Hey all i'm looking at upgrading my graphics card. i don't want to spend more than 200$ CAD with taxes, but i'm pretty savvy with graphics cards and i know that the 5770 will be my buy (for the right price).
COINCIDENTALLY, I have found the right price, so i am seriously considering buying.
a few final (and fairly simple) questions though before i buy:
1st: I'll be playing at 1920 x 1080. I've average all the benchmarks for the 5770 from 3 different sites (just to be sure), and ended up with an average of 51 FPS at what were generally the best settings. I'm pretty confident that this is a more than playable FPS rate, am I right?
2nd: Is Newegg.ca as reliable and efficient as NCIX.com. I know NCIX warehouses are in canada, but if Newegg.ca warehouses are in the US, will my stuff get taxed when it's brought over the border? (happened with soccer jerseys i purchased from the US). reason why I am asking is that the Newegg price is the same as at NCIX but the Newegg card comes with dirt 2.
3rd: How good a brand is powercolour? these are all the cards that are on sale right now, but they are generally 10-15$ cheaper than the cards of almost every other maker.
4th: This would all come to about 165$ CAD with mail-in-rebates. *I* think this is a good price. Second opinions?
Here is my system:
CPU Type QuadCore AMD Athlon X4 620, @3220 MHz (13 x 240)
2 x 2gb of Corsair XMS2 (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)
Asus VH242H [24" LCD] (9BLMTF080038)
Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 (500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Windows XP Home SP3 (will likely upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit soon)
I don't think there will be any kind of taxation because of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement
), but I'm not sure (for example, if the price already includes a tax you probably will not have to pay anything else, if not you will very likely have to pay a tax in your country).Try to ask newegg, or the boarder control service of your contry, because I'm not sure.
3rd: cant tell you how good it's, because I dont know other graphic cards. I have one for about 7-8 years (but not a hd 5770 ) and the only problem I have with it was with the cooler's fan that start making a strange and loud noise and I had to change it. Maybe you should try to see other features, I think they change from brand to brand. I'm going to buy a 5770 cucore from asus because of CPU Mode (http://www.lostcircuits.com/mambo//index.php?option=com...), and because I trust a bit more on Asus products. Nut as I said, I have a power color for about 8 years and it's still working well.
4th: the best price in my country is 130€, what gives around 178 CDA, so 165€ must be a good price. And it's a power color too.