Eyefinity Setup...Graphics Help

ok I am having difficulty deciding on a card set up for the new system. I have 25 days to return my card to newegg for a better one if need be. I am trying to build an Eyefinity set up. I was rash and purchased a Sapphire 5770 Vapor Cooling...But was severely disappointed in reviews everywhere. I am wondering if moving up to the 5830-50-70 cards would be better cost and performance-wise. This is supposed to be a midrange computer...but is morphing into something more. here are the specs.

CASE-NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU-AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model


PSU-CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91

MEMORY-OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel

BOOT HDD-OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OS- Windows 7 Ultimate

RAID HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Current Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

I want to know if going to the 5800 series will be worth my money. I was kinda upset that the 5770 was 128-bit. I am just needing to know what card to replace this one with. I cannot afford the 5900 series, but will put more into the 5800 if needs be.

thanks for your help! Any reviews on other system components would be awesome and welcome as well.


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  1. Well here are your choices basically:
    1) Get another 5770 to crossfire, and it'll get up to around the 5870 level, maybe a little under.

    2) Sell the 5770, and get a 5850/5870. You'll see a huge difference between a 5770 and a 5850. Also, you have room to crossfire the 5850/5870 in the future if you need to, you'll probably need to if you're doing eyefinity. You have the right mobo and PSU to crossfire in the future.

    I'd go with #2, but you might have to do some more work selling the 5770 and such.

    Whatever you do, don't go with the 5830. You won't see too much of a difference, and it's not worth it.
  2. Well, have you tried your card yet? Don't depend on reviews, you must try your card by yourself... :)

    Okay, you want eyefinity, so what setup? 3 monitors? 6 monitors?
    What size?

    Yes, 58xx cards would be good for eyefinity, like 5850/5870 or even 5970.
  3. starting out with 3 right now. in 1 x 3 then six in 2 x 3 set up. I will be testing the card on Tuesday this week. I am really interested in the 5850 2 Gb Sapphire card.
  4. HD5850 2GB would be good for 3 monitors, but i guess you will much better with HD5870/HD5970 for 6 monitors...
    Plus, it would be good for a long term with HD5870/HD5970.
  5. That entire build is just a wreck honestly. Bad case, wrong CPU, Unnecessarily large PSU, horrible RAM choice, wrong SSD choice, wrong HD's.

    Anyway, though the answer to your question depends on how many monitors, what resolution and what the purpose is. IE gaming, movies, workstation, etc.

    For gaming
    If you wanna use 2 low res, say 1440x900 to game, 1 5870 will be enough.

    If you wanna use more than 3 low res monitors or higher res like 1920 x 1080, you'll need a 5970 or xfire 5850/5870's.

    If you want 3 high res monitors then tri fire 5850/5870's or 2 5970's.

    For movies, office, internet surfing, 1 5770 will handle it fine.

    For workstation, 1 5770 is fine, but you'll probably want some tesla's or quadro's in there instead.
  6. @ OP - I'd agree with banthracis if all your purchases have been made on newegg.

    and +2 ^^^ :D
  7. The case is amazing, i got the power supply for future builds and what is wrong with the rest? This build is a mid budget build for 3d mechanical design with 3 midres monitors as well as some occasional games. I did not want workstation graphics.
  8. tsageek said:
    The case is amazing, i got the power supply for future builds and what is wrong with the rest? This build is a mid budget build for 3d mechanical design with 3 midres monitors as well as some occasional games. I did not want workstation graphics.

    PSU's are virtually only consumed by CPU's and graphics cards. I can see that your CPU will require little power and your graphics card will definitely not consume the rest. I would recommend a quadcore considering it will be used for 3d designing.

    Listen to banthracis about the video card advice though. But from my opinion, I agree that your build is a wreck, but it's your computer, so it's your choice.
  9. 640gb caviar blacks are good drives maybe not worth the money but they aren't bad. That ssd though is kind of a waste. It hardly has space for your OS.

    For the rest

    +1 to banthracis
  10. I could be wrong but I think as soon as you go 5850 or higher your cpu will start to bottleneck
  11. Thanks, I will just use the 5770 until I can save up for the 5970. Thanks again!
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  13. I would get another 5770 and crossfire them.
    That should do for most games.
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