i currently own a Raedon HD 5770, its working fine, but i'm just fantasizing about what i should get next...
What do you think would be a better idea, crossfiring with another 5770, or get a new card altogether
P.S. whats the maximum resolution i should be using with one HD 5770 if I want decent (above 30 fps on highest settings) graphics? How about for optimal graphics (averaging 60 fps). I'm thinking about upgrading my moniter soon too. (its currently a 1280x1024, TERRIBLE for gaming!)
HD5770 is good for 1920x1080 and you will get about 30+fps generally.
For now, you are good with 1280x1024, HD5770 might be an overkill.
You said that you want to upgrade the monitor, right? what size?
HD5850 is good for 1920x1080 and you will get about 60+fps generally (depend on what games).
haha, yeah, i'm thinking about getting a 1920x1080 monitor soon.
Lemme see if I understood you correctly. If i get a 1920x1080 moniter, i'll be playing games at about 30+ fps. If I relace my HD5770 with a HD5850, I'll be pretty much doubling my fps. What if I get another HD5770 and crossfire it, how would that play on a 1920x1080?
2xHD5770 will beat a single HD5850...
And that cards will handle most of games on 1920x2080.
This is the way to go if you already have an HD5770 and your board supports crossfire effectively. By effectively I mean the second slot operates at at least x8. If you have two slots but the second is x4 then you should forget about crossfire.
The first upgrade I would make is the monitor. Even a single HD5770 is fine for 1920x1080(also it would be great for 1680x1050.) At 1920x1080 on the more intensive games you'll need to turn AA down or off and for the most intensive games(Crysis, Metro 2033, Stalker, BF:BC2) you'll probably need to turn down some actual settings but in general it will do pretty well.
Seriously? 5770 is not meant for 1920 resolution gaming because of it's terrible memory bandwidth.
You are joking right? Have you ever played a mainstream (i.e. not crysis, metro 2033 or any other uber demanding games) game in 1080p with a 5770? I can personally vouch that it is enough enough for 2048 x 1152. You can dam near max out dirt 2, I haven't tried completely maxing it as I'm probably pushing 50 fps as it is.
If you weren't joking then please don't give incorrect information to people looking for answers.
To OP I agree with the above post, upgrade your monitor first as a single 5770 is more than enough for your resolution and can sufficiently handle any game at a higher resolution