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August 29, 2010 11:35:34 PM

Hey...im about to replace my old 9800GT so i was thinking of a GTS 250,GTX 260, ATi 5750 or ATi 5770

BTW i got a cheapo 500W PSU... which card should i get? and why? :p 

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a c 256 U Graphics card
August 29, 2010 11:42:41 PM

None of the cards you listed is a signifigant enough upgrade to really make a difference from a 9800GT. A GTX460 1GB or an HD5850 would be much more of a step up for you. Really depends on your budget and what resolution you play at.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 12:31:07 AM

Out of your list the 5770 is the only one I would get, if I had to get one. But as anort said, none of those are really a big enough upgrade to warrant the upgrade. If you can sell the 9800GT for a decent price you will see some improvement with the 5770, but otherwise I wouldn't bother, save up till you can get the cards anort suggested.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 10:45:32 AM

Between those, the best choice is HD 5770, but like anort3 said,its not worth it.
Consider at least a GTX 460 or 5850 (if your budget allows), and they'll give you a good boost in performance.
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 10:52:12 AM

the 5770 will more than likely work on your 'cheapo 500w' PSU and its a decent upgrade, However as maziar said a GTX 460 or Radeon 5850 are more worthwhile upgrade producing quite a performance improvement, You will however in this case have to upgrade to a Branded 500~650w minimum, Recommended 750~850w for future-proofing.
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August 30, 2010 11:07:53 AM

so..a 5850 or GTX 460?? how much do those cost?
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a c 105 U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 11:11:14 AM

Performance is a relative word. If the rest of your system can't push it it won't be worth the money spent. .... and your power supply will need the amperage to run it.

I think 460's go for $200 and the 5850 are $260+.
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 11:33:08 AM

460's the best buy as you should be able to pick one up and a PSU for roughly $280 USD via newegg. Do you need links?
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August 30, 2010 11:51:37 AM

yeah..please..thanks
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 12:27:47 PM

bahrwiz said:
yeah..please..thanks

This Palit card scored the best in Tom's Hardware's recent comparison of GTX 460's, Its roughly 15% better than a stock 460, It doesn't list a price(it says see in card, plus it says theres a rebate available, Im guessing $229 or around that mark)

and Here is the PSU I picked, Its a OCZ Fatal1ty 550w Modular PSU, its currently $64.99 or $44.99 with rebate.

Both of these components will ensure a fast, stable system and seeing as the PSU is modular it will help with cabling.

Estimated cost after rebates is $275 or so.
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August 30, 2010 10:24:32 PM

so...a 550W psu can take this card? even for gameplay like...5 hours above?? how much would temps be??
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 1:05:29 AM

Yes it would be able to take it continuously, as for the temps... I'm not sure, but they wouldn't be extra-ordinary or anything.

EDIT: upon review of the recent 460 article from tom's hardware I'd say your card should sit between 61 and 65 degree's on average.
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August 31, 2010 11:38:39 AM

is that on idle?? or during the 5 hours+ gameplay??
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 12:20:48 PM

61 Idle Load, 65 Peak Load(with full fans blowing)

Keeping in mind that your case is probably different I still wouldn't allow more that 5 degrees of variation IMO.

So yes, after 5 hours of game play I wouldn't expect anything above the 70 degree mark.
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August 31, 2010 1:26:10 PM

yeah..my case is actually a cheapo lol..
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