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January 19, 2011 12:08:35 AM

I'm currently running an AMD dual core @3.2 and a Radeon 3870. It's mainly a gaming/htpc rig so I'm really just looking for max framerates in games. I have a 150$ budget, so what would be a good upgrade from the 3870?
P.S. I have no biad towards Nvidia or ATI so either will work : )

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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 12:27:19 AM

GTX 460 1GB version, I wouldnt go any higher than that.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 12:47:28 AM

What is your power supply?make/model?

I would agree,the gtx460 is the best for $150.The 5770 is the next best choice,they sell for around $130.

What resoultion are u gaming at?
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January 19, 2011 1:39:43 PM

It'll be actually kind of low res, 1440x900. My PSU is 600 Watts so it can handle whatever mid range card I throw at it. I'm only running one HDD and a disk drive, no other peripherals.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 2:26:28 PM

I would get a 1 gig gtx 460, like everyone else is saying, its the best deal around that price, if you want to go a little cheaper, and for your current resolution, I would grab the gtx 460 768mb version, but in general I would go straight for the 1 gig model.
Although you might want to wait to see if the gtx 460 price drops a bit when the gtx 560 is released in a week or so, im not sure if the 460 prices have already gone down but it might be worth waiting for, I would say its worth waiting to find out. However if you want to pull the trigger today, get something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

to truely stay in your $150 dollar budget you will probably have to go with the 768mb version but at your res it should be more than enough muscle:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if your not into oc'ing yourself here is the super oc version from galaxy:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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January 19, 2011 3:18:57 PM

Gtx 460 from every way,its awesome just like THE MIZ!
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 3:54:56 PM

I prefer the GTX 460 768MB Superclocked, you don't need 1GB especially at that resolution, so get a Superclocked version or MSI hawk version (has a special cooler) so that you can get higher clock rates on the same card for the same price and keep the warranty.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 3:57:18 PM

Look's like I'm not the only one recommending a 460, but I think you should definitely wait for the 560 which is released next week, because then the price will drop,
jjb8675309 is very correct.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 4:19:58 PM

At 1400x900 you don't really need something as powerful as a gtx460.A 5770 will do the job just fine.But i guess it is futureproof to get a 460.You never know when you might upgrade to a 1080p monitor.So make sure you go for the 1G models.I think of it as a safety net to get the 1G.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 5:18:11 PM

thats a lot of money for a 5770 IMO, it will be fine at your resolution but for the money I would have gone with a 768mb gtx 460 which will be more powerful and a bit more future proof, either way the hawk should oc a decent amount with the really nice cooler, your card will be adequate for your resolution and system, enjoy
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a c 604 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 5:55:50 PM

anthonymatchett said:
Thanks everybody for your fast and intelligent replies, I went with this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I chose it because it had excellent reviews, OC's very easily, and has dual fans. The free shipping was nice touch too :p 

So after everyone recommending a GTX460, you went with a 5770. The big difference between the two, in addition to PhysX, is that the 5770 will have much lower DirectX 11 tesselation performance. Many more games released in 2011 will feature DirectX 11 tesselation, which promises to add more realism to the graphics.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 6:42:28 PM

Nice choice,thats a really good version.
I hope your happy with your purchase.
If you start to believe all the hype then you can go ahead and return it.

One more thing to think about,with the relase of the gtx560 prices will drop for other items including the gtx460 1G.If this does happen, I would return the 5770 and get the gtx460 1G or maybe even a 6850.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 7:07:00 PM

Yes the Hawk is an excellent card, though I do think it's a tad expensive. Is your CPU overclocked to 3.2Ghz or is it the 6400+? If it's the latter I would get a good cooler and overclock the CPU to get more out of it ^_^.
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January 19, 2011 7:08:25 PM

17seconds said:
So after everyone recommending a GTX460, you went with a 5770. The big difference between the two, in addition to PhysX, is that the 5770 will have much lower DirectX 11 tesselation performance. Many more games released in 2011 will feature DirectX 11 tesselation, which promises to add more realism to the graphics.


Everyone was recommending a card that wasn't within my price range, the only GTX460 on Newegg, yes that's the only place I'm willing to buy computer parts online, that I could afford was the Galaxy 768 version before shipping. After shipping I probably couldn't afford it anyway, but I was pouring over benchmarks and reviews and the 5770 was getting better fps than the Galaxy 768 in ALL resolutions. If I could've bought the MSI or even Gigabyte model GTX460 for 155 I would have.
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January 19, 2011 7:11:38 PM

megamanx00 said:
Yes the Hawk is an excellent card, though I do think it's a tad expensive. Is your CPU overclocked to 3.2Ghz or is it the 6400+? If it's the latter I would get a good cooler and overclock the CPU to get more out of it ^_^.


