Is it worth me getting new graphic card?


Just put together a new computer to use mainly for gaming and replaced everything except the graphics and case, i usually play all the latest games (black ops, gta Iv etc) and like to use high settings, resolution i use mostly is usually 1680x1050 on a 22" Widescreen LCD.

What i want to know is.
Is it worth me upgrading my HD 4770? If yes,
Whats a good card for me?
Is it worth getting another HD4770 for crossfire?
Will my PSU run two of them?

I only have around £150 for a new card, my current computer specs are as follows

Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) Processor
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
MSI P55A-G55 P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Audio Gigabit Lan ATX Motherboard
XFX HD 4770 512MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card
Corsair 500W CX PSU
Kingston 64GB SSDNow V SSD 2.5" SATA-II
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

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  1. If 1680 is your max resolution, and if you don't have to lower settings or lower resolutions much (if at all) to play your games without seeing a slide show, then do nothing.

    At your budget level, you could probably get a 6850 or a 460 1GB. Either card will work well with your system, and since they are 3 tiers above your 4770 on this chart:,2782-7.html

    . . . you should notice the difference. Plus, you get DX11 support, if you see that as a plus :)

    I wouldn't recommend 2x4770 because you are investing in old technology (though you're saving money). I'm also concerned that crossfire may not improve minimum frame rates in some instances, while the single, faster cards will. Finally, why go through the heat, power, complexity, driver dependency of xfire when you needn't.
  2. Good comments by twoboxer.

    To get an idea how your FPS will improve with a stronger card, play your games with lowered resolution and settings to see how well you can go with a very good card.

    The 4770 is still a good card that you can market on ebay to recoup some of the added cost.
  3. Some Food For thought:

    Edit: oops, stuck wrong benchmark in there... Fixed

    4770 is a great card. Those cards are still great work horses. But if looking for a "Next Step" upgrade, a 460 1gb would give you some great future proofing.

    Although, 5850's can be found at some great deals now....

    5850's at NewEgg

    Gtx 460 1gb's at NewEgg

    The 5850's are on the order of 20-30 dollars more for some GREAT performance...

    Just some food for thought...
  4. Thanks for the quick replys.

    My HD4770 runs fine at the moment, Black ops stutters for the 1st 5 seconds of a level then it runs fine, GTA IV runs fine for the most part (runs a little slow when there are alot of cars and pedestrians on screen at same time), same happens whith most other games, they are fine until the screen gets a little busy then they slow a little.

    The main reason i want to upgrade is that once i sell my old components that i upgraded and if i sell my 4770 i will have around £210, i want a new case (Antec 600 is £60), which leaves me with £150. Im not going to be upgrading for quite a while now so thought maybe i should get a new card while im able to.

    Im in UK, cheapest i can see HD5850 for is £200, which would mean me keeping my old case ( ).

    So i guess my new question is should i get a 460 1GB + case or a HD 5850?
  5. Well,

    Your motherboard is crossfire, something to keep in mind for future upgrades (seeing as how your processor will be lasting you some time). In the future you might want to give your 5850 a new friend ;-) (Gtx 460 wouldn't give you that option)

    Also, keep your power supply in mind here, power requirements:

    5850 • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in • dual mode)

    The 460 is about the same (will actually use about 30 watts more under load).

    You have a decent case, looks to have enough room. Some cable managment and some high quality fans can really bring any case up to a respectable margin.

    Again, just some food for thought...
  6. One other thing:

    Keep in mind the 6000 series cards as well...

    Slightly less performance, but less power consumption. They also Scale better when in Crossfire with each other though (compared to the 5000 series).

    They can also be had for a little less... 6850 at NewEgg

    ... Check out Tom's Review of the 6000 series here to give you a better feel for them.

    (its also comes down to what you can get for you money were you are located)
  7. Just to make sure we're clear . . . the suggestion was 6850 or 460. The 5850 is a slightly more powerful card than either of them.

    If the 6850 is not available at 460 prices or lower, get the 460 . . . and the case if you want lol . . . or go on a date. At 1680 the 460 is already overkill, and you have no need for crossfire in your future.
  8. I'd go for the 470. It has a little more ram than the other cards. I found while gaming at 1680x1050 that a little more video ram comes in handy in certain games vs having a slightly faster card.
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