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June 1, 2010 7:40:34 PM

Hello, before I shout my question i
will give u the specifications of
my pc.

SPECS:
CPU INTEL CORE 2 DUO 6600 (s775 / 2.4GHz )
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P5N32E NF680I SLI (i68SLI, DDR2 )
POWER SUPPLY: 700W EPSILON FORTRON
OS: windows xp (sp2)

My question is:
I am looking for a low budget graphic card that will be compatible with my system. I'm not
an extreme gamer, mostly lineage and some old games like oblivion, rome total war e.t.c
what do you recomment? considering that i'll probably upgrade my OS to windows 7 32bit in the feature. I was considering
between
1) Gigabyte radeon hd 5670 gv-r5670c-1gi 1gb ddr5 pci-e

2)gigabyte radeon hd5770 gv-r77ud-1gd 1gb pci-e

But i could be wrong.... What you experts suggest?

try to give me the best value for money solution please.

Thank you in advance.

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a c 1401 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 7:58:08 PM

The HD5770 is definitely the better card but based on your use the HD5670 would do the trick. I would personally select the HD5770 just in case something newer comes along that you want to play.
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June 1, 2010 8:03:55 PM

Would it be compatible with my motherboard's pci-e bios since i notice on a thread
here that a guy had problem with those cards because they require
pci-e 2.1 motherboard bios and his was using 1.0 pci-e something like that am not sure about it, am not computer expert and those things looks gibberish to me ...

ps: its not necessary to pick one of these two like i said am not an expert.
I would appretiate your suggestions on the matter.
Just want to be compatible with my system and best choice value for money.

thank you
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a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 8:12:56 PM

I've read about random compatibility issues with PCI-E 1.0 mobos and HD 5XXX cards. They should be backwards compatible and if you have issues make sure you have the latest BIOS update for your motherboard. Given the games you play you might want to get a previous gen card such as an HD 4770, HD 4850 or GTS 250. Might help in avoiding such issues with an older motherboard.
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 8:20:59 PM

Some older boards have had an issue with newer 2.1 cards although it is supposed to be fully backwards compatible. Many motherboard manufacturers have come with bios updates to fix the issues. The newest BIOS for your board was released in December 2009 after the release of the HD5xxx cards. http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=vBZLIBtPzYB2bLcb
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June 1, 2010 10:45:19 PM

1) is any of those suggested cards equal or better perfoming than my previous...
SVGA PCI-X ASUS 8800 GTX 768 MB HTDP ?
2) rolli59 mentioned that i could download the latest drivers for my motherboard
that was released on december of 2009 that will solve the problem of compatibility between newest graphic cards and my motherboard. The problem is i dont even know what is a driver... :(  i had a quick look on asus and it has many things about motherboard's upgrades and i am not sure which of these is the drivers..
Could u post me the right link and tell me which of theese gibberish on the list
is the latest drivers for my motherboard?
3) I've notice that the new graphic cards support direct x11, will this driver be compatible with my windows xp (sp2) until i get it upgraded to windows 7 32bit?
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 11:58:49 PM

1) The HD5770 is the only card mentioned that is better than your 8800GTX the other cards are lower in performance.
2) You select downloads in my link and bios in the sub-menu. There are instructions and a Bios update utility as well or you can update through Asus Live update if you have it installed.
3) The DX11 cards are backwards compatible with older directx so no issues there.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 12:02:20 AM

You could also consider the 5750. About $100, and as fast as your 8800GTX. Cooler, uses less power, DX11, etc.
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June 2, 2010 3:59:18 PM

My very thanks to all of you, for showing an interest on my topic ... and find time
to answer to my questions.. I will probably choose 2 low budget graphic cards on SLI
about 75 euro each, or 1 hd 5770 of 155 euro... which of these two choices you
find most appropriate? I will also conduct my local asus service assistance to ask
for compatibility issues between my motherboard being able of supporting PCI-E 2.1 16x buss graphic cards.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 4:25:15 PM

Depends on which cards your looking at. SLIing two 9600GTs is not a good idea. If you can SLI two GTS250 cards then maybe. It will be faster then the 5770, but will use more power and lack DX11.
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June 2, 2010 4:50:29 PM

If i choose to use 2 low budget cards about 75-80 euros each on SLI which
cards do u recoment?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 5:01:35 PM

Best ones you can for that money of course. I don't know where your buying or how many euros they would cost to be shipped to your door counting VAT. Provide me a list of those in your price range and we can tell you.
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 7:54:32 PM

The minimum combination to equal or better HD5770 is 2 x 9800GT in SLI but they cost 90+ Euro each.
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June 3, 2010 6:06:56 PM

Hmm i've checked specs on 9800GT and i wasn't that much impressed, i also assume
that two cards on SLI mode will require more power.. also there is an issue if one
of the two cards stop functioning i will be forced to replace it assuming that i will
still be able to find a pair for it. So in conclusion i will choose a single card.

1) which company apply the best futures on a card with chipset 4850 & 5770.

2) which nvidia chipset is equivalent to 5770 & which company apply
the best futures on a card for that chipset.

PS: If possible add links to your suggestions.

I understand that I already spend too much of your time,
I beg you to bear with me a little more cause am too close for a decision.

My very sincere gratitude to every each of you!!! You are real diamonds!
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a c 1401 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 6:27:21 PM

XFX, Sapphire, HIS, Asus and MSI are all good brands for HD5770 or HD4850. Closest (equal or just better) that Nvidia has in performance at the moment is GTX260 which is getting long on the tooth (last generation).
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June 10, 2010 2:27:25 PM

I've been asked by tom's hardware to vote for the best answer in my
question. But How Can I do this with out do injustice to the rest...

In my humble opinion all answers was helpfull and each played its
role to help me taking a decision..

Thank you all from the deapest of my heart for the time spending to my thread.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 4:06:51 PM

The first one that lead to the correct answer? There has to be one that lead you on the right track, assuming your problem got fixed. There might have been many who suggested the X thing, and you might have engaged in conversation with someone. But for me, the best answer is whoever suggested the solution first.
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June 10, 2010 4:46:53 PM

Best answer selected by kxristos.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
February 25, 2012 6:02:53 PM

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