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Best Upgrade from a 8800GTS for <$200

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January 16, 2010 4:04:59 AM


I'm wondering what the best upgrade would be for my friend upgrading from a 8800GTS.

He's looking in the $150 - $200 range, and will be using it to play games @ 1680 x 1050

at higher qualities than with the 8800GTS.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
January 16, 2010 4:42:41 AM

A HD 5770 would be good,however post the other system specs too
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2010 4:59:34 AM

also consider a 4890 ,as it is more powerful than a 5770 but lacks dx11 support...most of the current games will perform better on a 4890 than 5770 but if you are concerned about graphics rather than performance then you should go for a 5770
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January 16, 2010 1:09:31 PM

In order to really give you an informed, accurate answer, that will keep you from throwing money away into something that may or may not do a thing for your friend, we need to know your entire system specs to make a good suggestion.
We can only make off the wall guesses without the entire system specs, as Maziar has already asked.

Which 8800GTS, the g80(320-640meg), or the g92(512meg)
There is quite a difference. If it is a g92, a card in this price range is only going to be marginally better. If he has one of these, he might want to save a little more and get a card in the next range up. One of the these cards is going to leave him feeling like he spent a lot of money for very little return.

If it is a g80, I would go with one of the suggestions, depending on what you want, that would be decent upgrade.
It also depends on what processor he is running. A video card upgrade might not do a thing at all for him if he is running an older Core 2, or a AMD X2 processor.
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January 17, 2010 8:54:28 AM

I will find out his CPU, I think he is GPU limited tho, in what he is trying to do.
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January 17, 2010 12:30:09 PM

You can get any one of -
HD 4780
HD 5770
HD 4890
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a b U Graphics card
January 17, 2010 12:37:45 PM

Go with RADEON 5770 HD.

It will perform great at your desired resolution
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January 17, 2010 7:25:46 PM

mfarrukh said:
Go with RADEON 5770 HD.

It will perform great at your desired resolution


Will a 5770 HD help boost the graphical performance, mostly hes looking to up the graphics in wow to higher settings than what his 8800GTS allows. Should the 5770HD allow for a decent graphics increase?

Also does the 5770 require a better PSU than a 8800gts, or should it be able to use the same PSU the 8800GTS was using with no problems.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 17, 2010 7:43:27 PM

You still didn't say what 8800GTS you are talking about. An HD5770 will be much, much better than an 8800GTS 320 or 640mb and about 30% faster than an 8800GTS 512mb. It also uses less power than any of those cards.
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February 1, 2010 6:52:57 AM

Ok so I found out the specs of my friends PC, CPUZ shows as a G80:

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS - G80, 320 MB, GDDR3, 320 bits
Core clock 513.0 MHz
Shader clock 1188.0 MHz
Memory clock 792.0 MHz

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Core Stepping G0
Technology 65 nm
Core Speed 2666.9 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 8.0 x 333.4 MHz
Rated Bus speed 1333.5 MHz
Stock frequency 2666 MHz

Northbridge NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI SPP rev. A2
Southbridge NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI MCP rev. A3

2x 1024MB PC2-6400 DDR2 OCZ Ram
2x 1024MB PC2-5300 DDR2 OCZ Ram

Motherboard: P5N-E SLI
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 7:23:13 AM

Definetly, 5770 is the best you can get for the price point.
It performs great upto 1920x1200
It supports DirectX11
Shader Model 5.0
And,
Its a new card and will be good for more than couple of years or so.

Since your resolution is 1680x1050
It will perform exceptionally in more than most of the game (except CRYSIS)


If you have a PSU of at least 400W, you can run a 5770 on it.
As, new generation cards are extremely power efficient.

And, YES
You'll feel a significant performance boost upgrading from 8800 GTS to 5770 HD




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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 12:26:22 PM

Agree, for his price range the 5770 is a nice choice.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 2:08:08 PM

If the 5830 comes in at 200, and he already has a strong enough PSU, than it is another very strong option considering the posted budget.
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