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January 1, 2010 7:40:37 AM

hi all and happy new year :)  ,

what would be the best card for playing all the c&c,redalert,generals,homeworld, supreme commander games and future releases c&c 4, supreme commander 2, homeworld 3 and generals 2. i built a pc last summer with a phenom2 940be, 8gb ram, 650w psu and 22" monitor 1680x1050 max res. have a radeon hd 3300 built onto the brd. ive been waiting for dx11 cards to comeout any recommendations? is it worth waiting a few weeks for fermi? or will it not be much different to ati 5xxx.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 7:47:38 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
HD 5770 would be a good choice for you,or HD 5850 if you can afford it
a c 149 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 8:00:17 AM

if you want DX11 card right now ATI is the choice. as for Fermi no one really knows what the exact dates for the cards launch but rumor has it they will come out some where in March.
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January 1, 2010 8:11:44 AM

i did read somewhere that fermi had 10x the performance of anything nvidia had done before, does anyone think it'll be that much better than the ati stuff? i was thinking of going for a hd 5850 but held off for the fermi. would i notice much difference at 1680x1050 between the 5770 and 5850 with the rts stuff i play and would also like it to last probably 3 years
a c 169 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 8:34:46 AM

If you like to keep it for 3 years then go for HD 5850,a HD 5770 is sufficient for that resolution but if you can afford 5850 then go for it,its worth it
January 1, 2010 8:43:42 AM

is there likely to be much difference between hd5850 and fermi (gf360?)
January 1, 2010 8:57:52 AM

man! you playin on 1680 X 1050
even for lasting three years, looking at those games..
even a GTS 250 or a 4850 would be much more than u need..
a c 169 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 9:59:09 AM

hal2010 said:
is there likely to be much difference between hd5850 and fermi (gf360?)

No one knows since it isn't out yet,but HD 5850 will be more than fine for 1680x1050 so don't worry :D 
January 1, 2010 10:30:04 AM

brilliant thanks for all your help :) 
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 11:42:50 AM

You likely wont notice any real difference between the HD5770 and the HD5850 at the moment or for a while. If we are talking about 3 years then yeah the HD5850 is a better choice but personally I would always buy a card that is appropriate for my current situation rather than spend the premium it costs to get a high end card. Video card technology always changes rapidly and high end is almost never a good buy unless you actually need the power. A year from now the HD5850 will probably cost the same or less than an HD5770 does now and there's a good chance it still wont make a real difference for your resolution. The ideal situation is that your motherboard is crossfire capable. Then you could get an HD5770 now and in a year or 2 get another. The card will be significantly cheaper at that point and 2 in crossfire offer performance similar to an HD5870.
January 1, 2010 4:19:12 PM

the mother brd ive got is a biostar ta79ogx 128mb and it does say on it hybrid crossfire, but i thought that was you could use a card in conjuction with the onboard radeon hd3300. there is also two pci x16 slots so i dont known. unless anyone knows any different. if thats the case would the 650w corsair psu be enough to run 2 hd5770?
a c 1430 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 4:25:02 PM

hal2010 said:
the mother brd ive got is a biostar ta79ogx 128mb and it does say on it hybrid crossfire, but i thought that was you could use a card in conjuction with the onboard radeon hd3300. there is also two pci x16 slots so i dont known. unless anyone knows any different. if thats the case would the 650w corsair psu be enough to run 2 hd5770?

The corsair is good for the 2x 5770 setup. The hybrid crossfire is only for a lower card like HD3450 running in conjunction with the integrated.
a c 248 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 4:33:03 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

At your resolution, anything from the above over $120 is simply overkill.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...
a c 169 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 4:46:00 PM

hal2010 said:
the mother brd ive got is a biostar ta79ogx 128mb and it does say on it hybrid crossfire, but i thought that was you could use a card in conjuction with the onboard radeon hd3300. there is also two pci x16 slots so i dont known. unless anyone knows any different. if thats the case would the 650w corsair psu be enough to run 2 hd5770?

Hybrid CF is mostly for power savings and it doesn't have a great impact on gaming,so consider normal crossfire instead,however for your res as i said a single HD 5770 is fine,but since you are planing to keep it for 3 years then a HD 5850 would a wiser choice.
About your question, your PSU can handle 2 HD 5770s
January 1, 2010 4:56:57 PM

so you can still run 2 hd 5770 in crossfire on a hybrid crossfire brd? or would i have to get a new mother brd? or like you said get a hd 5850
a c 1430 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 5:02:20 PM

If you have your 2 x5770 the integrated is inactive and you will be running normal crossfire.
January 1, 2010 5:39:51 PM

cheers thanks for clearing that up
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 1, 2010 6:54:02 PM

Yeah, you don't want to mess with hybrid crossfire, just regular. Your board does have 2 PCIE x16 slots. They operate at x8 in crossfire but that should be fine for HD5770s, it's the x4 boards that need to be avoided.
January 1, 2010 7:05:09 PM

is there any problems with crossfiring? does it work ok with rts games
January 1, 2010 8:38:51 PM

seen a powercolor 5850 for £219.99 is that a good buy?
a c 169 U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 6:31:08 AM

Yes its a great deal
January 2, 2010 1:17:49 PM

brill im ordering today.
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