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February 4, 2010 1:35:25 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

I noticed some have a core clock of 875, while the most have 850. Is that a big difference in performance?

I really don't know which to pick. I like XFX for the lifetime warranty, but should I go with them just because of that? I don't know.

Please help me decide which I could buy?

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February 4, 2010 1:39:59 PM

trickynick said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

I noticed some have a core clock of 875, while the most have 850. Is that a big difference in performance?

I really don't know which to pick. I like XFX for the lifetime warranty, but should I go with them just because of that? I don't know.

Please help me decide which I could buy?


I would go for the Sapphire Vapor-X design because of the cooler. Very nice cooler and the Vapor-X cards usually get higher overclocks than the rest and it is only for 10$ more.
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February 4, 2010 1:46:57 PM

I'm not looking to overclock. Just going to use it as bought. So, which would you recommend knowing I don't plan on Overclocking. With that being said, I won't buy the $200 card, I just don't see the reason for such a high price compared to the others.
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February 4, 2010 1:50:06 PM

trickynick said:
I'm not looking to overclock. Just going to use it as bought. So, which would you recommend knowing I don't plan on Overclocking. With that being said, I won't buy the $200 card, I just don't see the reason for such a high price compared to the others.


No overclock ==> buy the cheapest.
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February 4, 2010 1:50:50 PM

One other question, will I have issues when placing it in my computer?

My mobo: http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB64DELINSRY20...

No need to mention I need a new power supply, I got a 600w one. I know I will need a new case, got an ATX one. I'm willing to upgrade my mobo, cpu, but would ike to use the same RAM (DDR2). I would rather not upgrade my mobo, but will if needed.
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February 4, 2010 1:57:42 PM

trickynick said:
One other question, will I have issues when placing it in my computer?

My mobo: http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB64DELINSRY20...

No need to mention I need a new power supply, I got a 600w one. I know I will need a new case, got an ATX one. I'm willing to upgrade my mobo, cpu, but would ike to use the same RAM (DDR2). I would rather not upgrade my mobo, but will if needed.


The motherboard seems to have a PCIex 16x slot so no problem there. What is the name of your PSU? 600W is plenty for the 5770. And also ATX cases are normal size. You don't need to change it. mATX are smaller, but only a few would restrict the card.
Tell us more about your system and we will recommend upgrades if necessary.
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February 4, 2010 2:10:31 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 531s.
New PSU: http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ600SXS-StealthXStream-Powe...
I was given a gift card for amazon, which is why I bought from them.

Not sure what else you are needing.

Its an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
2GB DDR2 RAM, don't know the clock speed. not sure how to find out. PC Wizard doesn't tell me.



Thanks for your suggestion on Video Cards. I want to keep my card cooler, so going with the Vapor-X model you talked about: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 4, 2010 2:14:06 PM

trickynick said:
I have a Dell Inspiron 531s.
New PSU: http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ600SXS-StealthXStream-Powe...
I was given a gift card for amazon, which is why I bought from them.

Not sure what else you are needing.

Its an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
2GB DDR2 RAM, don't know the clock speed. not sure how to find out. PC Wizard doesn't tell me.


Hehe. You have the same PSU as I have. I run a 4870 which consumes more power than the 5770 and I run it without problems. You will not need to change the PSU for the card. If your case is a slim one you will need to change it. Also I suggest you get another 2GB or RAM.
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February 4, 2010 2:15:42 PM

I am willing to upgrade, but would rather not, but if it bottlenecks the 5770 then an upgrade might be in order. Should I just upgrade the CPU & get a new fan or buy a new mobo, cpu, etc?

I want the 5770 as I don't plan on upgrading the video card for about 1.5 years or so. That should give me the most bang for the buck kinda thing.

The new case is an ATX Mid-Tower, it won't be the slim one any more.
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February 4, 2010 2:18:39 PM

trickynick said:
I am willing to upgrade, but would rather not, but if it bottlenecks the 5770 then an upgrade might be in order. Should I just upgrade the CPU & get a new fan or buy a new mobo, cpu, etc?

I want the 5770 as I don't plan on upgrading the video card for about 1.5 years or so. That should give me the most bang for the buck kinda thing.

The new case is an ATX Mid-Tower, it won't be the slim one any more.


If the case is mid-tower then you don't need to change it. What resolution does your monitor have?
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February 4, 2010 2:19:59 PM

1440x900 @ 60 Hz
Running Vista HP 32-bit.

Should I upgrade the just the CPU or the CPU/Mobo as well?
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February 4, 2010 2:25:37 PM

trickynick said:
1440x900 @ 60 Hz
Running Vista HP 32-bit.

Should I upgrade the just the CPU or the CPU/Mobo as well?


What games do you play? The CPU is a bit weak and so is the motherboard, but if you are not forced at the moment to upgrade I would still keep them for 1 year or so. If you really want to upgrade and keep the new system for some time go for a cheap Phenom II Tri/Quad core+ a 790 motherboard+4GB or DDR3 ram and of course Vista/Windows7 64 bit(to take advantage of the 4GB ram)
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February 4, 2010 2:31:16 PM

I am playing Star Trek Online mostly, any other games I play don't tax my system what-so-ever so no point in naming them.

I want to run ST: O at max settings as it looks beautiful when I put them up to max on my current card...I just can't play the game or move or anything when set to high. (current card is ATI Radeon HD 4200)
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February 4, 2010 2:33:26 PM

trickynick said:
I am playing Star Trek Online mostly, any other games I play don't tax my system what-so-ever so no point in naming them.

I want to run ST: O at max settings as it looks beautiful when I put them up to max on my current card...I just can't play the game or move or anything when set to high. (current card is ATI Radeon HD 4200)


Well. First get the 5770 card. If the performance of the system will not satisfy you then you can go and upgrade the CPU and the motherboard and keep the rest.
I bet you will be very pleased by only changing the card.
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February 4, 2010 2:37:50 PM

Do you think the CPU will last at least until next years tax refund? (basically 1 year from now)

Should I buy Windows 7, 64-bit upgrade?
Should I buy Vista, 64 bit, upgrade?

or Retail?
I want to go 64 bit, but Dell didn't offer it when I bought the PC

My Mobo doesn't have PCIe 2.0, so that would be another reason to upgrade?
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February 4, 2010 2:45:32 PM

trickynick said:
Do you think the CPU will last at least until next years tax refund? (basically 1 year from now)

Should I buy Windows 7, 64-bit upgrade?
Should I buy Vista, 64 bit, upgrade?

or Retail?
I want to go 64 bit, but Dell didn't offer it when I bought the PC

My Mobo doesn't have PCIe 2.0, so that would be another reason to upgrade?


1. I would go with Win7 upgrade. I have Win7 64 and I don't have any problems with it. I like it very much.
2. PCIex 2.0 is backwards compatible with PCIex 1.0/1.1 which you have. So no need to change and you won't see any performance decrease.

As I told you, get the card first and see if you like it (I bet you will). If you still think that is not enough upgrade the CPU and mobo. But first get the card. For your resolution and games the CPU can last you 1 more year.
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February 4, 2010 2:47:19 PM

Awesome, thank you very much for all your help, Hallowed_Dragon. I very much appreciate your help.

Now, which post to mark as best answer? lol
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February 4, 2010 2:48:20 PM

Best answer selected by TrickyNick.
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