I have a problem with my newly ordered Sapphire Radeon HD5670 1Gb. When I put it into my computer, the CPU-fan keeps on rolling and my DVD-drive makes this 'knockick' sound. At first I thought it was about my power (it was 350W), so I decided to order a new one. My old one was crap anyway. Put that in and nothing. I checked my PCIe and it said I have PCIe 1.00, and the card requires 2.1. I read the forums and it was said that it was a compability problem. Now, I checked the sapphiretech.com and it said that it requires PCIe 2.0! I am totally confused, I was gonna return this card and get a similar one and try with that.
But I am gonna return this, and get a same one. It might be the delivery or my own stupidity that fucked up the card, I might aswell just try once more. Are there any other graphic cards that match the same price-range and a similar performance?
There are 2.0 HD5670s. If you purchased a 2.1 card your best bet would just be to return it and get one that is 2.0. The card is the best choice in its price range. A 9800GT may be another option but it usually costs slightly more and isn't DX11. Also there are two versions of the 9800GT. One of them uses significantly more power so if you do go for that look for one without a 6-pin power connector.
For any other options I would need to know your power supply and processor.
The HD4850 and GTS 250 are similar in performance. Both are approximately 30-40% faster than the HD5670 at your resolution depending on the game. The HD5670 is intended more for lower resolutions(1280x1024 and below) so if you can afford an HD4850/GTS 250 it is the right choice in your situation.
An HD5770 would be ideal actually but I figured it would be out of your price range. In general for your resolution it goes something like this;
Fantastic = GTX 460, HD4890, HD 5830
Very good = HD5770, HD4870, GTX 260
Pretty good = HD5750, HD 4850, GTS 250
OK at medium/low settings = HD5670, 9800GT
Oh yeah, I forgot about the newly released GTS 450. It slots in between the HD5750 and HD5770 and would be a worthy choice depending on the price over there.
BTW overclocking your processor is a good idea no matter what card you get. The E5200 should get up to 3.3-3.5ghz easily with just the stock cooler.
It's a good choice. At your resolution the only games that will give it some problems are Crysis and Metro 2033 and they will still be playable, you'll just have to lower some settings. Outside of those 2 it'll mostly be about what level of anti-aliasing(AA) you can apply and on most games even maxing that out shouldn't give you an issue.
I got my HD 5770 today. Turns out, the page that sells it said 2.0, but the package itself says 2.1. This gives me the ultimate decision not to buy anything until I see. Hopefully someone else will learn from my mistakes; I clearly have.