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March 16, 2010 2:49:08 PM

Hello,

This my setup.....

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI / CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

Also, 500G WD 7200rpm and 2 750G WD's.... i may raid 1 the 750's for data only and leave the 500G for my OS and prog's.

I need a video card now. I have a PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii so I never really needed a gaming PC. But I just purchased most of this and want to be able to play PC games if I want. I am really looking to play Crysis with my dad so that is my benchmark... to play crysis without (many) issues.

I have less than a $200 budget. Hope to keep it between $100 and $150.

Thanks for your help.


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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 2:57:29 PM

With that PC and budget- your best option right now is the Radeon HD 5770. It will play most games at solid settings at 1920x1080. Its a great card and can be had for $150.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its the best fit for your situation.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 3:04:44 PM

+1 5770. It is a great casual gamers cards.
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March 16, 2010 4:11:52 PM

flyinfinni said:
With that PC and budget- your best option right now is the Radeon HD 5770. It will play most games at solid settings at 1920x1080. Its a great card and can be had for $150.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its the best fit for your situation.



My next question would be... Should I go for two cheaper cards running in SLI....? Or stick with one more expensive card that I can do SLI with down the road if I need/want to?

Can't believe my wife let me buy this... :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 4:33:05 PM

Definitely stick with the single card for now. If you end up feeling the need to up the graphics power later, the 5770's scale quite well, but its not worth dropping down and crossfiring cheaper cards right now- thats not generally any better performance for the price anyway. 5770 is about as good as you'll get right now for the price/performance, and then you have the option of another later with possibly lower prices if you NEED more power.
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March 16, 2010 4:40:08 PM

flyinfinni said:
Definitely stick with the single card for now. If you end up feeling the need to up the graphics power later, the 5770's scale quite well, but its not worth dropping down and crossfiring cheaper cards right now- thats not generally any better performance for the price anyway. 5770 is about as good as you'll get right now for the price/performance, and then you have the option of another later with possibly lower prices if you NEED more power.


cool. Thanks for your answers. I think I will go buy it. Any name brand...?
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 4:49:15 PM

Name brand doesn't matter too much, especially if you get a reference version. I generally suggest XFX just because they have a double lifetime warranty, but right now I'd probably say this MSI one since its the best price right now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 23, 2010 2:01:51 AM

Best answer selected by DNasty42284.
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