Do I need a new GPU?

lmnlm3

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I just put together my new i5 2500k build after my LGA775 mobo fried (warranty still, but time to upgrade anyway) The graphics card I was using for a while (music production and light gaming) is a 4650 (512mb) This is the only thing I have laying around.

I'll go ahead and assume that this will still beat the HD3000 on my cpu?

Either way, how much does this card suck right now? How much awe would I experience if I man up and get something like a 6850 or the Gigabyte (silent cooled) 5770 (music production, remember? silent=good) I know what I have is fine for waveform rendering in my music production, but what about gaming? Or light video editing/encoding? (i.e. soundtracking, not aftereffects or anything)

BTW, the games I play are mostly SOURCE engine or similar (Newest game I have is probably Assassin's Creed II)

Am I good for another year until the 7k series comes out?

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!!
 
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I'd recommend at least a 6850. My older 5850 is slightly faster than the 6850 and it can still struggle at SOME games at 1680x1050.

However the majority of games it runs well on max settings at this resolution.

The 6850 will do you fine until you upgrade your monitor to HD 1080.

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You did not specified how much you want to spend and at what resolution you play games. As a reference, eider the 5770 or the 6850 will be a big improvement over your 4650(witch by the way is much faster than Intel integrated graphics) .

In your case i would go for a 6850 since it is faster than a 5770. You can play assassins creed II at 1080p resolution with any of these two.

But before you buy one, check if your PSU can handle it.
 

lmnlm3

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Thanks for the quick reply!

Good to know that it's better than the sandy bridge at least!

the 4650 runs ACII at 1680x1050 without any problems, most settings are high.

I suppose I notice all of these DX11 games coming out (DiRT3, right?) and not sure when my 4650 will *need* replacing.

Also, I have a 750 watt PCP&C psu, it has 2 6pin PCI and 2 6+2pin PCIe plugs, so I'm good for almost anything (can't cf 2 cards that need double 8pins, but idk if there are any...)

If I just want to play TF2 and do some film scoring (think iMovie, not FinalCut - I'm on OSX btw) I should be ok for a bit, yeah?

for how much I would spend, I would feel comfortable paying UNDER 150 (so like cards that are 140 then $20MIR so 120 if it goes through kind of deal)

afaik 6870 is the new 5770 (numbering change?) but perhaps a 5770 will do me well in 6 months after a price drop when the 7850 comes out...

WWGFD?
 
I'd recommend at least a 6850. My older 5850 is slightly faster than the 6850 and it can still struggle at SOME games at 1680x1050.

However the majority of games it runs well on max settings at this resolution.

The 6850 will do you fine until you upgrade your monitor to HD 1080.
 
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lmnlm3

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I just got teh 4650 working on hackintosh, so I'll keep that until I can get something that's worth getting and has full compatibility.

Right now the main card (that comes in the Mac Pro) is a 5770 and that seems to be not THAT much better than what I have...

So when Apple upgrades the Mac Pro I'll probably pick up whatever card they use next (I just can't roll with the green team, sorry!)