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November 12, 2009 5:23:57 PM

Hello, I am currently building a rig. The specs are:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3 4GB@1600 MHz
PSU: CoolerMaster M620 Real Power

My max resolution is 1280x1024. I know it's low for today's standarts but i'm not planning to change it since it's ok for me. I need to choose among three GPUs: 4890, 5770, 5850. My best choice is 5770 for the moment since i won't see a big difference with 4890 at my resolution and it supports DirectX11. My expectations are to run most games on high for 2 or 3 years if possible.

So help me decide which GPU to buy :)  Should I change anything else(CPU, m/b, ram etc)?
Thank you for your time,
Link_Q

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November 12, 2009 5:38:58 PM

ur all set and the 5770 is an apt choice.....but its no point in having all this power when u r not goin for a bigger display res....u seriously have to start thinking of a new display to get the best out of ur rig.....
a c 147 U Graphics card
November 12, 2009 6:25:03 PM

If you plan to stay at your res then a 5770 is probably just fine and has the DX11 goodness.
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a c 180 U Graphics card
November 12, 2009 6:39:42 PM

Yes, the 5770 is a fine choice for a new build with that resolution.
I'm not critisizing, just making an observation: The MB listed does PCI-E 16/4X in Crossfire, perhaps you might want to re-evaluate and look for one that will do 8/8X in Crossfire, just to leave this option open for the future.
November 12, 2009 7:37:21 PM

coozie7 said:
Yes, the 5770 is a fine choice for a new build with that resolution.
I'm not critisizing, just making an observation: The MB listed does PCI-E 16/4X in Crossfire, perhaps you might want to re-evaluate and look for one that will do 8/8X in Crossfire, just to leave this option open for the future.


Thank you for your answers people!

I don't think I'll do crossfire though because the money i'll save by buying a relatively cheap gpu(5770) could be kept for a future gpu, perhaps next gen.

How long do you think this pc will last and play games with high settings?
a c 147 U Graphics card
November 12, 2009 7:43:48 PM

Your CORE system seems solid with an i5. I upgrade my core syste, (mobo, cpu,mem) every 3 years usually and graphics every year. I tend to sell my graphics card and buy the latest. If you invest in a good core, which you have, it will serve you well for a while. Graphics are constantly changing so that is what you will upgrade the most. A 5770 will give you at least a good year at that resolution. But if I were you I would look at a nice widescreen. They do alot for the gaming experience. Even a nice 21.5-23" would be awesome.
November 12, 2009 7:50:40 PM

I would really like to have one...but I don't have extra cash for it at the moment so it's out of the question. So 1280x1024 is what i have now...
November 12, 2009 8:05:31 PM

Also a friend of mine told me to have a gtx260 instead and pointed out that nvidia is superior to ati. What do you think?
a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2009 8:17:36 PM

link_q said:
Also a friend of mine told me to have a gtx260 instead and pointed out that nvidia is superior to ati. What do you think?



Your friend is generalizing with a statement that seems to be based on his own preferance of nvidia cards and not on facts.

In other words - he's wrong. :) 

Find a card that suits your needs and buy it, no matter if it's nvidia or ati. Don't let yourself be fooled by fanboys, no matter is their shirts are green or red.
November 12, 2009 8:40:47 PM

The best bet is to look at benchmarks.

Cobot couldn't be more correct about fanboism.
November 13, 2009 3:50:09 PM

Yeah, you are right. So, final verdict. Is the rig good? Is 5770 my current best choice?
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 4:18:40 PM

I'd say it would be a good choice if you are sure you will not uppgrade you monitor.

Even if you did get lets say a 1650x1080 monitor, it would still be pretty decent.
a c 180 U Graphics card
November 13, 2009 5:47:40 PM

@ Link_Q: The GTX260 is a fine card, but not, in my opinion a good choice for a new build, your first choice is still the best: HD5770.
As for performance, the HD5770 has a powerful core that gives it very strong performance at 16x10 or lower resolutions:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5770/

And to be honest, I doubt that a HD5770 would be heavily penalised in Crossfire with a PCI-E 2.0 X4 connector anyway, see how the far more powerful 5870 does here:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Expr...
November 13, 2009 6:25:50 PM

I think i'll go for the 5770. It seems to be the best choice. Any advice on the rest of the system?
February 5, 2010 5:51:52 PM

The rest of the rig looks solid.

You'll be able to max your resolution quite easily.
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