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Should I save up or buy now: 5670 and 5770

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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 2:46:20 AM

Hi guys and ladies who answer,
anyway I have $110 in cash lying around and I'm wondering if I should just dump it on a new graphics card or save up for something greater. My Antec Earthwatts 650 can handle either cards, here's the comparison page.
http://www.microcenter.com/search/compare_products.phtm...
I know I should save up for the 5770 but I'm a little desperate to unload my terrible Geforce 9400 and I'm wondering if I should save up or plunk down money for the cheaper card now and wait for prices to go down, though I can't Crossfire my old Dell PC. (a Dimension E520 to be exact)

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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 2:57:53 AM

1. What is your CPU?
2. And what is your monitor resolution?
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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 2:59:33 AM

I had a long answer typed out and then I realized , we don't know what resolution you want to game at. And also , what does the rest of your computer look like ? Is your psu up to the 5770 ? Does it have a pci-e 6 pin cable?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 3:10:38 AM

its in his member info

Dell Dimension E520
CPU: Pentium D 820
RAM: 43GB
OS: Vista Home Pre 32-bit
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W
Video Card: PNY Verto 9400GT

you can try newegg's openbox, they will most likely have a $100 5750, without a CPU upgrade I doubt you would see the difference between it and a 5770.
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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 3:31:14 AM

OP info did not include monitor resolution in his member info. It sure would be handy to decide what video card will fit his need.
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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 12:59:32 PM

I was planning to up my CPU to a Q6700, but don't have the cash for it yet, anyway my monitor res is just 1680x1050, since it works I don't plan on replacing it yet. At my res I'm pretty sure I can up the detail and AA with no problem.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 1:58:10 PM

does the e520 support the Q6700? With that CPU, the 5750 or 5770 will handle that monitor.
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a b U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 1:58:47 PM

Yeah it does, just that I can't buy off of Ebay yet and I'm uncomfortable with this much cash sitting around.
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2010 2:22:05 PM

mister g said:
Yeah it does, just that I can't buy off of Ebay yet and I'm uncomfortable with this much cash sitting around.

What? you are afraid you might spend it on something else? Don't worry... we will cheer you up as you add up to your cash until you get enough for the HD5750 or even better the HD5770. :bounce: 
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2010 6:53:07 PM

Thank you all for helping here.
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2010 6:53:22 PM

Best answer selected by mister g.
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2010 8:04:15 PM

Make sure you upgrade your CPU first. A pentium D will bottleneck the 5750, and definitely bottleneck the 5770 by a good amount.

And how did you get an Antec EarthWatts 650W in a Dell? Did you upgrade your original PSU?
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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 12:25:52 AM

Yeah, even though the PSU won't rest on the tab all the screws fit when I replaced my PSU, it was just to future-proof the PC and I was a little worried the Geforce 9400 might push the PSU a little.
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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 6:00:59 AM

That was good idea to invest in better PSU. The HD5770 will definitely be supported by your PSU assuming it have the 6 PCIe PIN power connector.
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