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March 3, 2010 4:28:07 PM

Whats the best card out there at 150$ range? My current 7800gto cant handle BFBC2
a c 192 U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 4:32:51 PM

That's very close to HD5770 territory, in fact I think Powercolor has a 512MB version for $145. There are 1GB versions around $160.

Edit: ...but, $100 will buy a HD4770 or HD5670, either of which will substantially outperform your old card.
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March 3, 2010 4:35:45 PM

150$ isn't a hard limit, would I be better served bumping my price point up for longevity purposes?

I also here Nvidia is dropping a new card at the end of the month; which may cause a price reduction.
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March 3, 2010 4:39:21 PM

ertimmer said:
150$ isn't a hard limit, would I be better served bumping my price point up for longevity purposes?

I also here Nvidia is dropping a new card at the end of the month; which may cause a price reduction.



The cards nvidia are releasing are going to be much more expensive than the current top end ATI cards, so price reductions aren't expected for a few months, although anything can happen.

I would also recommend a 5770. Depending on your resolution either get the 512 for lower res or jump to the 1gb for a little bit more if you game at higher res.
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March 3, 2010 4:53:36 PM

crosko42 said:
The cards nvidia are releasing are going to be much more expensive than the current top end ATI cards, so price reductions aren't expected for a few months, although anything can happen.

I would also recommend a 5770. Depending on your resolution either get the 512 for lower res or jump to the 1gb for a little bit more if you game at higher res.


I run a 19inch wide screen at 1440x720ish? Is there specific partner (such as sapphire) you guys can suggest? I've only owned EVGA cards and i am thoroughly sickened with them and their products.

*thanks for the info on the new nvidia cards*
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a c 192 U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 4:55:15 PM

With wiggle room, in your place I'd probably get a HD5770 (assuming your resolution is not higher than 1920x1080 and your PSU is a quality model that is at least 450W).
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a c 192 U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 4:59:36 PM

Standard resolution for a 19" wide screen is 1440x900.
Check things like the cooler, the warranty, and value-adds like free games. I usually buy HIS, but have also bought Asus cards. I will not buy Diamond, ever again. Sapphire is supposed to be decent, but I haven't personally bought any of their cards.
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March 3, 2010 5:00:13 PM

Onus said:
With wiggle room, in your place I'd probably get a HD5770 (assuming your resolution is not higher than 1920x1080 and your PSU is a quality model that is at least 450W).



Running a great Enermax at 500w with solid voltage; 1440:900. I usually go to anandtech.com for their graphs displaying performance vs cost. But their last guide was a year old.
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a c 192 U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 5:03:17 PM

Enermax is a decent PSU brand.
Tom's has a guide also. Another one is due for March, but look at last month's "Best Graphics Card for the Money" article.
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March 3, 2010 5:05:46 PM

Will do, thanks for all your help. Sifting through newegg as we speak.
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March 3, 2010 6:19:24 PM

Onus said:
Enermax is a decent PSU brand.
Tom's has a guide also. Another one is due for March, but look at last month's "Best Graphics Card for the Money" article.


How have your experience with HiS been? Newegg has some real horror stories.
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a c 192 U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 6:36:13 PM

I like HIS. Every one I've bought has run well. The IceQ cooler is near-silent, and works. My father still has a 2+ year old HIS 2600 PRO. I'm still running a 1+ yr. old HD4850 and a HD4670.
Newegg reviews are of limited value. Reading between the lines will occasionally reveal an idiot, and they're the ones most likely to post bad reviews.
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March 3, 2010 7:00:29 PM

True, 1/4 of the bad reviews boil down to shotty memory
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March 3, 2010 7:34:00 PM

How much is a GTX 260 worth? Value, not 'brand new' price? Does it perform as good as Radeon HD 5770?
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a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2010 7:39:01 PM

A GTX260 performs the same as the 4870 and 5770. However, it's overpriced since the price has gone up due to shortages.
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March 4, 2010 11:08:31 AM

Well, if you could get it lower than the current selling price, what do you think would be a good price or a good deal for it?

Saying that, I do like the idea of the newer gen. card of the HD Radeon 5770 and both lower temps and lower power consumption.

I don't know what to think of ATI drivers, though. In Windows, they are okay I guess but I still read of complaints. But, I also use Linux and that's another whole can of worms. :) 
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