Mass Effect 2 is $37!! is my HD5770 going to handle it on full?

First off, a heads up for a GREAT game (based on my experience on ME1)

MASS EFFECT 2 is $36.99 at amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JTX7JQ?ie=UTF8&tag=slickdealssd-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002JTX7JQ

it's actually $46.99, but when you pre-order they give you a $10 credit towards a future game purchase, you also get "inferno armor" for in-game use

I'm saving my $10 credit for starcraft 2. 2010 is going to be a killer gaming year

Now to my actual question. I bought this hd5770 about a month ago
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SP113K?ie=UTF8&tag=slickdealssd-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002SP113K

and i've been playing ME1 to prepare for ME2 in January. I game at 1920x1200 and I assumed that my new card would take care of ME1 no problem, except that I've notice that the game sometimes stutters (everything turned up to MAX). Is ME2 way more graphically intense than ME1 cuz if so.... i chose the wrong card?

Do I need to pony up for a 5850 if i want the full experience?

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  1. No one knows. It hasn't released yet.
  2. thats dumb, buy a 5770 just to turn around to buy a 5850. Your next ugrade would be a new cpu maybe? Mass effect is still gonna run on the unreal engine 3 so it should run similar just more finer detail in the graphics since it will be built off the original.
  3. If I remember properly the stuttering in the first game was from poor coding and has nothing to do with the card.
  4. Recommended
    Specifications
    ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
    2048 MB
    Minimum
    Specifications
    NVIDIA GeForce 6800
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
    1024 MB
  5. Recommended is the 2900 XT? What a strange card to recommend.

    It really is high time they were pushing the envelope further. I truly hope the game runs like a pig on that 6800 and c2duo
  6. Man the 2900xt was a BEAST on paper. lol.
  7. jennyh said:
    Recommended is the 2900 XT? What a strange card to recommend.

    It really is high time they were pushing the envelope further. I truly hope the game runs like a pig on that 6800 and c2duo

    re3commened is what you use to play a game at med-high and REQUIREMENTS are for bare minimum. THe 2900xt is like an unoptimized 8800gt so that seems normal for recommened.
  8. If you feel a need to upgrade, at least consider Crossfire with a 2nd 5770.
  9. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2464-8.html

    A 2900XT is equal to a 9600GT, so a 5770 should run it maxed out just fine.
  10. jyjjy said:
    If I remember properly the stuttering in the first game was from poor coding and has nothing to do with the card.


    Your right, poor programming on part of Bioware in use of the unreal engine.

    HD 5770 should be enough to max it under 1920x1080 resolutions.
  11. impaledmango said:
    thats dumb, buy a 5770 just to turn around to buy a 5850. Your next ugrade would be a new cpu maybe? Mass effect is still gonna run on the unreal engine 3 so it should run similar just more finer detail in the graphics since it will be built off the original.



    i know it sounds pretty dumb, but at the time my out of pocket cost for the HD5770 brand new was about $155 (even though retail is $180) and the HD5850 was primarily out of stock or $320-ish. Now i can sell the H5770 for around $150 and get a HD5850 for less than $300, so overall i come out on top.

    ok thanks for the info about the unreal engine, i didn't know that
  12. jyjjy said:
    If I remember properly the stuttering in the first game was from poor coding and has nothing to do with the card.


    thanks jyjjy and AsAnAtheist,

    i really hope it was just poor programming. My intend on the HD5770 was to use it for a least 1.5-2.5 years skipping the HD6xxx generation
  13. I dunno about that man. Your resolution is very high, can't get much higher short of spending $1000+ on a monitor. The HD5770 is a midrange card, equivalent in performance to last gens high end card(HD4870.) You simply can't expect a midrange card to be able to last for years of maxing out settings at high res. It'll do well for a while but I would lower your expectations.
  14. Ouch yeah it definitely won't last 1.5-2.5 years at that resolution. Even some games now won't work at max settings with a HD 5770. Mass effect is not a heavy game, therefore shouldn't be used as a standard of performance for years to come.
    I expect the HD 5770 to go out of performance in about 1-1.5 year before having to crossfire them becomes a near must specially with the new addition of DX11 games which will surely put some weight on GPUs.
    With your current specs, the Hd 5770 is perhaps the best option at the moment, but certainly wont hold out in the years to come for max settings at that resolution.
  15. assuming i can get ahold of a 5850 for $285 - ($140 ebay my current 5770),

    is that a better option than crossfire?

    i saw some numbers that should crossfired 5750 comparable/ better than HD5850,

    I assume crossfired 5770 beats a single 5850 hands down...
  16. my advice is to hold on to the 5770. A 5870 aint going to last you 2 years, let alone a 5770 crossfire or 5850. DX 11 games arent even out so you really have no idea what to expect performance wise. My advice to you is to just hold on the 5770 and buy sometihng new next year.
  17. invisik said:
    Man the 2900xt was a BEAST on paper. lol.



    Kinda like how Fermi is a beast on paper right now
  18. Quote:
    Yeah HD 5770 will max it out unless its a very bad optimized game. HD 5770 is the best budget GPU out there.


    Not true, a budget for a PC is to have the best PERFORMANCE to PRICE ratio, and the 5770 does not have that. It is weaker than a 4870 and costs more, dx11 or not.
  19. I would wait until march when Nvidia will hopefully release Fermi and also hopefully help drive ATI prices down a bit. Another option would be to get a 5850 now and maybe CF it in the future when the price of the card drops.
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