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Upgrade from 8800GTS to Radeon 5770 worth it?

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October 22, 2009 10:00:59 AM

I'm wondering what everyone's opinion is on upgrading my 8800GTS 320 MB with a Radeon 5770. I'm getting a deal on a 5770 for probably around ~$90. (long story). I'm wondering if I'll see a noticeable increase in performance and if it's really worth it. I have a E6750 processor and I only run games at 1024 x 768 since I still use my old CRT.

I figure a decent card for $100 with DirectX11 isn't bad. Don't know what I'll do with my old 8800 though.
October 22, 2009 10:12:43 AM

Only if you get a better monitor.
a c 147 U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 10:48:36 AM

if you want to play DX11 titles then its ok to get 5770
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October 22, 2009 11:05:11 AM

1024x 768 tho!
October 22, 2009 11:11:41 AM

why do you play on such low res!?!

You must have 14" CRT monitor. Currently you can get a VERY DECENT CRT at least 20" for under $30 probably. Stop killing your eyes. a 20" will be able to do 1600x1200 and you wont believe how much difference it is in gaming.

I would rather spend $100 on a decent LCD (you can get even 20" LCD for about $100) than spend it on new card in your case

It will be Laughable to have 5770 DX11 and play 1024 on 14" 20 year old CRT
a c 147 U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 11:14:38 AM

but some people do that and i know alot of them :D 
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 12:03:16 PM

amdfangirl said:
Only if you get a better monitor.

+1
Seriously, even your current GPU is overkill for that resolution.
I would recommend upgrading to a new 22"+ display before even considering a new GPU.
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 12:18:05 PM

Investing in a bigger LCD monitor is the best upgrade for your gaming as well as for your eyes.
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 12:39:24 PM

To answer your question, you won't notice the difference if you upgrade to that GPU because your resolution limits the GPU.
October 22, 2009 1:22:51 PM

So you're saying the 8800GTS and 5770 will perform the same at 1024 x 768? I highly doubt that. That's all I care about. If I cared about performance at high resolutions, I'd get a 5850 or better. I'd rather run at a lower resolution with higher quality settings than sacrifice quality for resolution. I don't like LCDs. I like the flexibility in resolution that CRTs give me, plus the color accuracy is much better. I'm not getting a new monitor until I build a new computer, which probably won't be for another year or two. If I can get an extra 10-20 frames out of Crysis and no more stuttering around certain areas in Far Cry 2, then I'll be satisfied.
October 22, 2009 2:02:06 PM

the 5770 ofcourse will have higher framerates in games but u can only notice difference in playing experience when u r playing heavy graphics intensive games like crysis on high settings. If u r for example playing half life then u may not see any difference in playing experience since u will get decent playable framerates in highest settings with that card in that resolution. That is true for most of the games which u can play at high settings and still get decent framerates like 45fps. the extra framerates will only have a benefit of show-off becoz u cannot make the game settings any higher.
October 22, 2009 2:03:54 PM

If u want to be satisfied with crysis and farcry2 and want to play the highest possible settings in that resolution with all bells and whistles then 5770 will satisfy u without a single doubt. Even in higher resolution than urs a 5770 can play crysis with high settings without problems
a b U Graphics card
October 22, 2009 5:42:29 PM

What are your framerates now for Crysis and FC2?
October 22, 2009 6:04:21 PM

5770 > 8800GTS easily. Buy yourself a new monitor as well so you can get a bigger view and enjoy all the eye candy for DX11 games like Alien vs Predator and Dirt 2.
October 22, 2009 6:22:12 PM

Maxor, i used to think the exact same way you do, i loved my CRTs. I'm a digital artist and really enjoyed the crisp pixels and colour integrity of the CRT display, i also thought all LCD (etc) monitors lacked sufficient clarity to do small details, so i kept the CRTs for years. Last year though i finally decided to get myself a really nice Samsung Syncmaster T220 and i have not looked back, it is a screen of amazingly high quality, it is a joy to look at and not have any flickering or scan-lines. Headaches have gone too. Flat-screens really have finally evolved to far outperform CRT monitors, hands-down. It also saves a tonne of room on my desk. I still have a large CRT to the left of the flat screen as my secondary monitor, as it's a high quality CRT and didn't want to part with it. I also couldn't afford a second flat screen.

One more thing, i no longer have to put up with that annoying high-frequency whistling when the second monitor is switched off.

Come into the modern age and treat yourself man.
October 22, 2009 7:23:57 PM

S3 @ 1024x768,,AHHHH those were the days,felt like a million,whew that was a day or two by gone,eh what :)  :) ..
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a b U Graphics card
December 4, 2009 4:58:18 AM

I have a 8800 ultra with a 27 inch monitor max res 1920x1200 (dell screen) and i was thinking about upgrading to a 5770 or a 5850 aswell, I have about 200-300 dollars to spend on a new graphics card, Which one should i go with?

i have a Q6600
a b U Graphics card
December 4, 2009 7:22:49 AM

Welcome to the forums!

I would defiantly recommend getting the 5850.
While the 5770 will be faster than your current 8800 Ultra, it will not be much faster.

Your current GPU is about as powerful as the current GTS 250.
The GTS 250 either matches or falls just behind a 5770 in gaming performance (Benchmarks).
The 5850, on the other hand, is about twice as powerful as your current GPU.

As a side note, in the future it would probably be better to open a new thread for this.
Threads that have had no comments for a week or two are generally considered dead and should not be revived.
a b U Graphics card
December 4, 2009 7:28:25 AM

The 5770 would not do much justice to your 27 inch monitor. HD5850 or HD5870 is the way for you. But HD5870 is a bit more expensive.
December 5, 2009 3:51:01 AM

Maxor127 said:
I'm wondering what everyone's opinion is on upgrading my 8800GTS 320 MB with a Radeon 5770. I'm getting a deal on a 5770 for probably around ~$90. (long story). I'm wondering if I'll see a noticeable increase in performance and if it's really worth it. I have a E6750 processor and I only run games at 1024 x 768 since I still use my old CRT.

I figure a decent card for $100 with DirectX11 isn't bad. Don't know what I'll do with my old 8800 though.


i was able to sell my xfx 8800gt 512 MB (which is better than your card) for about $120 (i threw in some games and it still had a lifetime warranty) on ebay....

I figure you might be able to net about $50 after fees... if you can get a 5770 for $90 it might be a good idea.

on the flip side at 1024x768, even the card you have now is overkill
i was able to run L4D2 on my 1900x1200 LCD using a hd4350 (grant with most of the eye candy off) at playable frame rates
December 5, 2009 3:53:49 AM

Maxor127 said:
So you're saying the 8800GTS and 5770 will perform the same at 1024 x 768? I highly doubt that. That's all I care about. If I cared about performance at high resolutions, I'd get a 5850 or better. I'd rather run at a lower resolution with higher quality settings than sacrifice quality for resolution. I don't like LCDs. I like the flexibility in resolution that CRTs give me, plus the color accuracy is much better. I'm not getting a new monitor until I build a new computer, which probably won't be for another year or two. If I can get an extra 10-20 frames out of Crysis and no more stuttering around certain areas in Far Cry 2, then I'll be satisfied.


it sounds like you already made you decision, you should get it for far cry and crysis

but for most games your talking 8800 giving you 100 Frame/sec while the 5770 gives you 200 frames/sec

better performance, but no one would be able to tell the difference
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2009 6:16:38 AM

Maxor127,

After you install the 5770, let us know how much of a performance gain you notice, ie are your games really that much smoother than before. They were very smooth before but I want to know what the new card did for you.
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