upgrade to a 4830/4850?

I don't need anyone saying why don't you get nVidia 285 or 260, or a 4870 not interested thanks. My current resolution wouldnt need that kind of power and I am not planning a monitor/HDTV upgrade anytime soon.

 

Please only comment on these two cards I linked please. :thumbs-up:

Thanks.

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What is your TV's native resolution?

 

And choose the performance you want, HD 4830 overclocked can perform better than the HD4850, but an HD4850 can perform even better.

I would go for the HD4850

 

EDIT: just saw your native resolution. Now that I saw it, go for the HD 4830 instead ;)

Edited by Darkfuneral1337

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I'd get whichever is the cheapest since both will serve all of your needs absolutely fine.

 

The sapphire 4830 ($101.64 and $91.64 with rebate) is the cheapest after rebate/tax/shipping, and then the cheapest 4850 after tax/shipping/rebate is also a Sapphire($155.14 and $140.14 after rebate). There is a HIS 4850 ($149.79 and $139.79 after rebate) that actually comes out cheaper after the rebate than the Sapphire by 35 cents but I like the Sapphire better.

 

Also here's a Visiontek 4850 on ebay for $125.00 final price (visiontek also has a lifetime warranty) The only downer with this is that it's the original reference cooler.

 

The bargain hunter has spoken!

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someone on here is selling the 4850 for $100. should buy it off of them.

 

but on the topic most benchmarks show anything under 1920x1200 the 4830 is side by side of the 4850. i guess 640steams is enough for any current game.

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someone on here is selling the 4850 for $100. should buy it off of them.

 

but on the topic most benchmarks show anything under 1920x1200 the 4830 is side by side of the 4850. i guess 640steams is enough for any current game.

ya ati really didn't do much with their tons of streams and it seems to be more of a selling point (unlike nvidia's bump from 192 to 216 which made the 260 go from weaker than a 4870 to slightly better). I really hope ATI/AMD can make better use of their hundreds of sp in the next generation, I think they will have more sp's too.

 

Good recommendation with the OCC member selling the 4850, worth looking into as well!

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i might buy that 3870 off of you, i'v been itching to flash a 3870 to a Firegl V7700

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i might buy that 3870 off of you, i'v been itching to flash a 3870 to a Firegl V7700

ooh cool I have always been interested in doing that. Though I've never had to do any 3d work that required quite that dedicated level of hardware/driver support but always wanted to try it.

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yeah i guess it's iffy, either it works or you have a dead card. something about a "efuse" from what google has told me for the last hour of reading.

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yeah i guess it's iffy, either it works or you have a dead card. something about a "efuse" from what google has told me for the last hour of reading.

i think bios flashing can never truly ruin your card as long as you have a secondary one to use to reflash the old bios back on or are able to blindly flash the original bios back on.

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you all know I hate double posting but i had to say that there is a promotion code for $20 off the Sapphire 4850 making it much more worth while! i don't know how long it will last but it just came up on slickdeals.net so I thought I'd share!

code:EMCABCHAH

 

the new total after rebate would be $118.74!

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