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Is the 5770 right for me?

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January 24, 2011 3:47:22 AM

Hi, I'm having a hard time choosing a card. If I want a card that 1.) consumes only a moderate amount of power, 2.) doesn't take up too much space, 3.) will be replaced after about 1.5 to 2 years and 3.) has a pretty good bang:buck ratio lol, should I get a 5770?

I don't expect to play crysis on max, I just want to play this year's games on med-high settings when ever I do game. Actually, I'd like to play Crysis 2 on max if I could without breaking the bank hehe.

Any suggestions/comments are helpful! Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 4:01:50 AM

For 2011, you could get away with med to high settings on all games but Crysis 2 with a hd5770. Sorry. To play Games for 2 years, I would get a hd6850/70 if I were you.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 5:18:57 AM

It's hard to mix the two:

"will be replaced after about 1.5 to 2 years" and "has a pretty good bang:buck ratio"

Mid-end cards such as the 6850 or GTS 460 would tend to have a higher bang:buck ratio, but probably wouldn't really last 1.5~2 years.

Higher end cards would probably last at least a year or so, but the bang:buck ratio goes down quite rapidly.

5770 is quite quickly getting outdated even now. What's your max budget anyway?
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January 24, 2011 5:30:06 AM

$150 ideally, but up to $200.

also I know anything longer or equal to the size of a 460 will not fit comfortably in my case. my gts 250 was touching the sata wires of my hdds when it was installed (its a mid-tower to let u kno)
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a c 105 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 5:41:35 AM

so, what's the rest of your hardware ? If it can't push the card it isn't worth having. And at what res do you game ? and what opsys ?
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 5:43:25 AM

What's the resolution you usually run games at?

Maybe you could get away with a 6850?
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 3:16:06 PM

5770 is a good "bang/buck card in that price range. Your other components will also factor in on gaming performance. With all else adequate, my 5770 maxes out most games, particularly Rise of Flight, which is very graphic intensive.
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a c 595 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 6:08:00 PM

If you are spending up to $200, there are plenty of better cards available. I would go for a GTX460. The problem with the HD5000 series is that they do not do a very good job of DirectX 11 tesselation, which will be a big feature of upcoming games. Most all of the GTX460's on Newegg are $200 or less, and that includes some of the nice custom models like the Gigabyte Superoverclock, the Asus DirectCU, the MSI Hawk, and the ECS Black.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-...
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 6:42:51 PM

17seconds said:
If you are spending up to $200, there are plenty of better cards available. I would go for a GTX460. The problem with the HD5000 series is that they do not do a very good job of DirectX 11 tesselation, which will be a big feature of upcoming games. Most all of the GTX460's on Newegg are $200 or less, and that includes some of the nice custom models like the Gigabyte Superoverclock, the Asus DirectCU, the MSI Hawk, and the ECS Black.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-...

I have absolutely no problems at all with my 5770s' directX 11 and run run ROF, which is extremely graphics intensive including shader models.

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January 25, 2011 1:41:17 AM

well first off, the rest of my system based on a Asus M4A785-M board, Athlon IIx4 635, 4GB DDR 800, and 7200RPM SATA HDDs. The opsys is Win 7. RES is 1440x900.

The reason I was looking at the 5770 is because the single slot version is compact and supposedly more silent than most cards around its performance range...

I might consider an HD6850 or GTX460 IF it fits! : D I can check the leg room in my case, but I don't know the length of these two cards. Anyone know? because I can't find these specs on newegg.
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a b U Graphics card
January 25, 2011 2:14:44 AM

A little trick I learned; Asus shows card dimensions on Newegg.
6850=10.24"
460=9.8"
5770=9.0"
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January 25, 2011 3:49:47 AM

that's from the backplate right? 9.8 is pushing it, it would literally push on my sata cables connected to my 2 hdds

how's the max fan noise on the 460? would it be louder than a Zalman CPNS9700 at full speed?
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January 25, 2011 3:55:39 AM

LOL, my post is currently right under yours. Just couldnt overlook the irony.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/308050-33-hd5770-pixe...

When the card worked, it worked great, played all my games on max settings at 1050 resolution (cant get it to go 1080 for some reason, even though I have HDMI cables and a 27in widescreen 1080 moniter) but after 4-5 months, its starting to take a *** on me. Dont know if its something that I did, or its just a POS. I have mixed feelings about it......
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January 26, 2011 1:28:17 AM

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a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 2:18:32 AM

Too many choices out there. Have fun with your new toy.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 11:56:52 AM

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