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February 2, 2010 5:22:58 PM

Hello,i have a 9800 gtx, 2 gigs of ddr2 ram and a e6550 core 2 duo on a p5m-e sli motherboard what should i upgrade being around 200 dollars?

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February 2, 2010 5:24:30 PM

What do you do with the computer?

Assuming its for gaming, pick up an HD 5770 for $150ish.
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February 2, 2010 5:26:28 PM

gaming would the 5770 really improve my computer from the 9800 gtx i was thinking a processor or get 4 gigs of ram
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February 2, 2010 5:36:59 PM

The GPU is always the bottleneck for gaming. Here's the comparision between the two cards. Notice that the 9800 GTX is only "playble" (30+ FPS) on the games that are specific for nVidia cards.

You wouldn't likely see anything difference with a new CPU or RAM. Plus, the LGA 775 is extinct and DDR2 is endangered. You don't want to buy prior generation tech. The 5770 would carry over into your next build (which you should start planning) very nicely as a single card or in Crossfire.
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February 2, 2010 8:47:24 PM

so what 5770 on newegg should i get?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a c 248 V Motherboard
February 2, 2010 9:01:44 PM

The 5770 is only one tier better on tom's charts.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

If you do the upgrade of a video card, I think you will be disappointed unless you jump a couple of tiers to a 5850 or 5870.

What resolution do you game at? It makes a huge difference.


To assess your options, reduce your resolution and eye candy and see if your FPS improves on the games you play. If the fps improves much, it is an indicator that your cpu is ok to drive a better card.

Coversely, reduce your cpu maximim to 70% and see if your fps goes down much. If it does, then a better cpu is in order.

An extra 2gb of ram can help minimum frame rates:
http://www.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN804_Gaming_Performan...
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February 2, 2010 9:04:33 PM

i play on 1600 x 900
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February 2, 2010 9:23:25 PM

after doing all the advice it looks like i would get a better inprovement upgrading the video card now what 5770 should i get off of newegg
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
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February 2, 2010 9:47:33 PM

Crod15944 said:
after doing all the advice it looks like i would get a better inprovement upgrading the video card now what 5770 should i get off of newegg


I would get a XFX model for the warranty and us support.

Also, get one with a cooler that sends the hot air out of the case directly instead of letting it recirculate. Here is a good one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 2, 2010 10:38:38 PM

I agree with Geo, getting the 5770 isn't much of an upgrade. This is going to be ~$200 that isn't going to do much for you. If you have to spend it, your better off getting things that will carry over to new builds. A new higher end PSU, new keyboard/mouse, case with better air flow, high end "universal" HSF with brackets for AM3, 1366/1156 chips, etc. This way you can use what you buy now, and carry it over to a new build later.
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February 2, 2010 10:53:37 PM

I'd put the $200 away for a new monitor (1920 x 1200) and then start saving for a new GPU
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February 3, 2010 2:45:37 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I'd put the $200 away for a new monitor (1920 x 1200) and then start saving for a new GPU

I agree.
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February 3, 2010 4:11:49 AM

I have old eyes :lol:  so I don't game at (1920 x 1200)

1600 x 900 is what I game at too But If your playing on a 19" monitor spend the bucks on a 22"+ this will be a bigger upgrade than the rest and will carry over to a new system

I agree on not seeing much of an upgrade on video cards (I upgraded from an 8800gts to a gtx 260 and in WoW and Aion the change was minimal) but it depends on what games you play, if your playing WoW or Aion, you wont see a huge improvement, left for dead, Crysis, Dirt or some of the new high end stuff you will see some more.

A XFX 5770 XXX is around $200 and will carry over to a new system also but as I have posted elsewhere with new stuff coming out in 2 months or less from NVIDIA that card could be $150 bucks or less 2 months from now.

OC that cpu!

Or pick up a 2.5ghz core 2 quad q8300 for $150 OC it, your Mobo has 2 - 16x lanes, start surfing ebay for a 9800gtx to match the 1 you have: you will probably be between $75-$100 though but you can still find new ones for $120, run them in SLi and stretch your system for another year.

An upgrade to i5 right now is going to net you over $400 for MB/cpu/ram

The 3gig AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black edition is an option at $150 but with system costs will still be $300+ range for MB/cpu/ram although you could stick with your 2 gigs and pull it off for $250 and add another 2 gigs later.

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February 3, 2010 11:42:52 AM

Tremec said:
I have old eyes :lol:  so I don't game at (1920 x 1200)


Me too but I'm losing distance not near vision.

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1600 x 900 is what I game at too But If your playing on a 19" monitor spend the bucks on a 22"+ this will be a bigger upgrade than the rest and will carry over to a new system


My last 22" was the Lenovo L220x and that was 1920 x 1200

A XFX 5770 XXX[/url] is around $200 and will carry over to a new system also but as I have posted elsewhere with new stuff coming out in 2 months or less from NVIDIA that card could be $150 bucks or less 2 months from now.

Just be aware that the 57xx series can't do DX11 titles at 1920 resolution.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
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February 3, 2010 8:52:07 PM

You can get 1920 x 1200 monitors in sizes larger than 24". Here is a 28" :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The benefit is that text sizes are larger.

You can get 1080P(1920 x 1080) monitors/TV's in almost any size also.
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February 3, 2010 9:01:30 PM

i just got a 20 inch lg like a month ago and i have no plans of getting a bigger one it is perfect
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