CRT? You're likely running 1024x768, or 1280x1024. An HD5770 will max out everything for that monitor. I'd advise instead of an HD5870, get a good 23'' monitor and an HD5850 ($580), or just an HD5770 (diminished performance, though ($330) ).
There is a few games that one can max out a 5870 on a crt......... Mine does 1600x1200 dump 16x aa or higher with 16x af with a few extra touches on top then you will easily be looking at less than 60 fps. Not all of us play for speed. I rather play at 20 fps and every look at their best than 60 fps when every thing looks like sh^t.
Yeah, an HD5770 should be extremely good for your current resolution whether it is 1024x768 or 1280x1024. It will also serve you well if you upgrade the monitor. Both an HD5770 and very nice 1680x1050 LCD monitor should still cost significantly less than an HD5870 and would be a good combination.
k... i know from your comment you really want me to change my CRT to LCD monitor right... Hahaha. :-)
What I am saying there isn't a need to replace it. If it is large enough for your needs and can get a decent ress by 4:3 standards then keep it. Plus they last for decades unlike standard LCD/plasma. They would last much longer but flat panel displays often suffer from every thing like dead pixels to psu failure.
CRTs are actually slightly superior imo but your resolution(and surely screen size) are quite low by today's standards. A larger, higher res monitor will make a world of difference in terms of overall gaming experience. If someone were to lend you one for a few days you would hate going back to your tiny CRT.
Hehe.. Ok thank my friends. Actually i had play a few game in LCD monitor such Crysis:Warhead and Prototaip and yeppp... there are lot different between those 2 screen.. LCD are lot better display from CRT.
The reason i dont want to change my CRT cause i want to spent my money only for computer performance. if i buy LCD then i should calculate my budget again... :-(
Well, you can get the card for now and work on the monitor later. However you were discussing possibly getting an HD5870 to begin with. Like I said earlier an HD5770 + a nice 1680x1050 LCD should be less than an HD5870 and would be a good combo in terms of performance. I don't know about where you are but in the US that would cost $300ish if done right while the HD5870 alone is $400ish.