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January 30, 2010 11:58:09 AM

Hello
I currently have a Geforce 8800GTS 640MB which I understand is a very good card. I play X3 Terran Conflict at 1920x1200 and maximum settings but during "busy" scenes such as a large fight, i receive significant lag.
I have 3GB DDR2 RAM and a DuoCore processor.
I am unsure between the nVidia GTS 250 or the ATI Radeon 5750.
Any suggestions?
They are both ~£100 on Dabs.com

Thanks in advance,

Mike

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January 30, 2010 11:58:56 AM

I also keep a secondary monitor (of resolution 1280x1024 I think) connected and active. :) 

Thanks again,
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 12:02:42 PM

5750 gets my recommendation
DirectX11
Upto Three Displays
New card(will be good for couple of years or so)
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January 30, 2010 12:29:44 PM

Up to three displays would be rather useful I guess, if I ever did want to add a third screen.

Jvjjy- that overclocks link doesn't seem to be loading for me. What's the card/price?

I was just speaking to a friend of mine, and considering the PC has 3GB DDR2 RAM and a DuoCore Processor, what are people's opinions on a need to upgrade the entire system? I do think thought that for the moment, If i can get a good card, then I should be okay for a while at least.

I was also thinking of buying a little bit of time by deactivating the 2nd screen during gaming, as it's not normally used, just sitting there with a pretty desktop. Would this put less strain on the graphics card?

Thanks again,

Mike
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 12:51:21 PM

That link shows a card placed at £116.99 inc VAT
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 12:53:11 PM

Yes Club 3D ATI Radeon HD5770 1024MB GDDR5 for £117
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 12:54:28 PM

As for a system upgrade what processor do you actually have?
January 30, 2010 1:15:20 PM

Do the 5750 and 5770 both have 3 DVI outputs?
Also, is the performance upgrade on the 5770 really worth the extra ~£20?
The processor I actually have is... E7300

Thanks,

Mike
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:19:10 PM

Yes.




5770 is worth the extra cash at some points and it isnt at others
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:21:23 PM

Your processor is fine, especially if you overclock it. For your resolution the HD5770 is definitely worth extra money. Most would say it's the minimum you want to consider for 1920x1200.
January 30, 2010 1:28:06 PM

Okay I think i'll be going for the HD5770. I was just checking the inside of the PC and thought i'd mention that it's a 650W PSU. Is that going to be okay? I would imagine so.
Additionally, will the mentioned graphics card still fit? What is its size in comparison with the 8800GTS, and is all its cabling and required slots the same? I know my main computer has a GTX260 and its the size of 2 household bricks, monster of a card physically.
Also I noticed that both the RAM Cards are 2GB and yet on My Computer Properties it only says 3GB. How bizarre... :S

Thanks again!

Mike
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:31:52 PM

WOW
650 W can run +$600 Radeon 5970 fine


GooD LucK
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 1:34:41 PM

The HD5770 is 40nm and very power efficient. It actually uses less power than your current card and I believe it is slightly shorter as well. It needs one 6-pin power connector.
January 30, 2010 1:57:14 PM

Ah, just checked and its only registering the 3GB of ram as its a 32-bit OS. Was sure it was 64bit... oh well!

So its a smaller card, requires less power, and is more powerful! Perfect. One 6pin power connector... do you know what my current card needs? And what about PCI-E slots e.t.c?

Thanks again,

Mike
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 2:02:31 PM

8800GTS needs PCIe slot

Will be good if you have x16 one
January 30, 2010 2:13:59 PM

I'm pretty sure it is, to confirm I would imagine I would have to remove the graphics card to check? Where is the best place to purchase the chosen card and are there any offers/discount codes? (Living in Midlands-ENGLAND)
I am often unsure when it actually comes round to purchasing the card as there are so many of the same card, under different companies and BestValue companies e.t.c.

Thanks in advance,

Mike
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 2:37:24 PM

Your current card should use the same power connector as the HD5770 btw
January 30, 2010 2:56:09 PM

Ah that's useful then!
With the card, looking at the picture, what outputs does it have?
It looks like 2 HDMI's and 2 DVI-D's? Did any of the card's we discussed have 3 DVI's or is that only the real top-end cards?

Thanks,

Mike
January 30, 2010 2:56:54 PM

I should rephrase that first question to, what is a DisplayPort connector as that's what the website says it is?
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2010 4:14:17 PM

IF you were to use 3 monitors with any of the 5 series cards you need to use the display port. Theres some driver bugs with this(in gaming). Also some vendors include a adapter to use the display port(most don't) it can be expensive. If using just 2 monitors , you can use any of the available ports.
January 30, 2010 5:31:07 PM

Ah i see. I plan on just using the 2 DVI-D's available for my 2 monitors. Am about to purchase that card now, but out of interest for my other computer, are there any other similar cards that have 3 DVI-D's? Also, as regards to the card in mention, could you have 2 monitors connected by DVI-D as well as a TV connected by HDMI, all at the same time?

Thanks in advance,

Mike
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 9:18:55 AM

Only the HD5000 cards support 3 displays on one card and currently one of the displays must have a display port input. I believe they are working on getting rid of that restriction so that HD5770 may be able to do what you are talking about in time through a driver update.
February 2, 2010 6:24:14 PM

Hi there. My card just arrived, ordered from-

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...

It fits fine and works great, but i was surprised to find only one DVI at the back, rather than the 2, that I thought were on the Radeon HD5770?

Please advise.

Thanks in advance,

Sabre_X
February 2, 2010 7:00:58 PM

Also, the card only had one 6 pin power connector on the back, I don't know why, but I had thought I had read somewhere that it was meant to have 2, was I mistaken?

Thanks again,

Mike
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 1:08:29 AM

The output types and amounts can often vary by card. The card in the pic has 2 DVI but the specs say only 1... O well. You could always use an HDMI to DVI converter.
The card is quite low power and should only have one connector.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 1:25:38 AM

Sabre_X said:
Okay I think i'll be going for the HD5770. I was just checking the inside of the PC and thought i'd mention that it's a 650W PSU. Is that going to be okay? I would imagine so.
Additionally, will the mentioned graphics card still fit? What is its size in comparison with the 8800GTS, and is all its cabling and required slots the same? I know my main computer has a GTX260 and its the size of 2 household bricks, monster of a card physically.
Also I noticed that both the RAM Cards are 2GB and yet on My Computer Properties it only says 3GB. How bizarre... :S

Thanks again!

Mike


32-Bit OS's only allow a address space up to 4GB.
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 12:21:39 PM

Yeah, if you are on 32-bit windows you will only have between 3 and 3.5gb of ram recognized by the system no matter how much is installed.
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