5830 or aftermarket cooling?

I've been building a new desktop over the past few months, watching and sniping deals. I've now purchased everything except for my graphics card:

Asus M4A79XTD EVO motherboard
AMD Phenom II X3 720 (successfully unlocked 4th core, stable for hours running prime95)
-Stock cooling
4 GB OCZ obsidian 1600 DDR3 ram
NZXT m59 case

I had been planning on putting a 5770 in this build, but I was recently given a $40 gift certificate to newegg. I've been debating on which way I should go- still buy the 5770 and put the certificate towards aftermarket cooling so that I can OC the 720 better, or upping the GPU to a 5830.

Any thoughts?
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  1. What is your overclock currently on the X3 720?? What is your monitor resolution?

    These questions will better help answer your questions.
  2. I can get 3.0 Ghz with temps under 50 degrees. Higher starts getting a little warm for my blood.

    Resolution 1920x1080
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    I say the aftermarket cooler and get the X3 720 in the 3.5 GHZ or above speeds :)

    Neither the ATI 5770 or ATI 5830 are truly powerful enough for a 1920x1080 resolution, so I don't see the benefit in upgrading to the 5830. You would need to go all the way up to the ATI 5850 to make an impact at your resolution.
  4. Thanks.

    Any other thoughts?
  5. matching a video card to screen size/resolution is bullsh1t - older games will run fine at that res, newer ones it depends and next gen games forget about it, its about budget and future proofing - afford a 5970? then get one, otherwise select something else - simple.
  6. Best answer selected by emrys.
  7. I thought I'd give some closure, I recently picked up a deal on a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for $20. I'll post what kind of mileage I get out of it once I have some time to mess with the OC. Thanks for the advice.
  8. So far I've managed to get 3.2 stable at 1.35v with temps maxing out around 48-49 C (ambient ~25 C). I was able to get 3.4 stable, but it needed voltages higher than I was comfortable with. We'll see. I may fiddle with it some more to see if I can get 3.3 stable, or 3.4 stable below 1.5 V. I haven't had that much time with it yet.
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