I'm currently running a rig with an Intel Q6600, an Geforce 8600GT with 512MB RAM and 4GB RAM for the computer.
I can still run many games on medium to high settings but I would like to upgrade the GPU in order to get better performance and to prepare for future games that get more and more graphically intense.
I'm using a 19" screen so I don't need to push resolutions past 1440x900 and I need something that wouldn't get bottlenecked by the rest of the components.
What would be your recommendations? I'm not looking for bleeding edge graphics, just a nice bump up and the ability to play games that come out during the next few years without having to upgrade anything but my GPU (Though I'd consider upgrading my PSU if I had to)
Thanks for the recommendation.
I have a Thermeltake TR2RX-450PP (I believe that means it's 450W, though correct me if I'm wrong).
Also, could you explain why you would recommend that card? I'm new to the GPU scene and am trying to learn as much as I can
I don't have any special kind of cooling in my box (beyond the usual fans). Will the 5770 run cool enough or will I have to look into a better cooling solution?
Also, can anyone tell me if the TR2RX-450PP is a good enough PSU? It meets the recommended 450w but I know nothing about it's quality... would I get better performance with a better quality/higher wattage PSU?
That PSU is fine. Thermaltake PSU's are generally solid. At 450W, you will have no trouble running a 5770 for sure, and you could probably even run a 5850 or 5870 on it as well.
A 5770 is your best bet. You could go up to a 5850, and it would be fine, but you would need to OC your CPU pretty good to really get the most out of it. A 5750 is not enough cheaper than the 5770 to make it worth it, and the 5670 is not powerful enough for the type of gaming performance I'm guessing you want. The 5770 is really the price/performance king right now it the range that will fit your CPU best. You obviously don't want to go with a previous generation card, as DX11 will be getting more and more prominent over the next few years.
As for cooling, you should be fine. The 5770 is not a hot card, especially since its so low on power usage and stuff. No need for extra cooling.
RIght now, its probably mostly about the best price from one of the reasonable brands. From that list from Newegg, I would either get the HIS for $150, or the XFX for $160 (double lifetime warranty might be worth the extra $10).
Ok, one more question just to clear up something for me.
My motherboard does not have a PCIe 2.0 slot, only PCIe 16x. From what I understand that means that it allows for less bandwidth, but at the same time most cards do not reach that amount of bandwidth.
My question is, will the HD5770 work correctly with a regular PCIe slot, or will it get bottlenecked by the bandwidth limitations?
A version that doesn't allow OCing? You can OC any CPU- it just depends on the Mobo and BIOS. You may not be able to change the multiplier, but changing the base clock to increase your CPU clock is totally possible on pretty much ANY CPU, as long as your BIOS has that option. And yes- the 5770 will work perfectly well in a PCI-e 1.0 slot (acts like a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot) 5770 shouldn't bottleneck with that PCI-e bandwidth.