4870 or 4850 for a E2200 and 22" Panel?

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  1. MrSimit

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    I am considering getting a 22" LCD panel and a 4870 to use with my current setup (E2200 @3Ghz). Just wondering whether the 4870 will be overkill for my cpu and whether the 4850 will be more than good enough? I'm not a huge gamer but like the occasional bit of FPS, PES, Flight Sim, etc. The reasons I'm looking at the 4870 is for future proofing (non CF mobo) and exhausting heat out of the case.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Lowteckh

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    There is no future proofing. Your decision should be made in relation to your budget; 4870 and 4850 have almost a 2x price difference. As an occasional gamer (the type who doesn't need 100FPS a game and can settle for like 80.. lookit the VGA chart and reviews for performance) the choice would be the 4850, but I mean if you have cash to blow then get the 4870.
     
  3. spanket

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    4850 is plenty for a 22" dooooood, im glad i dint get 4870 everything playz great at 22 rez
     
  4. Zyrocenus

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    4870 all the way man

    If yer lookin to futureproof as you said then I would say 4870. I agree there is no such thing as future proofing but if ya wanna go the longest without needing a replacement then I say 4870. Although the 4850 can get cloce to 4870 levels in terms of Over Clocking it uses DDR3 -4870 uses DDR5- and for as close as the 4850 can get to the 4870 @ stock look how far I pushed mine! No 4850 could hope to get there without liquid nitrogen or de-ionized water tank submersion -theres an idea!-

    however it doesnt sound like you are into overclocking. That again lends to my 4870 arguement. Its faster than the 4850 just at stock and will obselece after the 4850 does. You shouldnt be hurting for a vid card for at least 1.5-2 years as a casual gamer I would think. The 4870 is simply a fantastic performer with alot of room for games etc to grow into.

    Zyro
     

  5. cowie

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    true the 4870 will last longer and is geting cheaper also
     
  6. MrSimit

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    Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards the 4870 and I've now seen a second hand Dell 2408WFP 24" for sale and am considering getting that instead of a 22" monitor.
     
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    22 or 24 ur gona need a 4870 for the best game play
     
  8. fasteddy

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    A 4870's better if only for the standard, dual slot cooler, solution.

    A 4850 plays great too but I thought it ran a bit too hot for my liking, even with the "bretware" fan fix.
     
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    Assuming your going to be playing at 1920x1200 with 4xAA and 16xAF, the 4870 on average is 10-15 fps faster. That's approximately a 20% difference in speeds for almost double the money.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-4870-review--asus/8

    If you have the money to burn then why not get the HD4870? But look at it this way, the HD4870 beats out the HD4850 by such a fairly moderate margin that you'll most probably end up upgrading the card at most a couple months down the road anyway.
     
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    Double the money? 4850 - £120 4870 - £180 well thats in the uk anyways
     

  11. LinkDrive

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    Nearly double. Depending on the fabricator, the 4850 sells for $170 where as the 4870 sells for $280.
     
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    Wtf thats wack for usa prices
     
  13. kapu

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    Allmost same in poland, HD4870 is about double price of HD4850, still was in my range :).
     
  14. LinkDrive

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    For some people the HD4870 is in the general ball park, but for most it's just more cost effective to just get the HD4850 and play it at lower resolutions or tune down the AA or AF a bit. Contrary to popular belief, you can play games at fairly average resolutions with 2xAA and still have the game look amazing even without the use of a high end video card. I can't tell you the number of times my X1600XT has put some Gurus in awe by what it can do compared to its zippier and more musclebound brethren
     
  15. hulksmash

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    I'm using a 4870 OC on a 19" and I still think I need more power o_O
     

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    yeh I was gonna say I have 4870 crossfire on a 20" 1680x1050 screen, and sure its fast but I want more power aswell lol.. so I'd say grab the 4870 because if you get the 4850 you will constantly wish you got the 4870 in the long run :p
     
  17. MrSimit

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    My 4870 is arriving tomorrow (touch wood) and 24" monitor on Friday/Monday. I went to buy the second-hand Dell this afternoon but someone else beat me to it:bang: Ended up ordering a budget model instead. Looking forward to seeing the jump in performance from my x1800.
     
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    Does this "budget model" use TN panel? If yes, it's a pity u couldn't get 2408 with S-PVA panel.
     
  19. [ZoNk]Kostas007

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    almost at the same price of 4870 is 4850 crossfire
    if u have that mobo go for it
     
  20. MrSimit

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    TN I'm afraid. I know - I could have cried when I saw that the Dell had been sold. Still, I'm sure the TN will be an improvement over my 19" CRT.
     

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