It's the Regor 250 actually, stock @3.0 but OC'd currently stable @3.2. I'm going to push a lot more out of it as soon as I get an aftermarket cooler. Got a good one in mind?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 9:13:43 PM

H50 for liquid cooling,it competes with some of the high end air coolers.
For an air cooler i would go with a Thermaltake Frio,it's really loud but it offers outstanding cooling.
This is an Open Box Frio for $30 cheaper than retail price,i would get it if i was you
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 9:28:33 PM

^+1 to the hyper 212 I use it and it is amazing, I would get that over the h50, I mean if your going to go that route you might as well get a real water cooling system bc I dont recall the h50 performing very well for its price...
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 9:42:23 PM

I've seen a couple reviews saying that the H50 performs around the same area as high end air coolers.
I think it was around 10c-15c cooler than the Hyper212+
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 9:44:37 PM

I doubt that, the hyper 212+ performs like the 70-80 aircoolers but speaking about the h50, its all speculation i dont really know for sure, however I seriously doubt because 10-15c is a huge margin. Anyone have any benches? Plus I think its a dumb idea for the op to spend lots of money on a cpu cooler when his cpu is pretty low end to begin with
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 10:05:25 PM

oooo,i didn't even realize it was an athalon.
Yah he should defintly get a 212.Perfect for that CPU
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2011 10:16:54 PM

thanks purple stank, now I will put some purple stank in the air to celebrate
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 2:41:51 AM

5770 is a very fine card, and btw, unless you own ANOTHER card, which is dedicated only to Physx, the fps hit usually isn't worth it on one card, so don't worry about that.
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January 20, 2011 2:43:31 AM

I appreciate all of your quick responses, thanks guys.
I hear really good things about the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev.2, thoughts?
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 2:48:00 AM

anthonymatchett said:
I appreciate all of your quick responses, thanks guys.
I hear really good things about the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev.2, thoughts?



te noctua nh-d14 is the best cpu air cooler of all time it even competes with liquid cooling, It has been confirmed that it is the best!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 3:02:32 AM

anthonymatchett said:
Rofl come on dude I don't wanna put you down here, but the CPU I'm running costs 60$, you do the math.


haha I never knew, I always see idiots who buy crap CPUs with an expensive cooler which costs the price difference between the latest CPU and theirs.

Forget coolers just go for the graphics card, new games depend mostly on GPU so I doubt there would be much bottlenecking.
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January 20, 2011 3:05:52 AM

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haha I never knew, I always see idiots who buy crap CPUs with an expensive cooler which costs the price difference between the latest CPU and theirs.

Forget coolers just go for the graphics card, new games depend mostly on GPU so I doubt there would be much bottlenecking.


Yeah I'm not worried much about my CPU being a bottleneck, but I'd like to push it as much as possible.
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 3:57:15 AM

anthonymatchett said:
Yeah I'm not worried much about my CPU being a bottleneck, but I'd like to push it as much as possible.

Just buy a card, I prefer GTX 460 768MB superclocked because you don't need 1GB even for 1080p you don't need 1GB and a superclocked will get you close to the GTX 470, or you could go for a HAWK which has a special cooler for overclocking.

Then later you clould start a thread about CPU coolers for a low price- I've done A LOT of research on those so I could help.
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 7:06:05 AM

Get the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer, Yes, I know it costs more than your CPU. But it looks so cool, and sweet name to boot.
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 12:24:30 PM

get a cm hyper 212+ it is the best low price cpu cooler imo, for 1080p get at least a 1 gig gtx 460 if not more, mn96 is talking out of his ass again
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 6:40:44 PM

I would agree with the Hyper 212+.You don't really need anything more expensive than that unless you wanted to get it for your next build.
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January 20, 2011 10:25:09 PM

jjb8675309 said:
get a cm hyper 212+ it is the best low price cpu cooler imo, for 1080p get at least a 1 gig gtx 460 if not more, mn96 is talking out of his ass again


Yeah he's apparently not understanding..I'll look into it, thanks a lot!
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 4:20:42 AM

jjb8675309 said:
get a cm hyper 212+ it is the best low price cpu cooler imo, for 1080p get at least a 1 gig gtx 460 if not more, mn96 is talking out of his ass again



Your an asshole!, every thing you say comes out of your fat ass, asshole, wtf is wrong with you?
When did I ever offend you?
Wasn't my GPU recommendation the same as yours?
What don't I understand?





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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 4:28:10 AM

anthonymatchett said:
Rofl come on dude I don't wanna put you down here, but the CPU I'm running costs 60$, you do the math.


WHY DON'T YOU SAY THAT TO THE GUY WHO RECOMMENDED AND H50???
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 4:31:42 AM

anthonymatchett said:
Yeah he's apparently not understanding..I'll look into it, thanks a lot!


