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Upgrading ATI HD 3870

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April 22, 2010 7:29:48 PM

I have a dell XPS 420 with a 375w PSU. My ATI HD 3870 just quit. What would be the best GPU I could replace it without breaking the bank but still upgrading?

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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 7:34:03 PM

HD5770
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 7:36:43 PM

rolli59 said:
HD5770

+1 all the way!
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a c 172 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 7:43:28 PM

Same power draw similar thermal dissipation so why not.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 7:51:24 PM

nforce4max said:
Same power draw similar thermal dissipation so why not.

cost would be the only thing, but really a 5770 is a good value.
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April 22, 2010 7:58:43 PM

The question is, where do you return a card you get off Ebay?

You don't. So be careful!
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April 22, 2010 8:00:01 PM

well is there a brand i should go with or ones i should stay away from?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 8:04:46 PM

I agree. I wouldn't purchase new hardware on ebay. I go to newegg for all my computer needs because I know any returns are handled fast and done correctly. I've spend THOUSANDS with them over the last.... 5-6 years or so. I think I've had about 3 or 4 returns and each time I called, they provided me a free return shipping label, even though their site says returns are your responsibility, and it was handled very quickly.

Honestly I would just get this one. It's $160 which is the going rate for a standard 5770. Has free shipping and no MIR to bother with.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 8:10:57 PM

oxman1969 said:
well is there a brand i should go with or ones i should stay away from?

Not really. I believe they are all using the reference cards, which means they get their board from ATI. Some install their own cooling solution, but I don't think there are any bad ones out there. You are really paying for the support and warranty if you have issues with it down the road. I've heard PowerColor isn't the greatest in that area. XFX is among the best as they have a double lifetime warranty (meaning you can transfer the warranty to someone else. But you have to register your product to get the lifetime warranty or it is 1 year). They also have great support. I've had several Asus products and I am actually in the process of an RMA for my 5870 and they are great to work with. In country support is nice to.

If it were me I'd go for the XFX.
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April 22, 2010 8:35:39 PM

Thanks for all your help. One more thing... The IT guy that looked at my machine says to stay away from ATI. Sounds like a Ford vs Chevy thing any input?
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a c 172 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 8:39:59 PM

oxman1969 said:
Thanks for all your help. One more thing... The IT guy that looked at my machine says to stay away from ATI. Sounds like a Ford vs Chevy thing any input?



Yes very, the only job that is done right is one done your self.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 9:09:09 PM

Not sure I would run a 5770 off of a 375W PSU. Of course, it uses about as much power as your old 3870, but hey it's up to you. As for the IT guy, who knows what his reasons are. Right now ATI cards offer the better price/performance ratio and of course offer nice things like eyefinity :D . He could just be an nVidia fan guy, or he could have had bad experience back before AMD bought ATI and their drivers were still crappy, or worse, back in the 8500 days :o  (one of them killed my epox 8kha2+).
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a c 1362 U Graphics card
April 22, 2010 9:33:22 PM

megamanx00 said:
Not sure I would run a 5770 off of a 375W PSU. Of course, it uses about as much power as your old 3870, but hey it's up to you. As for the IT guy, who knows what his reasons are. Right now ATI cards offer the better price/performance ratio and of course offer nice things like eyefinity :D . He could just be an nVidia fan guy, or he could have had bad experience back before AMD bought ATI and their drivers were still crappy, or worse, back in the 8500 days :o  (one of them killed my epox 8kha2+).

His 375watt should be equal to many lesser 450watt units. It has 30amps on the +12volt rail if I remember correctly.
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April 22, 2010 9:40:42 PM

oxman1969 said:
Thanks for all your help. One more thing... The IT guy that looked at my machine says to stay away from ATI. Sounds like a Ford vs Chevy thing any input?

It is excatly that. You have people who cheer for the red team and people who cheer for the green team. I don't really care just give me a good card. And right now ATI is the one to get.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
April 23, 2010 5:27:40 PM

True and as to any one who only cheers for one over the other all the time is a zealot just like the Apple nazis.

"Think different"
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 23, 2010 5:45:26 PM

nforce4max said:
Apple nazis. "Think different"

Heil Steve Jobs, mein Führer. haha
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