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HAVING TROUBLE DECIDING ON A GPU - NOOB

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April 9, 2010 2:05:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Withing the next few days BUDGET RANGE: USD $150-250 After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Civ4, Conan, Starcraft II, RTS in general. Basically would like to have no resrictions but I love sim/rts most - streaming netflix/hulu etc to HDTV

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GPU:none, haven't bought PC or done any upgrades in 6-7 years, buying parts for custom build as soon as I make a decision on GPU.
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor,
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

PREFERRED WEBSITE
(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: NA

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am basically a noob with this, I am building my first machine and would appreciate any and all feedback. I don't need to have top of the line but I would like to be able avoid a GPU bottleneck considering my processor power.
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April 9, 2010 2:15:05 PM

That is a crossfire only m/b. The 5770 is a dx11 card in the middle of your price range. You could spend less and get a card like a ati 4770 and get about 80% the performance of the 5770 and save 60 dollars. If your not going to upgrade for a long time, the 5770 gives you dx11 and you could crosfire that someday. Nvidia won't have a dx11 card to counter that price point for months.
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April 9, 2010 2:16:22 PM

go 5770 1GB , and you will have the option to crossfire later when you feel the need for it.
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April 9, 2010 2:16:31 PM

you have 3 choices, all are ATI due to nvidia lack of new cards

1) the 5770 would be a solid card and can run all the games you mentioned

2) the 5830, its better then the 5770 but not a very big leap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) the 5850, a great card but outside your current stated price range

you can always buy a 5770 and CF a second 5770 later but I would then personaly go for the 5850.
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April 9, 2010 3:37:01 PM

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