my old GeForce 8800GTX 768MB video card died last month, I want to buy a new one but don't want to pay a lot, I would like one more or just as powerful as my 8800GTX but at least 1GB of video RAM, I don't want to replace the power supply so a one that takes the same power (550 Watts PSU).
My specs are:
Intel Q6600 2.4Ghz
4GB OCZ Special Ops 800Mhz
Asus Geforce 8800GTX 768MB (DEAD)
2x 500GB Seagate HDD SATA
1x 120GB Seagate HDD SATA
Creative Labs X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion
550 Watts PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Any suggestions as to what I should get would be greatly appreciated.
How much is "alot"? I'm not sure how a 5770 stacks up, but I love mine. But I came from a pair of 7800 gt's though so of course it'd be a noticeable difference. I'd have to recommend a 5770. They go for about $140-$170 on newegg I believe.
I've been looking at the Sapphire HD5770 on amazon and it seems very cheep at £132. If I did go with ATI because I have a Nvidia 680i SLI Chipset, would that hinder performance, I have heard that Nvidia chipsets don't work as they should with an ATI Video Card.
The HD5770 would be a good choice. The only issue with your motherboard will be that it is SLI, not crossfire, so you wont be able to use 2 HD5770s if you may want to some day. Other than that it should be fine.
I might just get a HD5770, I don't intend to have two cards, I just want my PC up at running so I can play Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age and the like, I'm just concerned that games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and others that use Phys-X may not be happy, also my RAM is SLI ready also, would that be a problem.
I will be building a new Monster PC in a few years time hopefully with a 6 Core CPU and 2 Geforce 400 series in SLI, but for now this just may be the ticket.
By the way I usually play all my games in 1920x1080 (1080p) games like mass effect 1 & 2, GTA 4, Dragon Age, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Sims 3, The Settler 6, Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge and even Crysis & Crysis: Warhead, will the HD5770 be able to handle this with all features up high, with my specs.
Well maybe trying ATI for a change might change my mind and in two years I might buy ATI HDxxxx in Crossfire, or whatever maybe out.
I have been reading about alot of problems that the HD5770 has with asus motherboards, the 680i chipset and the catalyst drivers, seems like they have to flash the bios or wait for AMD to get drivers out that work, also there seems to be lots of people saying get an ASUS HD5770 if you have an ASUS Motherboard, which I do, but they seem to be more expensive than Sapphire or XFX, any suggestions as to which board Manufacter to go for, or maybe get a GTS260, it would save all the hassle, but I would prefure a GTX270, GTS says to me less features, the GTX has always been the top of the range.
My budget is around £140, I can't get a GTX for that I'm afraid, an ASUS GTX260 is around £179, besides the HD5770 has 1GB of GDDR5's where as the GTX260 only has 896MB GDDR3's, but eather way they both have more than my dead 8800GTX, which I am wanting to replace with something as or more powerful and the same features, to me the GTS series might not because it is a lesser card than the GTX.
My 1gb 5870 was a fine card, but some difficulty forcing vsync & other driver probs (using anything but defalt settings in cat 10.2 caused much of the graphics not to render) Not sure about 5770 real world performance, not having owned one, but I cant imagine you making much use of dx11 or eyefinity @ that rez unless you prefer low graphic settings &\or framerates (based on my experience w\ 5870 @ the same rez)
Thanks for everyone's advice, I've decided to buy the ASUS GTX 260 it's the same price as the HD5770 @ £150 because I prefer Nvidia and there will be less hassle to get it to work, plug it in, new drivers, Bang, job done...
Your BIOS should be fine, which plug goes where doesn't matter and you would need a new PSU for SLI.
If you are willing to put things off for a bit you may want to wait on the pricing/benchmarks for the GTX 465 and GTX 460.
Thanks, I am just going to buy a GTX 260 216, I just want to replace my 8800GTX and get my Gaming PC up and running again, using my Mam's PC with a single core Athlon 64 and onboard 7050 PV graphics and not being able to play about half of my 240 games for 2 Months is enough to make me cry...
Besides she is buying me the card (unemployment sucks) so she can have her PC back, I am hoping to build a more powerful machine after I finish Uni in 2 years time...