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November 29, 2009 6:22:17 PM

Ok Athlon 64 x2 6400
4gb DDR2 800
ASUS M2N SLI Nforce560SLI
XFX 8800GS Alpha Dog 680M

I was thinking another 8800GS but there almost impossible to find now and the 9600GSO's are all 128bit 48 shader instead of 96shaders 192bit. What would be a good route to go just want it to last a little longer

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a c 130 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:30:05 PM

You have pretty much the best graphics card you can get without a bottleneck. From here on out, you're looking at a new upgrade. A motherboard, phenom II processor, and a graphics card will cost you about $300.
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November 29, 2009 6:32:08 PM

now i know thats not right, i got a buddy running the excat same cpu and board with an HD4870 and he beats me easily gaming. I checked an x2 6400 ties an E6550 or beats it and sometimes ties the e6750.
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:36:29 PM

pick up a HD 4870
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a c 177 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:45:35 PM

^ +1
Or a HD5770, it's not quite as fast as the HD4870, but uses a lot less power and runs cooler.
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November 29, 2009 6:47:38 PM

whats better in terms of usabilty for say the next year to year and a half youd say. I play on 12x10
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a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:51:34 PM

The HD 4870 and 5770 are going to perform relatively the same. The HD 4870 will have a few FPS lead over the 5770 in most games, but the 5770 will use less power, output less heat, and supports DirectX 11 which not only allows you to increase the eye candy but also increase performance at the same time in games that support it (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, BattleForge, etc. -- you can look it up on Wikipedia). I am one of the people that actually plays BattleForge, and sometimes I'd just like to see how it compares to an HD 4890 (10.1 vs 11) with all the effects it has on as mine stutters a bit when a lot of things are on the screen.

It's important to note at your resolution (1280x1024) things are pretty CPU-limited even though you may see a performance increase with better cards. Your increases are going to be very limited and you should seriously consider upgrading your CPU next time you feel things slowing down.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:54:52 PM

If you are under XP then get the HD4850, the HD4870 is really too much for that resolution and it uses a lot of power, requiring two 6 pin PCI-E connectors to work.
If you are under Vista/Win 7 then go for the HD5750, it is plenty for that resolution and uses even less power than a HD4850 (both need only one 6 pin PCI-E connector).

EDIT: I had one of those XFX cards and the cooler is horrible: Loud and hot-Avoid them like the Plague unless you want to swap it for something better!
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November 29, 2009 6:55:35 PM

there isnt a compUSA around me they closed there doors last year
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November 29, 2009 6:56:18 PM

im under Windows Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows XP x64 dual boot
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 7:06:10 PM

candle_86 said:
there isnt a compUSA around me they closed there doors last year

today compusa.com=tigerdirect.com=circuitcity.com all the same
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 7:14:39 PM

coozie7 said:
If you are under XP then get the HD4850, the HD4870 is really too much for that resolution and it uses a lot of power, requiring two 6 pin PCI-E connectors to work.
If you are under Vista/Win 7 then go for the HD5750, it is plenty for that resolution and uses even less power than a HD4850 (both need only one 6 pin PCI-E connector).

EDIT: I had one of those XFX cards and the cooler is horrible: Loud and hot-Avoid them like the Plague unless you want to swap it for something better!


I just find it hard to pay a premium for those HD5750/70 cards right now, knowing that they will be cheaper when we start getting releases with DX11. The only thing they have going for them though is how energy efficient they are.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 6:06:02 PM

@ Rolli59: Fair comment.
@ Candle_86: It's your decision obviously, but I'd still go for the HD5770 (and have done so). Despite the price premium, I find it is just so good to have GTX260/HD4870 performance in a card that is so quiet and cool.
Whichever way you go, check the PSU has the connectors and amperage (not just Wattage) to run the card you choose, the HD4870 has a high power draw and needs two 6 pin PCI-E connectors while the HD4850 and HD5770 require only one.
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November 30, 2009 8:21:33 PM

450W Allied unit built by seasonic though its got 16A over 2 rails on the 12V though no PCIe connector my 8800GS runs with an adaptor, I bought the PSU when 939 came out but PCIe wasnt common yet
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a c 177 U Graphics card
December 1, 2009 7:01:47 PM

That will be fine for the HD5770 but should be upgraded for the HD4850 and must be upgraded for a HD4870.
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