What don't I understand???

You know what screw this, I'm not helping you anymore!
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 4:32:42 AM

He was just asking what are some good Heatsinks and i told him.
I reccomend the H50 because it's a quality unit that offers really low temps.
It wasn't until after i reccomended the H50 that i realized what prossesor he was using.And although the H50 is good for overclocking he can't get much out of his prossesor either way.So thats when i reccomended the Hyper 212+.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 6:15:17 AM

purple stank said:
He was just asking what are some good Heatsinks and i told him.
I reccomend the H50 because it's a quality unit that offers really low temps.
It wasn't until after i reccomended the H50 that i realized what prossesor he was using.And although the H50 is good for overclocking he can't get much out of his prossesor either way.So thats when i reccomended the Hyper 212+.


What about the jt asshole who follows me every where calling me an asshole when he recommends or answers the exact same thing as me?
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 11:11:23 AM

take it easy 96, it's not worth getting upset over, let people decide whose advise is good and whose isn't.
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 12:48:28 PM

ha don't get bent out of shape youngin' this is what I was refering to when I said you were talking out of your a:


"te noctua nh-d14 is the best cpu air cooler of all time it even competes with liquid cooling, It has been confirmed that it is the best!"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] Tpk=nh-d14

while its probably a good cooler, you sounded like you were gloating about it and not to mention that the op did not need a high end expensive cpu cooler and that the hyper 212+ is fine so I don't know what your talking about that you recomended the same thing but this is the comment that I had a problem with, you list a cooler say its great and give no reason why and a link, thats a bunch of crap, unless you have a well thought out response then don't comment prick
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 2:48:34 PM

jjb8675309 said:
ha don't get bent out of shape youngin' this is what I was refering to when I said you were talking out of your a:


"te noctua nh-d14 is the best cpu air cooler of all time it even competes with liquid cooling, It has been confirmed that it is the best!"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] Tpk=nh-d14

while its probably a good cooler, you sounded like you were gloating about it and not to mention that the op did not need a high end expensive cpu cooler and that the hyper 212+ is fine so I don't know what your talking about that you recomended the same thing but this is the comment that I had a problem with, you list a cooler say its great and give no reason why and a link, thats a bunch of crap, unless you have a well thought out response then don't comment prick



I never knew what CPU he had,
The main reason I recommended the NH-D14 is because I saw a recommendation for the H50 which cost more yet performed worse than the NH-D14, apparently the guy that recommended the H50 made a mistake and never knew what the CPU was either.

The NH-D14 can get over 4GHz without needing air conditioning and a room temp of <23 degrees Celsius, that's why I recommended it, I can call my self an expert on CPU cooling considering the amount of searching I had done on the Internet. I thought that he had a Phenom II or something, I think I confused with it's model number and code name that he wrote.

Then I said just get the card and start another thread because I know better alternatives to the H212+ at even lower prices, I also know lots of tips and tricks when it comes to cooling, I've done lot's of experiments too and I decided that it was better to start a new thread

And about about the having the same recommendations that you had, we both recommended the GTX 460, I just said go for the 768 superclocked because of low res and you said the same but you said go for the GTX 460 1GB.

Peace dude. :D 
Sorry.

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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 6:36:17 PM

Another peaceful ending on the interwebz, = )
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 7:36:22 PM

Back to the video cards...

U said you ordered the MSI 5770(dubed out),did you get it yet?It's been 3 days
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 7:56:52 PM

@mn96 my bad didnt mean to cause a stir, its all good, peace right back at ya

to the op, whats up with your new gpu?
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January 23, 2011 12:17:23 AM

purple stank said:
Back to the video cards...

U said you ordered the MSI 5770(dubed out),did you get it yet?It's been 3 days


Indeed I did, thanks for getting back to the topic at hand by the way : )
It's performing pretty excellently. I'm getting Perfectly smooth framerates in MW:2. GTA IV does seem a little sluggish at times, but I think that's my processor. Recommended for that game is a Q6600 lol
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 4:33:18 PM

It is the game but i think Rockstar really messed up when bringing that game from the console the PC.They really wrote it wrong.So you will see lots of glitches and lag spikes because they didn't do it properly.I have a quad core at 3.8ghz and a 6870 and i still can't play it at all.Won't go above 30 fps.

Nice to hear everythings going good for you tho.
Goodluck and Happy Gaming!
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 5:01:30 PM

strange i have a quad clocked at 4.0 ghz and a 6870 and the game never goes under 40 fps on all high but the only things I dialed back was the draw distance a bit and it doesn't really affect the overall graphical quality much imo and is worth the fps gain otherwise on all high it will never go below about 28 fps though on my system
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