So as the title may imply, I installed Crysis onto my machine and it killed my video card. But I don't actually blame the game or anything. I just know my card's fan was blowing really fast while gaming, and suddenly stopped. A short time later I started getting what looked like dead pixel's on my screen. But after testing different monitors with this video card, it turns out the video card itself.
So I am looking for a replacement card in the area of $150-$250 because I don't need super high end, but I like to have at least some nice performance. One thing is for certain though. I'll never by anything from Diamond Multimedia. I don't think I can even RMA this card (although from my understanding the card was built by ATI and Diamond just slapped their sticker on it.) and frankly to do so would probably be a waste of my time. I've had good luck with EVGA for Nvidia cards and XFX for my ATi cards.
For now I suppose I'll run one of my 4770's until I can get a replacement. Any suggestions? I was looking at the ATi 5770 because it is inexpensive and has comparable performance to my 4890 (at least in some benchmarks) but I would also like to look into a NVidia card for the Physx and CUDA since I do a bit of encoding for videos and as I understand it the cuda cores can help accelerate that.
I know with my price range ATi would look better at first glance because the cards are DX11 and most are GDDR5 but I get concerned because the bus speeds are usually 256bit or in the case of my 4770 64bit (I think). Nvidia's are usually 448bit and above from what I can tell. But then again I can't afford a Fermi card and I am not sure I would want to spend a great deal of cash on something that can't run the current standard. I guess it's a catch 22.
Any tips on cards for my range? This will be going into my Intel i5 750 with a GA-P55A-UD3 motherboard and I have a Antec TruePower NEW 550W PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and if I read this correctly it has 80 Amps over 4 12V rails. So in theory I should be able to power one higher/mid range card.
I would stick with your original idea of getting a 5770. Getting a non-Fermi Nvidia GPU doesn't really make any sense IMO. You get much more for your money with ATI. Sapphire has established themself as a quality partner that will honer warranties. This card is an excellent deal with free shipping:
I am not wasting time with Ghettomod's. This is in a HAF 922 with 2 120MM 34CFM fans mounted at the top to help exhaust heat and a 200MM fan mounted on the door blowing directly onto the GPU. This unit is also cooled with a Corsair H50 cooler, not that it matters. I am seriously considering the 5770 but part of me is willing to consider the 5830 if I can find it for ~$200.
... if I read this correctly it has 80 Amps over 4 12V rails. So in theory I should be able to power one higher/mid range card.
80 Amps works out to 960watts (80*12v). The data label on that PSU has a note that says the total of the +12V rails is 45 Amps; it's a great PSU. Thats going to be good for even the higher end graphics cards. HD 5870 / GTX 470 for example, and I'm thinking it's good for 2x 5770s.
yeah, I can't read those too well when my allergies are kicking my butt and I am all watery eyed. I think I need to widen out this question though. I was hoping for a good card that can play Crysis on HIGH settings at 1080P on my 22" monitor for the budget. I haven't seen any really impressive benchmarks for the 5770 and those particular settings.
Well, looks like the new graphics card may not happen. The "Boss" (Read: Wife) said I spent too much on hardware this month so it ain't happening. Oh well. Did I mention my Hexacore has a 5850 in it and the i5 is my secondary computer?