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February 1, 2010 5:33:34 AM

I'm currently running Vista 32bit with:

4gb DDR2 RAM
Intel Core2 Extreme Quad core Q6850 @ 3.00ghz
GeForce 8800gt 512mb

However, I have a Dell SE198WFP monitor, which is capped at 1440X900 resolution. As such I haven't had any problems running the 8800GT (I had two in SLI but one fried a few months back) even on newer games. However with Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Aliens vs Predator releasing with the 8800gt barely passing the minimum card requirement, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade even though I have a lower res monitor.

My question though, is what card would be the most bang for my buck so to speak. I have my eye currently on an BFGTech GTX 275 896mb card because of a decent price for one on newegg. It's not exactly like I have a limited budget for it though, since my tax return that was going to go to a trip to Japan, which isn't going to happen now, is going to this instead. However, for other reasons I wouldn't want to spend a literal ton on it. I'd debated getting a DX11 compatible card and upgrading to Win7 as well, but I don't see a real need for that (at least the DX11 card part) yet.

So should I go ahead and go with the GTX 275 like I'd planned, or something higher/different? Would that even be a worthwhile upgrade? And considering the low resolution - unless I fork over some cash for a new monitor - would I really even get that much for a card any beefier than that one?

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Even though this isn't the gaming forum, I'd just like to make a note that the 8800gt at those resolutions does "fine" on the BFBC2 beta at medium settings, only dropping in FPS with large amount of particle effects close up. Still awaiting the verdict on AvP, but the demo for that should come out sometime this week for me to see what's what.

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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 5:45:26 AM

Wait for the 5830 to come out in a few days... or even at that resolution you could away with a 5770
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February 1, 2010 6:02:06 AM

yes 8800gt not passing minimum because games requirements increase not because they are more demanding but to let the graphics cards companies sell there new more powerfull cards, that you dont need as all the game engines will be the same untill the new generation xbox and playstion are out ( by the end of 2011 or 2012 ).
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 6:48:48 AM

Get a Raedeon 5770 HD
Though its an overkill for your resolution but you can maximize settings in every single game (not sure about crysis)
You'll be good for more than couple of years or so
Its only for $160-$170

OR
Radeon 5750 is also worth checking considering your resolution.
It'll perform more than great on that resolution
It is for $120-$130


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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2010 11:47:26 AM

yeah, 5770 is probably the best "bang for buck" choice here.

Also, why do you have a Core 2 Extreme @ 3.0? You should be ripping the space-time continuum with that thing, :)  just kidding, but certainly better than 3.0...
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February 1, 2010 12:47:26 PM

Yeah, HD5770 is your best choice. It should be great for that resolution for a long while, uses the same amount of power as your 8800GT and is DX11(both of the games you mention are DX11.) It's also only $153(or $10 less if you count the MIR);
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 3, 2010 5:22:00 PM

I went ahead with the 5770. Now I'm just hoping the fact that I have a Dell XPS doesn't give me any problems.
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February 4, 2010 10:33:34 AM

ati ftw, if money allows it go 5850 leaves room for future upgrades
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February 4, 2010 10:39:23 AM

His resolution is 1440X900. Telling him to get anything more powerful than an HD5770 is like telling him to take a stack of money and flush it down the toilet.
He should only consider more powerful cards if he plans on upgrading the monitor.
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February 4, 2010 11:09:17 AM

Yeah an HD5750 would be fine but not a huge upgrade over the 8800GT and for only $20 more the HD5770 is well worth it IMO.
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February 5, 2010 6:13:41 AM

Got it in the mail today, works perfectly well. 4XAA, 16XAF, everything on max on the BFBC2 beta and AvP Demo (though no AA, since there's no setting for it on the demo) with smooth framerates all the way through.

Just for reference, though I don't plan to overclock much at all - is the Catalyst Control Center overclock tool reliable, or should I use a custom one? If the readings are trusted, even under load the 5770 stays under 50C.
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February 5, 2010 7:12:17 AM

Starwind87 said:
Got it in the mail today, works perfectly well. 4XAA, 16XAF, everything on max on the BFBC2 beta and AvP Demo (though no AA, since there's no setting for it on the demo) with smooth framerates all the way through.

Just for reference, though I don't plan to overclock much at all - is the Catalyst Control Center overclock tool reliable, or should I use a custom one? If the readings are trusted, even under load the 5770 stays under 50C.


What model did you get??
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February 15, 2010 9:50:22 PM

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