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March 30, 2010 8:43:46 PM

Hi,

So after a few weeks of sifting through review after review i've ordered the components for my build (initially what was a $1000 budget but has now become a ~$1300 one... : / which is manageable )

The components I ordered are as follows:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55
Antec 900 Two Black Case
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
Razer Lycosa (keyboard) - own deathadder already
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD


I'm having second thoughts on getting the 5770 and later x-firing it when I could instead put down another $200 and get one 5870.

I'd like to future proof this thing for 1-2 years, i mostly play RTS games with the occasional popular FPS (COD, not crysis...), but i'd like to have a GPU that can run 1920 x 1080 on my new 23.6" monitor clearly with a solid fps. I really want this to be good for SC 2 and future Direct x 11 games.

If i RMA this 5770 ill be out an additional $30 (shipping & newegg restocking fee), each cost $160 (after rebate) originally. I've only bought one 5770 so far.

Would it better, economically speaking, to RMA the 5770 (and net +$130 (160-30 S&H)) to get one 5870 now and one more in 2 years when they're cheaper, rather than purchasing two OC'd 5770s today?

Thanks in advance for your help!
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 30, 2010 9:32:16 PM

For your resolution a single HD5770 does fine. When you get the feeling it is lacking you can add another and get the same performance as a HD5870
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 30, 2010 9:43:48 PM

The 5770 won't max everything on your monitor, as 1920x1080 is a rpetty demanding resolution. Call of Duty is quite an easy game, and if that's all you're looking forward to, you're fine. But I'd just grab an HD5870 now, because that'll be all you need for 1-2 years. Then when you're feeling rusty, grab another one.

Alternatively, an HD5850OC does just fine, and can reach 5870 levels for cheaper.
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a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2010 9:50:37 PM

You bought the best 5770, IMHO, I wouldn't eat 30 dollars on that at this point. Get MSI afterburner, your model's controller chip allows voltage adjustment and you have the twin freezer heat pipe hsf. I've read review articles where usually cautious reviewers get 20% on that model. You might not get as good a o/c when you crossfire them, but then your going to have a lot more power anyways.
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March 31, 2010 12:03:55 AM

Thanks to everyone for your replies. It seems that the consensus feels that dual 5770s would be fine for my needs.

Is it safe to assume the 2 x 5770s (xfire) which ~= a 5870 in performance will last me 2 years. At that point ill need to up grade my PSU and others anyway...
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March 31, 2010 12:08:29 AM

statz22 said:
Thanks to everyone for your replies. It seems that the consensus feels that dual 5770s would be fine for my needs.

Is it safe to assume the 2 x 5770s (xfire) which ~= a 5870 in performance will last me 2 years. At that point ill need to up grade my PSU and others anyway...

Plus there will be some new tech out that is going to be a must have.
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March 31, 2010 12:37:07 AM

shadow187 said:
The 5770 won't max everything on your monitor, as 1920x1080 is a rpetty demanding resolution. Call of Duty is quite an easy game, and if that's all you're looking forward to, you're fine. But I'd just grab an HD5870 now, because that'll be all you need for 1-2 years. Then when you're feeling rusty, grab another one.

Alternatively, an HD5850OC does just fine, and can reach 5870 levels for cheaper.

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I would NOT go for dual 5770s. I've always been a firm believer in buying the single best card you can afford, then crossfiring later when/if it starts lagging on newer games. The 5770 isn't going to have enough horses to drive 1080P on most newer games. I'd recommend a 5850 now. A 5870 is great if you can afford it, but for a singel 1080P monitor I don't feel it's worth the extra $100+ dollars. You can crossfire it later to almost 5970 levels. A 5850 will have no problems with 99.9% of games out there on a single 1080P monitor. Heck, I had no problems with most of the games I play at 5760x1080 EyeFinity (3 monitors) on my single 5850 though I'll admit that a 5870 was more in order for that and thus my upgrade.
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March 31, 2010 12:49:26 AM

dkapke said:
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I would NOT go for dual 5770s. I've always been a firm believer in buying the single best card you can afford, then crossfiring later when/if it starts lagging on newer games. The 5770 isn't going to have enough horses to drive 1080P on most newer games. I'd recommend a 5850 now. A 5870 is great if you can afford it, but for a singel 1080P monitor I don't feel it's worth the extra $100+ dollars. You can crossfire it later to almost 5970 levels. A 5850 will have no problems with 99.9% of games out there on a single 1080P monitor. Heck, I had no problems with most of the games I play at 5760x1080 EyeFinity (3 monitors) on my single 5850 though I'll admit that a 5870 was more in order for that and thus my upgrade.




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Okay, what 5850 would be best to go with?

Also i found a 5870 on at for $390 at newegg - not sure if thats a worthwhile buy tho for the card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 31, 2010 1:03:19 AM

dkapke said:
+1^
I would NOT go for dual 5770s. I've always been a firm believer in buying the single best card you can afford, then crossfiring later when/if it starts lagging on newer games. The 5770 isn't going to have enough horses to drive 1080P on most newer games. I'd recommend a 5850 now. A 5870 is great if you can afford it, but for a singel 1080P monitor I don't feel it's worth the extra $100+ dollars. You can crossfire it later to almost 5970 levels. A 5850 will have no problems with 99.9% of games out there on a single 1080P monitor. Heck, I had no problems with most of the games I play at 5760x1080 EyeFinity (3 monitors) on my single 5850 though I'll admit that a 5870 was more in order for that and thus my upgrade.


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I was eying these 5850s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any thoughts
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March 31, 2010 1:16:46 AM



The Vapor-X is better...but that's just my opinion. I've got a vapor-x 5870 and love it. Runs far cooler and far quieter than the stock 5850 I had from XFX previously. Plus, I've got a tool-less case so the vapor-x allowed me to use my clips to secure it. I've honestly never bought a video card from MSI, though I've owned countless motehrboards from them so I can't imagine they're that bad. But, for my money, I've always bought Sapphire or XFX for ATI cards.
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March 31, 2010 1:55:31 AM

dkapke said:
The Vapor-X is better...but that's just my opinion. I've got a vapor-x 5870 and love it. Runs far cooler and far quieter than the stock 5850 I had from XFX previously. Plus, I've got a tool-less case so the vapor-x allowed me to use my clips to secure it. I've honestly never bought a video card from MSI, though I've owned countless motehrboards from them so I can't imagine they're that bad. But, for my money, I've always bought Sapphire or XFX for ATI cards.


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went with the vapor-x 5850, just makes since to start with one good gpu and x-fire later (plus i can keep my 650 PSU with two 5850s - not possible with two 5870s)

thanks again for everyones help!

my setup will now be:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55
Antec 900 Two Black Case
Razer Lycosa (keyboard) - own deathadder already
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit

....booyah

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March 31, 2010 2:23:49 AM

Hey,

I have a 5770 and it rocks call of duty... go 5770 its better bang for your buck
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October 26, 2010 2:59:01 PM

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October 26, 2010 7:02:16 PM

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