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a b U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 1:08:25 AM

Alright heres the thing, I posted in the homebuilt forums about what I should upgrade, and I got overwhelmingly RAM. So I did, and I still have upgrade money left, so I want to upgrade my graphics card.

There are a couple odd things about this build though, in that while my motherboard has two PCIe x16 lanes, one of them is in use by my Quadro FX580 and that will not be changed. The other lane is currently populated by my 9800GT which I'm looking at upgrading.

I would like to skip ATI if possible, although I know they have the best cards right now, just solely because I need driver stability and ATI has not provided that in the past ( I had a AIW 9600XT and a X1600Pro which I used for like 2hrs before I bought a 8500GT).

My system is as follows:

Xeon W3530
6 GB ECC 10666 Ram
Seagate 7200.? in Raid 1
WD Black 1TB
PCIe Slot 1: XFX 9800GT
PCIe Slot 2: Quadro FX580
PSU: 500+ Watts (forget exact rating) Has 3 +12V rails at 18A each.

Slightly ashamed to say that this is the first computer I did not build myself :pfff:  , it's a Lenovo S20 that I got at a corporate discount. Since it is under warranty, I'd like not to have to change out the PSU if possible.


Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200

It will be driving 2 monitors, but only one when gaming. Running everything at max is not a concern (medium is required), it just has to play smoothly.

Games:

Half Life 2 CM 10 (Extremely taxing, reason for the upgrade)
COD 4
Mass Effect 1 & 2
BFBC 2
Metro 2033
BF2
Red Alert 3
Mirrors Edge
Oblivion
TES 5 (whenever it come out)
FO3

Applications:
Maya
Autocad
Adobe CS5
Eclipse
Lots of software & web development programs

Budget: Absolute top max is $200, would like to stay around $150 if possible.

Someone mentioned SLIing another 9800GT, would that be better than buying a single more powerful card? Remeber that I would like to keep this Quadro where it is.
a c 130 U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 1:45:28 AM

HD5770. You're not going to get any other card for $150 that'll give you the performance.
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a b U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 1:50:22 AM

Even if the max is $200? There is nothing other than the Radeon 5770?
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a b U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 2:11:08 AM

Would SLIing the 9800GTs have any gain or would the 5770 still be better?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 2:40:31 AM

9800GT? It would be better than an HD5770, but not by much. It's like crossfiring OC'd HD5670s.

An HD5830 would be better though....not worth the price IMHO.


An MSI HAWK HD5770 will OC nicely too.

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a b U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 3:01:45 AM

shadow187 said:
9800GT? It would be better than an HD5770, but not by much. It's like crossfiring OC'd HD5670s.

An HD5830 would be better though....not worth the price IMHO.


An MSI HAWK HD5770 will OC nicely too.



But is it stable? Thats really important to me, I can't have driver instability....I make my livelhood off this computer. Which brand would you go for, I like the size of the XFX's but don't know how good their stock cooling is (my 9800GT from them runs a little warm).
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