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HIS 5770 IceQ Turbo 1024MB or BFG GTX 275 OC 896MB

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April 15, 2010 2:28:57 AM

My faithful 3 year old 8800 GTS 640 gave out on me today. Going to replace it at microcenter tomorrow and these two cards are what I am deciding between. The 5770 is $200 and the gtx275 is $220. I am running an ASUS P5K motherboard (nforce chipset) with a 500W power supply (CPU is a Q6600).

Resolution: single monitor 1920x1200

Main Games: Source Engine Games, Mass Effect 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, Crysis

Advice is very welcome.

April 15, 2010 2:33:32 AM

Also, while not a major competitor, there is the asus 5770 cucore.

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April 15, 2010 2:35:18 AM
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The GTX 275 is faster than a 5770. Also, since you like Batman (a game that can use GPU PhysX) you may want to stick with NVidia. So, with all that in mind, I'd probably go with the 275.
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April 15, 2010 2:36:17 AM

Crap, I think I'm going to come out of this thread looking noob. the 5770 is 2.1 and my mobo is 2.0. The BFG requires a 575 watt power supply
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April 15, 2010 2:39:57 AM

a.) The slot doesn't matter. PCI-E's are backward compatible and 2.1 is almost exactly the same as 2.0. In terms of performance it is identical.

b.) What is your PSU (Brand)? Could pick up a new one of those at MC too.
April 15, 2010 2:48:14 AM

It's a cooler master (22A on the +12v rail)

I could pick up a PSU, but that would probably run another $70 for one that has 42A on the 12v rail like the BFG card asks for.
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April 15, 2010 2:54:56 AM

5770 uses about 90-115W at Max.

GTX 275 is about 160-220W Max.

So if you don't replace the PSU, I wouldn't get the 275.

I ran a 4850 (115-150W Max) on a poor 550W, so the 5770 will probably work on your PSU. However, I suggest getting a new PSU if you can. If a PSU dies, there is a good chance it will take down other components with it.
April 15, 2010 3:24:45 AM

Best answer selected by xygonn.
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April 15, 2010 12:32:38 PM

If you go for a cheaper power supply, you will want extra headroom (like that 700W).
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