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August 8, 2010 5:29:11 AM

Hi Toms I need help just put together a build and want to improve graphics capability. Didn't have room in budget for a bigger card, but I now I have the bug and a bit extra wad of cash. So here is my deli ma.... Buy a new gpu or add on. Also add on what gpu????

SYSTEM
CPU- AMD 1055t

MOBO - Asus m4a89gtd pro

Primary HDD - 64gb ssd

Secondary HDD - toshiba 750 gb 7200 rpm

Memory - 8 gb G skill ddr3 pc 1600

CPU Cooler - Corsair H50

PSU - Corsair 650hx

GPU - XFX radeon hd 5770

Monitor Samsung syncmaster 2250

$250 for a 2nd card.

Thanks in advance




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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 8, 2010 5:44:46 AM

Probably sell the HD5770 for ~$120 and get an HD5850. Add another one in a year or so.

CF HD5770's are fine, but leave you with $100 room to spare.
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August 8, 2010 5:46:39 AM

becarful it may bottelneck your cpu
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August 8, 2010 5:57:39 AM

Second GPU easily. Either way you are going to have the same performance.

I am pretty sure you can find a good deal for a 5770 under 140$.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 8, 2010 6:00:42 AM

johnnyq8 said:
becarful it may bottelneck your cpu


Are you an idiot?
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August 8, 2010 7:00:19 AM

Thanks all so if i get another 5770 will brand matter???? performance would be the same as a single 5850??
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a c 182 U Graphics card
August 8, 2010 10:39:45 AM

Add a second HD5770, just remember, thpugh, not every game scales well with multi-GPU setups but most do and those that do not can usually be handled by a single '5770 anyway.
The 'net has plenty of reviews and articles on the subject like this:

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/ati_radeon...
While the HD5770 is not exactly a GTX480 in terms of heat output it does produce some, so I'd be more careful to select one with an CF friendly cooler than to look too closely as to the brand. The stock coolers are fine and dump their heat out of the case and would be my suggestion, those that exhaust into the case should be avoided unless you have a large, well ventilated enclosure.
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a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2010 6:42:09 PM

Looking at today-pricing for an example, Newegg shows Sapphire 1gB 5770 at $150 and 5850 at $285. The 5850 solution costs $135 more and according to gaming reviews generally delivers a higher frame rate than 2x5770. But not by a lot.

So, is it worth it to you to use the more expensive single-card solution? Considering gaming at 1920, you get slightly higher frame rates, lower power consumption, less heat, and maybe less noise. You can make an argument that you avoid the complexity of crossfire, too. You may also be able to offset some cost by selling your old 5770. If you're staying at 1920, you are probably spending your money more efficiently by going 2x5770.

If higher resolutions are a current or future consideration, the balance clearly changes to going with the 5850. After 2x5770, you are pretty much done. With a 5850 you have the option of 2x5850.
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August 9, 2010 4:33:37 AM

Wow so much info I don't know what to do. I got the 5770 from amazon on Thursday so I'm thinking about returning it, and getting a 5850 ati radeon but I need to decide fast. I have a cm 922 haf as my case with a 200 side fan on it.. Gamme at 1920? So change the game settings when I play?

Also need help "tuning my whole system" I am not familar with doing it..



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August 11, 2010 2:04:05 AM

As I think about this more I'm thinking about returning the 5770 and just biting the bullet and buying a 5870 I see amazon has a xfx for 389.99 and paying 200 out of pocket and expandin that down the line...What do you think?? Will a 5870 xfired a year down the road be enough for games..
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 2:14:26 AM

Oh yeah. If it's not too much of a hassle for you, anyways. x-fired HD5870s will definitely last you a few years.
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August 11, 2010 2:33:02 AM

wow that's cool I think i'm gonna do that didn't think about that till twoboxer suggested that...... Thanks all
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August 11, 2010 6:20:36 AM

Questions toms... With my current setup I am getting 50fps on furMark on 1920x1080 any suggestions on getting this number higher... I understand it takes about 100fps for a 1st person game. If I up graphics card to a 5870 ati how much would that raise it. Where else can I test my setup to see it it enough for !st person games.
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August 11, 2010 6:22:17 AM

Would I be better off with a 5850 or 5870??
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 7:22:37 PM

Assuming you don't get cpu-bottlenecked (I make no reference to your cpu choice), this article, updated monthly, answers all your questions:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-radeon-hd-5570-gaming,2697.html

Read through it with your budget (if any) and desired gaming resolution/detail level in mind.

A single card, single gpu solution is *always* a better starting point, so long as it allows adding a second card of the same size if/when more is required. At 1920, one card suffices.
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August 12, 2010 8:04:05 AM

Twoboxer said:
Assuming you don't get cpu-bottlenecked (I make no reference to your cpu choice), this article, updated monthly, answers all your questions:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-radeon-hd-5570-gaming,2697.html

Read through it with your budget (if any) and desired gaming resolution/detail level in mind.

A single card, single gpu solution is *always* a better starting point, so long as it allows adding a second card of the same size if/when more is required. At 1920, one card suffices.



Thank you for that info, after consulting the wife..... couldn't talk her into a bigger card (5870) so I have to settle for another 5770 I'm gonna run in xfire. (got one from someone for 100) off craig's list just waiting for a xfrire cable.
Thanks for all ur help!!
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August 13, 2010 4:40:08 AM

Best answer selected by miwanuma.
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August 17, 2010 6:46:42 AM

Twoboxer said:
Looking at today-pricing for an example, Newegg shows Sapphire 1gB 5770 at $150 and 5850 at $285. The 5850 solution costs $135 more and according to gaming reviews generally delivers a higher frame rate than 2x5770. But not by a lot.

So, is it worth it to you to use the more expensive single-card solution? Considering gaming at 1920, you get slightly higher frame rates, lower power consumption, less heat, and maybe less noise. You can make an argument that you avoid the complexity of crossfire, too. You may also be able to offset some cost by selling your old 5770. If you're staying at 1920, you are probably spending your money more efficiently by going 2x5770.

If higher resolutions are a current or future consideration, the balance clearly changes to going with the 5850. After 2x5770, you are pretty much done. With a 5850 you have the option of 2x5850.



Hi just wanted to thank you for your suggestion i ended up getting a 5870 and wow I did a furmark test on the 5870 and im getting 96fps as opposed to the 51 on the 5770 @ 1920x1080 thanks...
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August 17, 2010 1:42:33 PM

So, how's gaming in the doghouse? *razz* j/k dude, good choice. :) 
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February 24, 2012 12:54:20 AM

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