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5570 vs. 3870

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November 23, 2010 5:33:13 PM

I need some advice: Newegg has a 5570 on sale for $35 after mail-in rebate (i always send them in). I currently have a 3870 which I could be swayed to upgrade for the right price; but keep in mind that it's good enough but I can see the writing on the wall with newer games.

I typically play games at Medium to High Quality with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 but I'm not afraid to turn it down if the frame-rate is dropping. Most of my gaming on my PC consist of Team Fortress 2 and Civilization so I feel like dropping $150 on a new graphics card might not be worth it.

Should I upgrade? I can't tell if the 5570 is worth upgrading to. The price is right but it doesn't seem like there's going to be a big jump in performance from what I can tell from the Tom's Charts.

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November 23, 2010 5:44:37 PM

I'm pretty sure that's going to be a downgrade, Toms sum of all FPS 1650x1050 shows the 256k version of the 3850 beating the 5570 so a 3870 would probably trash it (although for some reason there are no 3870s on that cart). I think anything less than a 5770 would be a waste of an upgrade and anything less than a 5670 is probably a downgrade.
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November 23, 2010 6:07:11 PM

i'd keep the 3870

really anythign in the sub 75 buck mark isn't gonna do you any good unless you find an amazing deal... i'd say if you wanna stick with ati then at least a 5670.

if willing to go nvidia then at least a 250 or 9800gt
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November 23, 2010 6:35:35 PM

I got a 3870 my self and it still has some life still but if you don't want to shell out a small fortune then look into getting a dirt cheap second hand 3850/3870 for crossfire but if not then only look to a 5670 or higher to break even or better. As for me I ended up cannibalizing my sli rig till I was able to get a GTX460.
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November 25, 2010 6:34:15 AM

sweet thanks for the input. I can spend my money on drinks now :-D
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December 6, 2010 3:14:19 AM

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December 6, 2010 7:55:55 AM

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