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March 31, 2010 9:23:06 AM

Im building a new rig for a friend of mine, but I cant decide which GPU I should take. Atm I have a 550W PSU, so power should not be a problem (and he wont be going SLI or CF).

I was looking at the following cards:
Radeon 4890
GTX 260
Radeon 5770

Max budget is about the prices of these cards. The 4890 is the most expensive at about $370 here in South Africa. :( 

If you have other cards in mind which would be better please share. Thx alot

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March 31, 2010 9:30:56 AM

Blazzok said:
Im building a new rig for a friend of mine, but I cant decide which GPU I should take. Atm I have a 550W PSU, so power should not be a problem (and he wont be going SLI or CF).

I was looking at the following cards:
Radeon 4890
GTX 260
Radeon 5770

Max budget is about the prices of these cards. The 4890 is the most expensive at about $370 here in South Africa. :( 

If you have other cards in mind which would be better please share. Thx alot


The 4890 has the most raw power of the cards you show us.
(4890>5770>260), but compared with the next one in line (5770) it lacks:
-DX11
-good power management (consumes a lot more than the 5770)
-Eyefinity
I would go for the 5770, because the features in my opinion make up for the 15-20% difference in performance.
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March 31, 2010 9:46:33 AM

The GTX 260 Core 216 is actually a bit faster than the HD 5770, but currently the GTX 260 is overpriced, so I'd either get the HD 4890 or HD 5770. HD 4890 is more powerful, but is louder - has to keep fans at a higher speed to keep it cooler, uses more energy, and does not have Eyefinity, as hallowed_dragon said. The HD 5770 also has DX11, but it doesn't seem to be able to handle DX11 games very well at higher settings. I'd personally go for the HD 5770, because it's the cheapest and lower power consumption - the extra $50 doesn't justify the small performance boost
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March 31, 2010 9:47:05 AM

I agree with hallowed
HD 5830 would be another good alternative to look at
a c 189 U Graphics card
March 31, 2010 9:55:53 AM

Well, it depends on the other specs of your computer and your monitor...
I would choose HD5770... :) 
March 31, 2010 10:05:30 AM

Blazzok said:
Im building a new rig for a friend of mine, but I cant decide which GPU I should take. Atm I have a 550W PSU, so power should not be a problem (and he wont be going SLI or CF).

I was looking at the following cards:
Radeon 4890
GTX 260
Radeon 5770

Max budget is about the prices of these cards. The 4890 is the most expensive at about $370 here in South Africa. :( 

If you have other cards in mind which would be better please share. Thx alot



i am also in south africa and recently got a XFX 4890 for R1450.00 and i love it.... (imported from the US, $189.00.)
[dont buy GTX 260, too expensive for average performance]
have a look at this:
http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/product_info.php?cPath...

the 4890 in SA is becoming very expensive due to low stock so dont consider it anymore.

in the future u can also crossfire your 5770 which would be awesome
March 31, 2010 10:14:54 AM

if you are here in Cape Town, then try opening an account with ACT Link http://www.actlink.co.za/

They have a Force 3d 5770 for R1599.00

March 31, 2010 7:09:11 PM

At the moment its just really difficult to make myself choose the 5770, firstly because of its lack in performance compared to the other two, and secondly I can get the GTX 260 for the same price as the 5770.
The only reason i can see for taking the 5770 is for DX11. would like to make it the 5850, but that too expensive for the budget.
And i dont really care about Eyefinity. Dont have the budget for three screens anyway.

Over here the 4890 is a bit too expensive for how it performs, so im not considering it anymore.

@ Cromedome - im trying to future proof this dudes pc, but he gave me a budget of about R10k, so im struggling to get all the parts right to do that.

Here is what I have for him so far (should maybe move this thread to other section) :) 

Mobo: Asus P7H55-M Pro
CPU: Intel Core i3 540
RAM: Corsair 2x2gig Dominator 1600MHz
PSU: Coolermaster Extreme Power plus 550W
HDD: Not important
Screen: Samsung 20" Wide (or maybe standard 19", not sure yet)
GPU: XFX Radeon 5770 1gig
Case: Not important

do you guys think i should maybe take something away or change something in order to future proof the rig more?
April 1, 2010 12:15:09 PM

you should rather look at this RAM for its good price: http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/product_info.php?cPath...

it overclocks great up to 2000mhz and i'll also be bying this in a few weeks (i also have an i3, but the 530 though). As for the GPU, the 5770 gives the same performance as a GTX 260 and in the future, through newer drivers, it will perform much better than the GTX 260.
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