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Upgrading GPU with EP45-UD3P

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December 29, 2009 3:33:43 AM

Hey guys. I would like to improve my graphics/gaming capabilities with a new GPU. Please recommend a GPU for me. I just upgraded my MB to the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P which has CF capabilities. My budget is under $200. Here's my current setup:

Q6600 G0 @ 3.4Ghz
EP45-UD3P
4x1Gb SuperTalent PC6400
MSI 8600GT 512
Corsair TX650

Thanks,

Greg
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December 29, 2009 5:19:06 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
ATI HD 5770 would be a great upgrade for you
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December 29, 2009 2:22:50 PM

+1 for the 5770. Anything more expensive would bottleneck your CPU.
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December 29, 2009 4:22:32 PM

I don't think so,a Q6600 @ 3.4 is a great CPU still and can handle faster cards too
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December 29, 2009 11:29:19 PM

Thanks guys. Now....which to choose from? Newegg has 16 choices, 7 manufacturers (Powercolor, HIS, MSI, Sapphire, Diamond, XFX, and Asus), and prices from $145-199. They all have 1Gb DDR5 and the spec sheets seem pretty much the same. Any specific recommendations?

I also noticed a few 4890's and 4870's in the same price range, and there's a review HERE that shows both of them outperforming the 5770.

The Gigabyte Hd4890 is getting rave reviews, with few DOAs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think this might be a better choice. Any additional comments are more than welcome?
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December 29, 2009 11:44:13 PM

If you're not running Dx11 I would get the 4890. It will out perform the 5770 even though they both show the ( basically the same ) numbers in benchmarks. AA will also drag the card down. This a DX9 rig ? by any chance.... DX9 is somewhat less demanding in the video area when gaming. Even Crysis plays smoother. If you are gaming at 1680x1050 I'd get the 4890 for sure. In the few benchmarks I've seen with tessellation enabled ( DX11 goody ) The 5770 dumps. There is also a difference when I run DX10 vs DX11 using the released benchmark tool. You have good hardware. ( 6600@3.4 is enough )Too bad you can't get a 5850..... (5770... finally got one for somebody. Personally I'll pass on it for my machines. ) I like my own 5850 and I rave the GTX260/275 with 1792 memory.
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December 30, 2009 12:08:43 AM

Yeah, I'm currently running DX9. I'm not a huge gamer, but have a few (like Oblivion) that I like to run with higher res and settings...but can't. I'll jump on the Gigabyte HD4890 then. There's a good price on Buy.com for $195 shipped. If I find I need more GPU power down the road I'll just buy another one and Crossfire 'em!
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December 30, 2009 12:29:27 AM

Heh, bastards at Buy.com wanted to charge $15 tax. Ended up with Newegg again. You just can't beat their prices!
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December 30, 2009 12:39:02 AM

hawkrider said:
Heh, bastards at Buy.com wanted to charge $15 tax. Ended up with Newegg again. You just can't beat their prices!


Hope you got the 1gig version......... had a 512 and got rid of it........ woops, my bad. 4890 not 4870 lol...... I got too much stuff... lol
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December 30, 2009 5:19:10 AM

hawkrider said:
Thanks guys. Now....which to choose from? Newegg has 16 choices, 7 manufacturers (Powercolor, HIS, MSI, Sapphire, Diamond, XFX, and Asus), and prices from $145-199. They all have 1Gb DDR5 and the spec sheets seem pretty much the same. Any specific recommendations?

I also noticed a few 4890's and 4870's in the same price range, and there's a review HERE that shows both of them outperforming the 5770.

The Gigabyte Hd4890 is getting rave reviews, with few DOAs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think this might be a better choice. Any additional comments are more than welcome?

Yes both HD 4870/4890 outperform a 5770 but 5770 runs cooler,has newer techs such as DX11,eyefinity etc.
If you play at 1920x1200 go for HD 4890,but if its lower than that then go for
HD 5770,because the performance gap between them is lower in resolutions like 1680x1050 compared to 1920x1200
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December 30, 2009 4:31:58 PM

hawkrider said:
Heh, bastards at Buy.com wanted to charge $15 tax. Ended up with Newegg again. You just can't beat their prices!



Now that you're getting it,........after install go into the CCC and manually set the fan speed to 37 - 40%. Leaving it there will keep it from getting really "hot" before the fan speed kicks in. At that speed it will also not be a pain to listen to. It will also keep the card at a more constant temperature throughout play..... no 80c before the fan kicks in to higher rev......
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December 30, 2009 6:43:12 PM

Got it! Thanks for the tip.
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