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February 27, 2010 5:52:25 PM

Hey

I’m looking to upgrade my gpu mainly for playing games, budget is below 150 ish (negotiable)

I’ve been looking at the 5770 to get 1 of them but the bandwidth is a bit low :( 

What should I get I was contemplating getting a 5570 or similar (low end) and getting 2??

My specs are:
Antec 902
Antec Earth watts 750w
AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 955, 3415 MHz (17 x 201) (OC'd)
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD3P
4 x Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400

Dell SP2208WFP which is only 1680 x 1050 but I’m props going to upgrade to a 1080p TV/monitor

Current GPU is ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series (256 MB)

Thx Tim

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February 27, 2010 6:17:37 PM

the low bandwidth(128 bit) of the 5770 is fine because it is GDDR5 which is very fast.

This card performs similarly to thr GTX 260 which is 448 bit.

it would be better to get the 5770 rather than two 5570's...
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 6:21:02 PM

If you get an HD5570, your GPU will bottleneck your system. You have a very nice build, and I'd recommend no less than CFHD5750.

What's your budget?
$150 - HD5770
$180 - HD4890
$240 - HD5830
$300 - HD5770CF (if your mobo supports it)
$400 - HD5870
$600 - HD5970
For 190x1080, I recommend an HD5850. It'll last you for awhile.

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February 27, 2010 7:29:22 PM

im uk so around £150 = $230 ish, i would get a 4890 but i really want directx11 for furture proofing.

ok so from that what would u say, get a 5770 now and then get another 1 later on to CF it or just go for a 5830 now? (cant really afford a 5850)
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 7:43:33 PM

I use dual 5770s, and the rock the house. I can say get a 5770 that crossfire that bad boy. The 58XX GPUs aren't going to last long before the 6000 series is ready, so no need to go high-end if the 6XXX series is coming out later this year.
a c 273 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 7:45:36 PM

tim_bethany said:
im uk so around £150 = $230 ish, i would get a 4890 but i really want directx11 for furture proofing.

ok so from that what would u say, get a 5770 now and then get another 1 later on to CF it or just go for a 5830 now? (cant really afford a 5850)

Scan.co.uk have the cheapest 5770 @ £116 and the 5830 on pre order @ £214, so only a small increase in price for the performance difference.
February 27, 2010 8:03:05 PM

ok i think this has basically confirmed what i was going to do (5770) i made a previous post on what brand of 5770 to get and they said a XFX but ive ben looking and apprently a lot of people have had proplems with there's so any other good brand to go for or should i just go for the Sapphire one
a c 273 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 8:13:00 PM

I'm using a pair of XFX 8800GT's that have lasted for more than three years without problems but my nephew has killed an XFX 6600GT and one of their 7900GT's in much less time and as we are in the UK you don't get the lifetime warranty.
a c 217 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 8:16:25 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I'm using a pair of XFX 8800GT's that have lasted for more than three years without problems but my nephew has killed an XFX 6600GT and one of their 7900GT's in much less time and as we are in the UK you don't get the lifetime warranty.


Did you start off with two 8800GT's, or did you buy one, and get a 2nd when the prices came down?

I'm was kind of curious if you did an upgrade path, or started with super power.
a c 232 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 8:24:54 PM

tim_bethany said:
I’ve been looking at the 5770 to get 1 of them but the bandwidth is a bit low :( 


It has enough for your current monitor but not for the new 1920 x 1200 / 1080 HD one. We've only seen minimal incorporation of DX11 features to date, so it should be expected that demands will increase.

Since there's been little difference in what is seen on screen anyway as yet w/ DX11, You could get a 5770 and play games under Dx9/10 on the new monitor and add a 2nd card when Dx11 starts to matter.
a c 273 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 8:36:19 PM

bystander said:
Did you start off with two 8800GT's, or did you buy one, and get a 2nd when the prices came down?

I'm was kind of curious if you did an upgrade path, or started with super power.

I bought two at the same time on the same day from the same vendor. :sol: 
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 27, 2010 8:39:16 PM

@OP:

Just buy an HD5770 now and CF it later. Its performance is better than the $400 HD5870.
a b U Graphics card
February 28, 2010 12:53:18 PM

That is the reference cooler, so yes it is fine. In general, the pros/cons of that design are:

+ vents air primarily out the back of the case.

- Not quite as cool running as the other designs, but still fine.
a b U Graphics card
February 28, 2010 2:20:05 PM

Yes, the Vapor-X version has a very good cooler. It will be quieter than the reference fan at stock and will keep the card cooler if you OC.
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