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)
1 Yes, it is a good card for that resolution
2 Newegg is a reliable company have been shopping with them for years in the US.
3 Power color is not the top manufacturer but good on value (had 2cards no issues)
4 That is a good price.
The reviews you saw were probably using an overclocked i7 or QX9000 CPU, so keep in mind in some games you may get a few FPS lower. Anyway
1) Yes. 60fps is preferred, but really most people can't tell with anything over 30fps, so as long as the minimum frame-rates are above that you should be happy ^_^
2) We really like new egg here, so you'll probably get a biased response, but yes use newegg
3) Power color is o.k.
4) I assume that's a good price, but I don't really know what the average cost of a 5770 is in Canadian currency .