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Upgrading from a 9800gt

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July 6, 2010 3:40:40 PM

what would be the best upgrade from a 9800gt, looking to spend no more than 200$ any help would be much appreciated.

my specs: gateway g33mo5g1
intel(r)core (tm)2 quad cpu q9300 @2.50ghz
6gb ram
640gb hd
19 inch lcd lg moniter

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July 6, 2010 8:40:01 PM

jyjjy said:
That HD5770 is a nice card but it is quite expensive. You can get one for much less;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
At $60 more the HD5830 is a rather poor value and the HD5770 should already be great for 19" monitor.


hmm so there is no differnce between the msi and his 5770? just paying for the brand name i guess thanx:) 
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July 6, 2010 8:44:07 PM

The MSI card does have a better cooler but the HD5770 is rather low power/heat so it isn't that big of a deal imo. I wouldn't pay $30 extra for it myself but it is up to you.

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July 6, 2010 8:53:04 PM
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sadie143 said:
hmm so there is no differnce between the msi and his 5770? just paying for the brand name i guess thanx:) 


The Hawk is a better card overall, that's why it's more expensive. It overclocks like no other 5770 can and the heat dissipation is second to none thanks to the Frozr heatsink. If you are going to leave the card at stock then go with the HIS.
July 6, 2010 9:08:10 PM

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July 6, 2010 10:04:05 PM

I'd imagine the better OC is along the lines of 50 mhz max or about 6%. That simply isn't worth an extra 20% in price imo. An HD5830 is actually only $12.50 more when you take shipping into account;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Which makes the value of the MSI card very questionable, fancy cooler or not.
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July 6, 2010 10:21:58 PM

Dude the hawk is about 20/30 dollars more than a regular 5770 give or take. You get a better cooling solution and voltage control. Of course if the OP is going to leave everything stock then the HIS would be the obvious choice.

The Hawk can achieve 1050/1400 quite easily with a voltage bump, that alone is worth the extra 30 bucks IMO.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-r5770-hawk-review/24
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