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Upgrading Radeon HD 5770 1GB help?

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March 7, 2014 5:41:17 PM

Hi there, I am a complete computer newbie, I bought a fully assembled rig four years ago and now I am looking to slowly teach myself to assemble the bits and bobs and eventually build one from scratch, but that being said, I figured that my aging graphics card would be an easy place to start. From my understanding, graphics cards aren't universal, but I have no idea which pieces are different.
I currently have a Radeon HD 5770 1GB .

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week, sooner is better than later

BUDGET RANGE: USD $200-250, but I can be persuaded to up it if need be

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly, I am hoping to play games like Thief, Bioshock, Skyrim etc. at on high, or highest settings. I want one that can keep up with newer games as they are being released and eventually used for Elder Scrolls online on the upper end of the settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: I currently have a Radeon HD 5770 1GB . Power Supply: 800w, one six 'pin' power connector for GPU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 260 Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None, really.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Not sure what this is

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I also have no clue about this one either.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Primary: 1600x900 Secondary: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My new card must have the two slots for monitors, I’m spoiled now, can’t go without ‘em. I also don’t want to have to start missing with the mass of cords that is my power supply, so I am unfortunately stuck to my 6 pin, single connection for now. And of course, one that is similar in dimensions to my current card. I have no idea which case I have nor the dimensions, so not really sure how big I could go with it. I know I have a good 5-7 inches of vertical space for the card, I’m just concerned about the length really. What is the best way to measure my dimensions to see what will fit? Is it based on the mother board or just the case interior?

CARDS I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT:
I have been looking at the following cards, and at this point I have kind of hit a wall. Like I said, not a clue what numbers mean what and what’s compatible with what and the like. I am assuming most of these cards won’t fit my computer, that’s fine. Just recommend something to me that is a good fit.

MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB
EVGA 02G-P4-2763-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB
XFX Double Dissipation R7-260X-CDF4 Radeon R7 260X 2GB


Sorry for any silly questions, I have no idea what I am doing but I want to learn! Any advice would be much appreciated! If I forgot anything, please let me know, I will update ASAP!!



March 7, 2014 5:56:03 PM

if you dont upgrade the cpu+gpu, cards above HD5770 will be dragged down by your current cpu. find a second hand phenom II x4 965 + GTX 660, not too much, not too little.
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March 7, 2014 6:46:11 PM

@razvan_mz Thanks for the reply, unfortunately I don't really understand it. What do you mean by dragged down? So could my cpu be causing a lot of my frames issues or is that still the graphics card? If I would replace just teh graphics card, how much of a waste of time would it be? And would replacing the CPU be as easy as unscrewing the fan and changing it out (in general) ? Where would you recommend that I look for a reliable used CPU?

Anyways, thank you soooo much for answering, I really really appreciate it!
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March 8, 2014 3:23:28 AM

Serrahfina said:
@razvan_mz Thanks for the reply, unfortunately I don't really understand it. What do you mean by dragged down? So could my cpu be causing a lot of my frames issues or is that still the graphics card? If I would replace just teh graphics card, how much of a waste of time would it be? And would replacing the CPU be as easy as unscrewing the fan and changing it out (in general) ? Where would you recommend that I look for a reliable used CPU?

Anyways, thank you soooo much for answering, I really really appreciate it!


what i mean is that it will be bottleneck with your cpu. ex: you have a GTX 660 you put it in your system, it should score about 4000 3dmarks. but in your case, will be lets say 2000, which is almost equivalent to HD 5770. the new card could not stretch its legs properly, you also need a quad core for framerates, not to drop. I also have a dual core and sometimes it's a pain in the ass. I don't know any second hand in your area. sorry.
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March 12, 2014 1:02:07 PM

Thank you very much, I think a new CPU is probably a good way to go. Since I haven't been able to locate any phenom II x4 965 + GTX 660, do you have another recommendation or will I just have to spring for a new one from amazon?

A friend recommended that I upgrade my RAM instead, but I don't see how that would help with the bottlenecking situation, is that a viable option?

Again, thank you so much.
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