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I5 /Win 7homebuild - video card?

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October 21, 2009 12:02:33 PM

Here's my list of items I'm going to purchase in the next week for my first homebuilt system.

Going for Win 7 Ultimate w/ the i5 2.66.

My computer use at home is for general web surfing, MS Office programs, and mild video/picture editing.

Virtually no gaming, but cannot rule it out in the future.

I need a recommendation for the video card to compliment the items listed below.

If you have any changes to my list, PLEASE reply so I don't F this up!

After much reading, I've narrowed it down to the following graphics cards for consideration (Newegg):

SAPHIRE 100284L
ATI RADEON HD5770
GIGABYTE GV-R77D5-1GB-B
FS HD-575X-ZNFC
HIS H577F1GDG

Items to purchase in the next week:
Case: Storm Scout
Card Reader: Atech Pro-Gear XM-5U
DVD Drive: Plextor Black 24X
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb
Power Supply: Corsair 550W
Processor: i5
MOBO: Asus P7P55D Pro
Ram: G Skil Ripjaw 4gb DDR3-1600 PC12800
October 21, 2009 12:08:09 PM

The difference in performance between the 5770s and 5850s is pretty large, if there's some way you can manage it, I'd try to tweak the budget to include that card. If you absolutely can't afford it, and have to go with the 5770, the only manufacturer I would preferentially recommend is XFX for their double lifetime warranty. Otherwise, there isn't too much difference between the manufacturers, and I typically go with the best deals I can find at the time of purchase.
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October 21, 2009 12:09:38 PM

wathman said:
The difference in performance between the 5770s and 5850s is pretty large, if there's some way you can manage it, I'd try to tweak the budget to include that card. If you absolutely can't afford it, and have to go with the 5770, the only manufacturer I would preferentially recommend is XFX for their double lifetime warranty. Otherwise, there isn't too much difference between the manufacturers, and I typically go with the best deals I can find at the time of purchase.



I want something w/ a HDMI on the card, so you make the call.
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October 21, 2009 12:10:27 PM

panama67 said:
Here's my list of items I'm going to purchase in the next week for my first homebuilt system.

Going for Win 7 Ultimate w/ the i5 2.66.

My computer use at home is for general web surfing, MS Office programs, and mild video/picture editing.

Virtually no gaming, but cannot rule it out in the future.

I need a recommendation for the video card to compliment the items listed below.

If you have any changes to my list, PLEASE reply so I don't F this up!

After much reading, I've narrowed it down to the following graphics cards for consideration (Newegg):

SAPHIRE 100284L
ATI RADEON HD5770
GIGABYTE GV-R77D5-1GB-B
FS HD-575X-ZNFC
HIS H577F1GDG

Items to purchase in the next week:
Case: Storm Scout
Card Reader: Atech Pro-Gear XM-5U
DVD Drive: Plextor Black 24X
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb
Power Supply: Corsair 550W
Processor: i5
MOBO: Asus P7P55D Pro
Ram: G Skil Ripjaw 4gb DDR3-1600 PC12800



* Want video card w/ HDMI *
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October 21, 2009 12:32:34 PM

All HD5000 cards to date have HDMI ports... (note: and all upcoming cards from $20 to $500 will have it too!)...
Didn't you say that you're not much interested in gaming?..
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October 21, 2009 1:04:01 PM

FYI: I want the HDMI just in case I want to upgrade my monitor.
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October 22, 2009 3:32:58 AM

Regarding picture quality...

Is it better to use HDMI or DVI if your video card and LCD can accept both?
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October 22, 2009 12:12:06 PM

quality-wise, the video signals are interchangeable. HDMI just gives you the convenience of transmitting full digital audio along the same cable. I'm pretty sure the latest HDMI revision even includes the possibility of hooking up ethernet, mainly for televisions that can support it.
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October 22, 2009 12:18:51 PM

Since you arent interested in gaming the 5 series is wayyyy more GPU than you should be buying. Get a 4670 or 4650, both will handle light gaming tasks well and breeze through daily multitasking while costing significantly less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for DVI or HDMI they both electrically carry the same signal so the image quality should be identical.
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