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Replacing Nvidia Geforce 8800 Ultra, Need Advice

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May 30, 2010 11:34:47 AM

Hello,

My Nvidia Geforce 8800 Ultra Graphics card is well on its way out (purple flashing desktop, scrambled graphics in games etc.) and I'm looking to replace it with a similar or slightly better card.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP BUDGET RANGE: £150-200

USAGE: Mostly gaming, watching videos etc.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz, 2Gb of RAM

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't overclock, usually run resolution of 1280x1024.

I've been looking at the Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 and ATI Radeon HD 5770, which are similarly priced around £150 and seem to be close in performance I've been out of the loop for a while so I don't know what the pros and cons for Nvidia and ATI are.

Another option is ATI Radeon HD 5830 which is priced around £180 and looking on this site gives improved performance. Is it worth the extra money?

Thank you in advance for any opinions on these options or any others you think would be better.

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May 30, 2010 12:31:55 PM

HD5770 for £120

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190974

Here's no point in getting anything with better performance than a HD5770 as the rest of your system will bottleneck it, It would be a good idea to get another 2GB of RAM and overclock your CPU alittle.
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May 30, 2010 2:41:06 PM

moodymk said:
Hello,

My Nvidia Geforce 8800 Ultra Graphics card is well on its way out (purple flashing desktop, scrambled graphics in games etc.) and I'm looking to replace it with a similar or slightly better card.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP BUDGET RANGE: £150-200

USAGE: Mostly gaming, watching videos etc.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz, 2Gb of RAM

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't overclock, usually run resolution of 1280x1024.

I've been looking at the Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 and ATI Radeon HD 5770, which are similarly priced around £150 and seem to be close in performance I've been out of the loop for a while so I don't know what the pros and cons for Nvidia and ATI are.

Another option is ATI Radeon HD 5830 which is priced around £180 and looking on this site gives improved performance. Is it worth the extra money?

Thank you in advance for any opinions on these options or any others you think would be better.

If you do not intend on changing your monitor to higher resolution ( say 1920x1080 ), the 5770 will be an overkill.
A 5670 will be more like it. It's £90.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190977
But since you already got a budget, go for 5770 for future upgrade to 1920x1080 monitor.
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May 31, 2010 8:16:39 AM

Thank you for your replies. Based on what you said I went for the 5770. I also bought some extra RAM as suggested as I had also been thinking about doing this.
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May 31, 2010 8:34:52 AM

moodymk said:
Thank you for your replies. Based on what you said I went for the 5770. I also bought some extra RAM as suggested as I had also been thinking about doing this.


no problem. :) 
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May 31, 2010 8:41:38 AM

Good choice. It should allow you to max out pretty much every game at your resolution and give you DX11 compatibility.
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June 7, 2010 8:23:39 AM

Best answer selected by moodymk.
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