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Questions about buying 5770

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 1, 2010 10:23:00 PM

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 as reliable and efficient as I know NCIX warehouses are in canada, but if 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)
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H
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)

Thanks in advance

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a c 1316 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 10:52:31 PM

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.
a c 106 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 11:13:49 PM

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 :p .
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 11:17:46 PM

Don't get the powercolor brand, as that version is 512MB. At your resolution, you will want a 1GB card.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 1, 2010 11:23:40 PM

Oh, I see. The HD5770 PC is $134 USD, and the 1GB is $150.

Oh well, carry on then, ^_^.