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October 13, 2009 5:46:08 AM

I'm searching for a graphics card capable of running WoW on Ultra settings at stable FPS (60+ outside of cities and in cities if possible with my current hardware) and >30 FPS in 10-man raids (and 25-man if possible).

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64-bit Windows 7 Professional | Currently using an EVGA 9500GT 512mb card which cost me around $60 a few months ago. I'm on a budget so the max I will spend is $160, excluding shipping.

I would be running the game at a resolution of 1680x1050. And if you recommend me a video card could you tell me why it's good and what performance I should expect from it?

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Need new GFX card to run WOW on Ultra
1680x1050 resolution
less than $160

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October 13, 2009 10:04:46 AM

The most powerful gfx cards that fit your budget are the Radeon 4870 with 1 gig of memory or the nVidia GTX 260 216

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The nVidia card is a little more expensive but is a very close match for performnce if you get the 216 models

Look on the WOW support site to see if WOW is better with ATI or nVidia hardware . Some games favour one or the other

Your psu will be enough for either of these cards
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October 13, 2009 3:03:36 PM

what about the hd5770? supports dx11 and everything...
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October 13, 2009 9:14:21 PM

the 5750/5770 should be fine
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October 13, 2009 9:15:09 PM

Yes, the 5770 is just about as powerful as the 4870 and has Dx11 (though who knows how long before wow adopts dx11). Right now the 4870 is cheaper so its kind of a short vs long term tradeoff.
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October 13, 2009 9:18:38 PM

Anyone know the dimensions of the card? I had them for another card but had no idea how to read them. They were 20.8x11x3.81
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October 13, 2009 9:20:10 PM

I believe the 5770 is 8.5 long...google it
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October 13, 2009 9:31:48 PM

The card I do buy will stay in my system for more than a year. Remember this is for WoW only... the 5750 or 5770, and I'm on a budget. I still need to buy the latest WoW expansion.
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October 13, 2009 9:48:36 PM

5750 vs. 5770...other than the obvious speed differences, the 5750's fan will blow hot air back in to the case vs the 5770 pushing it out the back. The 5750 will take less power than the 5770. Hows your case? If you have plenty of airflow the 5750 shouldn't make much of a difference to your sys temps really. Your PSU will power either one easily. If you are keeping it for a year I'd def go 5770, as speeds are only at 4870 speeds. Just an opinion:) 
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October 13, 2009 9:49:52 PM

WoW addict
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October 13, 2009 10:13:06 PM

obsidian86 said:
WoW addict


Not really, but I hope not.
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October 13, 2009 10:31:19 PM

comon; raiding once a week say tuesday with ur buds isn't a wow addict :) 
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October 13, 2009 10:32:50 PM

the 5770 or 5750 will do you more than a year at least plus they have nice features eyefinity, DX11 support. who knows wow might support DX11 in the future :p 
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October 14, 2009 4:34:14 AM

The 5750 and the 5770 both have 128bit memory interface and both will take a *** when graphics get intense. Go with the GTX260 or 4879/90 with 1gig of ram.
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October 14, 2009 5:40:48 PM

The 5770 performs about the same as a 4870 in both Toms and Anadtechs reviews. That probably means right about the same once the drivers get optimized. It costs a little more for the extra features. If you are going to make a performance failure claim, back it up with something.
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October 16, 2009 11:40:17 PM

dndhatcher said:
The 5770 performs about the same as a 4870 in both Toms and Anadtechs reviews. That probably means right about the same once the drivers get optimized. It costs a little more for the extra features. If you are going to make a performance failure claim, back it up with something.


Hope I did a good job writing this.......

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/10/13/am...

"In our performance evaluations, the Radeon HD 5770 performed well, but didn't set the world on fire - the comparative lack of memory bandwidth severely limits the card's potential when compared to the Radeon HD 4890, which has the same engine clock as this new mid-ranged 5000 series card. What's more, we found that the card was also slower than the GeForce GTX 260-216 and Radeon HD 4870 1GB - especially when anti-aliasing was enabled - but it does manage to keep its head well above the Radeon HD 4850, though."
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October 18, 2009 3:41:45 PM

Good link. With AA on the 5770 did fall behind the 4870 a couple FPS.

The 2560x1600 ratings are interesteing but kind of pointless. No one spending the money for a monitor of that resolution is going to consider anything less than a 5850.
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