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December 2, 2009 5:17:24 PM

Hi all. Thinking of building a gaming system for £500-£550.

This is what I have currently, however, I'm just wondering if I should use my current 19" monitor with the 5770 or get a new monitor and card (lower price). Which do you think?


550W Corsair £62.68

Antec Three Hundred £43.95

Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22x DVD±R £17.22

AMD Athlon II X2 240 £43.67

Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H £66.09

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600) £84.69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, Single, - OEM £79.43

1GB XFX HD5770, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 1200MHz £119.95


Thanks very much for your help :bounce: 
a c 140 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 2, 2009 6:24:48 PM

A 5770 on a 19" LCD would do just fine. You should be able to crank up alot of settings as it is a relatively low resolution.

that is a pretty good low cost gamer, I like it. I think you would be less happy with anything lower than a 5770. Maybe a 5750. Just save for a larger monitor later.
December 2, 2009 6:32:05 PM

jay2tall said:
A 5770 on a 19" LCD would do just fine. You should be able to crank up alot of settings as it is a relatively low resolution.

that is a pretty good low cost gamer, I like it. I think you would be less happy with anything lower than a 5770. Maybe a 5750. Just save for a larger monitor later.


Thanks very much :)  Much appreciated.
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a c 140 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 2, 2009 6:44:21 PM

The 5xxx are great cards. I wouldn't dip much lower than those on a new system. A 5770 will be great at 1280x1024
December 7, 2009 2:06:20 PM

jay2tall said:
The 5xxx are great cards. I wouldn't dip much lower than those on a new system. A 5770 will be great at 1280x1024


The 5xxx series cards have 2 Dual Link DVI-I slots right? My monitor only has one slot for the wire to go into. Do I need a new one or is there just one slot for the monitor and two cables for the graphics card?

Connectivity:
1 x DisplayPort
2 x Dual Link DVI-I
1 x HDMI


Thanks
a c 140 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 7, 2009 2:54:18 PM

^
Not sure I understand. If your monitor has a DVI connector, just use a single DVI cable from one on the video card to the monitor. You can have multiple displays on that video card.
December 7, 2009 4:16:59 PM

jay2tall said:
^
Not sure I understand. If your monitor has a DVI connector, just use a single DVI cable from one on the video card to the monitor. You can have multiple displays on that video card.


Sorry, description wasn't very clear.

If you look here at the back-end picture of the 5770 you can see two slots for DVI-I cables, right?

Does that mean I need two cables going into my monitor? Or do the 2 for the GPU blend into 1 wire?

a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2009 4:18:55 PM

The extra connectors are for extra monitors. You will be able to use just one cable to connect to your monitor from one DVI port on the card.
a c 140 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 7, 2009 5:02:06 PM

You only need to use one. You can plug a monitor into one of each. You can have 3 displays on that video card. 1 must be Display port and the other 2 can be any combo of the HDMI or 2 DVI
December 7, 2009 6:39:45 PM

JofaMang said:
The extra connectors are for extra monitors. You will be able to use just one cable to connect to your monitor from one DVI port on the card.


Ah right. Now I understand :pt1cable: 

Thank you both :) 
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