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April 24, 2010 3:10:41 AM

I currently have a Nvidia GeForce GT 220 graphics card, but I'm looking to upgrade it. Here are my computer specs:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad CPU Q4800 @2.66GHz (4 CPUS) ~2.7GHz
Memory: 8GB RAM
DirectX: DirectX 11
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Power Supply: 450 W

Here are the cards I'm considering:

-http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26892%28ME%29.aspx
-http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26754%28ME%29.aspx
-http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27397%28ME%29.aspx
-http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27366%28ME%29.aspx

Which one of these cards should I get? Also, how would I know whether my computer can handle, or even hold these cards. How can I make sure?

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April 24, 2010 4:05:05 AM

shadow187 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same price as above cards, performs the best though.

If it handles a GT220, it'll be fine with the 5770, which can run off of a 450W PSU with no sweat.


How do I know if it will fit in my computer? And I live in Canada, so I can't purchase anything from Newegg.com
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April 24, 2010 4:55:09 AM

Of the four video cards I have listed, how would you rank them?
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 5:02:26 AM

HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
And
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Are the same performance.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26754%28ME%...
And
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27366%28ME%...

Have roughly equal performance (5750 being better).

Of the 4 cards, the Sapphire one would be the best.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
That one, if OC'd would be the absolute best.
April 24, 2010 5:26:40 AM

the MSi one is good
April 24, 2010 6:01:36 AM

Is a 450 W power supply enough for the 5770's? Do I simply install the card into the PCI slot, or do I need to connect it to an external power supply?
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 11:17:26 AM

You simply install the card into the slot, plug in the 6-pin PCI-E power connector (if your PSU does not have one, simply get a 2x Molex -> 6-pin adapter ($5) ), and fire it up!
April 24, 2010 12:26:21 PM

Is my PSU strong enough to handle both of the 5770's?
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 12:27:42 PM

Not for two of them, but for one? Yes, it'll work just fine. The HD5770 doesn't use more than 70Watts of power normal gaming (Crysis, etc).
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 2:18:51 PM

The one you just posted is very inferior to the HD5770.

Can you post your motherboard's model? If you wish to find it yourself, a PCI-Express lane looks like;
April 24, 2010 3:29:02 PM

Here is my motherboard model:

a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 3:34:39 PM

Looks like you have 1x PCI-E 1.0x4.

I would not put more than an HD5670 in that.
April 24, 2010 3:37:13 PM

So I should I get the HD5670 that I posted above? It also requires one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard. I could post up more info on my computer if you need.
April 24, 2010 3:54:52 PM

Here is some more info: (click to enlarge)

a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 4:49:34 PM

Oh, so you do have a PCI-E 2.0. Note to self...not every site has the correct information...

In that case, you'll be perfectly fine for an HD5770.
April 24, 2010 5:03:49 PM

I have heard that the HD5770 takes up more than one slot. Do I have enough room for it? Also, should I measure how much space I have in my computer before purchasing the card? I believe the HD5570 is around 8". Also, I'm afraid that my 450W PSU is a no name brand since I did not custom build this computer. I bought it from bestbuy. Do you think the my PSU actually has an output of 450W or something more like 300W?

Here is some more information:



This is the PCI-E 2.0:



Of my three PCI-E's, only one currently has no device.

Here is more information on my 4 CPU's:

a c 130 U Graphics card
April 24, 2010 5:45:53 PM

You're fine. It uses no more than 70watts of power during gaming.
April 24, 2010 5:58:29 PM

And I don't need to remove anything (other than my old card) to make space?
April 24, 2010 6:40:17 PM

You should be fine.
Just swap the cards ad install the drivers and it should work.
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