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Not Sure Which ATI Radeon HD 5570 to Buy - Help!

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July 27, 2010 7:18:06 PM

Hardware:
26" Samsung LCD monitor 1920x1200

ZT Sysytems 7391Mi
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 870 (2.93GHz)
8GB DDR3RAM
sataII 1.5TB HDD
ati 4350 video card (not considering crossfire at this time)
350watt PSU
Windows 7 64bit Home Edition

I'm going to use the PC primarily for web browsing, spreadsheets,
running RealFlight G5 flight simulator (Later on maybe some higher end games)
and Home Theater use.
When using the RF G5 program and the home theater I plan
to send the video to my Pioneer 42" plasma TV. I'm concerned about
swapping the A/V from the plasma monitor to the 26" Samsung monitor.
I've read some people have pro blems with losing audio when switching back to the PC monitor and PC audio.


I like the 5570 because it's very quiet, high user satisfaction and at this time I'm not into to high end gaming and the PC needs to be very quiet.

Newegg sells several different flavors of the card with the Sapphire Card being most popular.
Which one should I buy Sapphire?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready C
seems to be the most popular

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If the 5570 doesn't work out then I'll upgrade the PSU and move on to another card.

Thanks,

Mike

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July 28, 2010 1:32:10 AM

I looked at the 5670 but i'll need to upgrqde my PSU if go beyond the 5570.
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July 28, 2010 1:39:14 AM

mike1 said:
I looked at the 5670 but i'll need to upgrqde my PSU if go beyond the 5570.

Not really, the 5670 runs fine on 300W PSUs.
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July 28, 2010 1:49:38 AM

Timop said:
Not really, the 5670 runs fine on 300W PSUs.


timop is correct, you will be fine on your 350w PSU
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July 28, 2010 1:52:12 AM

ok, I'll check it out.
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July 28, 2010 2:11:12 PM

You're right, according to Tom's Hardware reviews the 5670 is a much better card.
Going back to one of my original questions how are the cards different among the different
manufacturers? I assume they all use the same drivers?
Top priority for me: low noise level and stability.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

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