Sup, I would like to know what do you guys think is better a 5770 or a GTS 450? And also I would like to ask your opinions about which company made the better cards out of these. What I read is that the 5770 generally outperforms the 450, but it has the usual Catalyst driver issues. Also I could get a 450 slightly cheaper.
Now specifically these are the cards I'm interested in:
So do you think that a 5770 worth the plus money, even with possible driver issues? Or do you know about better versions of these then those listed above?
I'm not planning on overclocking the card, because I don't want to lose the warranty. Also it would be for gaming purposes mainly, atm at 1280x1024, but I might get a bigger monitor eventually. (Then I would be using both monitors so that's a question too actually: this 5770 only has one DVI output, but I guess I can still use the hdmi port right?)
I have a 450W PSU, an MSI 770-c45 motherboard, and about to get a Phenom II 955 X4.
ps.: other suggestions are appreciated too, I can't raise the budget tho, even the 5770 is a little bit too much
I'd go with the 5770. I have an MSI r5770 reference, and it's been an absolute tank. I don't know what people are talking about when they complain about "Catalyst Driver Problems"... sure, there's a hiccup here and there, but once you get everything set up and stable, it seems to be rock solid. And I supposed nVidia's drivers are perfect and never crash? Don't think so.
For that price range, the 5770 is probably your best bet.
The model/manufacturer really just comes down to personal preference. I honestly would like to have an HIS IceQ 5770, just because it vents out the back of the case. The 5770 Hawk's cooling probably would just perform better overall. Then there's sapphire, which is almost the same as the Hawk, if not a tiny bit warmer. It's your call.
Just be warned, though, that even the 5770 will have a few problems here and there at 1080p with newer games. Don't take that the wrong way - it will run them fine, you'll just have to reduce settings here and there or turn down the resolution some in order to get better performance (FPS) out of your card. I haven't had said problem yet, though; I, too, just upgraded from 1280x1024 to 1920x1080, and I can say that the 5770 can pretty much max out everything you throw at it (excluding ridiculous amounts of Anti-aliasing in Crysis) at that resolution.