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May 11, 2010 10:30:41 PM

Hi, I'm buying a new graphics card. I'm currently running a:
Nvidia 9300 GE 256 MB
8GB Ram
AMD Phenom X4 9550 Quad Core
Windows 7

I'm spending $300 total. About $100 for a 500+W PSU (+shipping). BTW suggestions are appreciated for this too.

The rest will be spent on the graphics card (+shipping).

I wanted to get an ATI because I do a lot of gaming/video editing/Flash/Photoshop and I don't particularly like the Nvidia drivers. The colors seem off. Secondly, it needs to run sort of cool since I don't have much in the way of cooling. Whether it can run in crossfire or not doesn't matter since my motherboard won't support it. I also would like it to 1 GB of video RAM if possible. Whatever you may decide I would like it to perform at least on par with an ATI Radeon 4770 512MB. Finally it does not need to have DX 11 support since I won't be playing those games until I do a total upgrade of my pc.

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May 11, 2010 10:34:16 PM

what resolution are you running, maybe a 4850 would be good for ya? that processor of yours would probably bottleneck any better cards :/ 
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May 11, 2010 10:39:25 PM

That's what I was thinking. I'm running 1920x1200. I always have to run a lower resolution in game for it to be playable 24+ fps
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a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 10:43:28 PM

well at that resolution i would suggest a 4870 1GB or a 5770 1GB :)  i dont think the CPU would bottleneck too much at that resolution.
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May 11, 2010 10:53:34 PM

Check out the articel "Best Graphics Card for the Money - May 2010: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-radeon-hd-5870-geforce-gtx-480,2621.html

For $200, get a Radeon HD 5770 @ $169, but get the one with the enclosed cooling schroud! It will exhaust the air out the back of the case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447. This one is 1GB DDR5 memory, and a natural upgrade from your 4770.

As for PSU: Corsair 650W Modular, but it a little more $$ @ 119.00: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 11, 2010 11:08:27 PM

So, it seems it's unanimously a 5770. Well then does anyone know how much power it needs. Corsair is pretty reliable?
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May 11, 2010 11:10:40 PM

5770. Get it, be happy.

Corsair is very reliable and that PSU would be enough for you to have two 5770s
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May 11, 2010 11:11:23 PM

Best answer selected by AlphaBlue_31.
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May 11, 2010 11:17:12 PM

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Yep, one of the better PSU manufacturers. Though even a 400W could be used with a 5770/9550 as long you dont OC.


I won't be doing any OC anytime soon. Anyway, thanks for the help.
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May 11, 2010 11:34:31 PM

Great thing about the 5770, it only needs 1 PCIe power connection. My 4870 needs 2!

I think I read that a 5770 only need 18W of power, my 4870 need 90W? But I could be wrong...that's how I get recognition :lol: 
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