my board has only one pci-e slot but hybrid crossfire is an option. It has the onboard HD 4200 gpu. Will hybrid crossfire improve a single ati card's performance or is it just for power saving? I'm planning on getting a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 or a GTS 250. Which combo is better?
You cannot use Hybrid crossfire with the HD5770 and you wouldn't want to if you could. It is for older weaker cards.
The HD5770 is still better than the GTS 250 though. It is 20-25% faster, DX11 compatible and uses significantly less power.
huh!?!! at least i wasn't really going to game using the on board gpu anyway. thanks for the insight guys. I guess I don't really have a reason to tie myself to a 5770 then. What grfx card is better than the 5770 for under $180 or is it the king of the road in that price range?
Wow, thanks guys. What if I don't manage to get a 1920x1080 monitor and am stuck with my 1600x900 one will the GTX 460 be overkill or still worth it? I'm supposed to trade in my screen for $50 and get the higher resolution one so I'm instead considering using my money from the screen to get a better card.
At 1600x900 the GTX 460 will still help in the more intensive games like Crysis and Metro 2033 and others if you want to max out AA. It would also last you a longer time.
That said if you know you are just going to keep that monitor the HD5770 would still be very good.
Thanks, seems it will now just depend on the budget. I'll wait for a week or two and when I get that extra $50 I'll just get the gtx 460 instead of a bigger screen but if not I'll just order for the Sapphire 5770. Are sparkle products good? I'm used to hearing the big names like Sapphire & Gigabyte so I'm not sure about the Sparkle GTX 460.
I haven't really heard many complaints about them I guess. It looks to be the reference card so physically the card will be the same as others. Other than that I guess it comes down to price, customer service and warranty. You can see the price, I honestly don't know anything about their customer service but the page lists that the card has a lifetime warranty which is nice.
But anyway, if it is going to take you a bit to buy then the pricing on various cards will have changed so don't worry about choosing a specific version of the card until you are ready to order.
I just saw a combo for an ocz modxtream pro 600W + gigabyte gtx 460 OC for $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... I can get that and sell my friend the psu for the $70 thus getting it at $170 whereas the Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 costs $160. I just hope that offer stays on till next week.