ATI radeon 4850 vs 4870

By Atwooooood
Nov 16, 2008
  1. so ive been saving my pennies these past few weeks with plans on purchasing an Asus ATI Radeon HD 4850.

    I just went on newegg to check on it today, and noticed that the card i was going to get is only available as an "open box". what exactly does that mean? refurbished? returned item?

    i also noticed on the "mid range buying guide" on techspot that they changed it from the 4850 to the 4870.

    The 4850 was 180 before but now the open box product is like 135. Should i get that, or should i dish out the extra cash ($244) for the 4870.

    My pc wont be specifically for gaming since i game mostly on my 360, but i still want to be able to play some of the latest titles on my computer.

    any recommendations?
  2. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 261

    I would just get the 4870. Also, consider the Sapphire 4850 if you don't want to spend the extra cash.
  3. Atwooooood

    Atwooooood TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 63

    thank you =]
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    You should make sure you have a PSU that is upto the task, since either card draws a good amount of power from the +12V rail, and running it with an inadequate, generic PSU will endanger your system.
  5. Atwooooood

    Atwooooood TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 63

    ill make sure of that rage, thank you for mentioning that.
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