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ATI radeon HD 5770 or NVIDIA Geforce gts 450?

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December 28, 2010 6:15:46 AM

Hi guys,

I'm looking into getting this computer here:

http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Gamer_Paladin_D855

And I'm stuck between getting the ATI Radeon HD 5770 1gb or the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1gb.

There is only a $13 difference between the two so I'm not concerned with the prices, please help me decide.


Thanks :) 
December 28, 2010 8:17:49 AM

What will you use this computer for? If gaming/gpu heavy applications then both 450 and 5770 will be HUGE bottlenecks for this machine. I strongly suggest you get a completely different build with more concetration on the gfx card.

If you still want your 5770 or gts450, 5770 will give you a abit more performance over the 450 w/o overclocking.
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December 28, 2010 10:46:29 AM

What resolution will you be using? Have you considered building the computer yourself? It is pretty easy and you'll end up with a better computer for less money.
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December 28, 2010 10:56:02 AM

Yes. Building your own PC would help you get the same stuff at a much lesser cost. Plus its fun!

Out of the two the HD5770 is a better card.
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December 28, 2010 11:42:06 AM

Yes this would be for gaming. At the moment I use 1280x1024 with medium settings, which isn't bad but I'd like to go at least 1680x1050 on somewhat higher settings. My monitor's native is 1920x1080.

Regardless of how I get the computer I'd like to spend about $1100 at the most.

For building my own computer.. Could any of you suggest a good website to do so at?


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December 28, 2010 12:04:27 PM

neweegg.com, you pick your parts and build it yourself, building a pc is very easy, and the motherboard and other components usually come with good documentation explaining step by step how to install it all, also you can check youtube if you want video of how to install compoonents from the motherboard and cpu to the rma and video card, its all eay and 1100 will build you a much better pc than you will be able to buy
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December 28, 2010 12:40:34 PM

Sweet :)  I'm going to go and try to piece one together and post it here in hopes of some more advice.

And thanks for all tips so far! Tons of help.
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December 28, 2010 12:43:13 PM

I think you should wait for the Sandy Bridge's to come out in January and then buy. Its only a matter of two weeks.

Also to get the best advice on builds, post what you need and your budget in the Systems section of this forum.
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December 28, 2010 1:46:57 PM

What's a Sandy Bridge.
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December 28, 2010 1:55:36 PM

a very slippery bridge...


also its the new intel chips that should be coming out in Q1 (1st quarter) 2011

they are not going to be thier high performance chips though (supposedly... no benchmarks yet to confirm) so as it looks like you're already planning on an i7 you should be fine to go ahead with an i7 build
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December 28, 2010 2:19:13 PM

Ishinokao said:
Yes this would be for gaming. At the moment I use 1280x1024 with medium settings, which isn't bad but I'd like to go at least 1680x1050 on somewhat higher settings. My monitor's native is 1920x1080.

Regardless of how I get the computer I'd like to spend about $1100 at the most.

For building my own computer.. Could any of you suggest a good website to do so at?


I'd say use your native resolution. Then step up to the gts460 1gb / 6850 level of graphics cards.

But if you'll stick with your 5770/gts450, get this one: http://www.galaxytech.com/en/productview.aspx?id=355 That's the fastest gts450 in the market right now afaik. 5770 is still faster than gts450 reference vs reference but that card is factory oc'ed to 1ghz, so i guess it would beat most, if not all 5770s out there.
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December 28, 2010 2:23:59 PM

Sweet I'm going to post what I came up with in the Systems section, please tell me what you think should be changed. :) 
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December 28, 2010 5:39:26 PM

I agree on waiting for the new Intel chips. They should be out in about 2 weeks. I also recommend signing up for Newegg's email list. They have very frequent sales you should keep an eye on. When you spot a good deal on a component that is right for your build go for it and keep an eye out for combos as well. With $1000 to spend you should be able to build something very nice.
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