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February 23, 2011 4:00:24 AM

Have 2 PC's I'm getting ready to order GPU's for. Looking at four different options atm:
1. HD 5450 and doing hybrid crossfire with a ASRock 890GM PRO3 mobo. 30 bucks
2.HD 4670 50 bucks
3.HD 5570 55 bucks
4.HD 5770 100 bucks

Wondering what kind of performance increase the above options would give me over onboard 4290/4250 graphics. Anyone have any similar and/or better ideas for about the same price? Is the hybrid crossfire a waste of money? Have read older reviews(2008ish) that it gave decent performance boosts but more current opinions say its a waste(for 30 bucks I'm tempted to give it a shot just to see for myself)

Edit: Also would a 512 5670 put the first three options to shame? (70 bucks or so) Can't find any decent price drop/rebates on one atm :( 

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February 23, 2011 4:57:29 AM

If you're serious about gaming, go for the 5770. The performance of the hybrid XFire would still suck compared to the 5770.

Get the 4670 if you're just a bit short but still want to play games with some degree of detail.

The 5570 and 5450 would be better suited to HTPC uses.
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February 23, 2011 11:14:55 AM

+1^
The best option between the choices given is HD 5770.
Hybrid CF isn't worth it at all for gaming.
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February 24, 2011 1:55:08 AM

Ok 5770 it is. Now a bunch are at $100-110 price range after shipping and MIR. Which brand would be best of these: MSI HIS Powercolor Sapphire or XFX?

Edit: Are the (Juniper XT) labeled ones better?
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February 24, 2011 2:00:56 AM

Brands don't really matter in less your picky on how your video card looks. Generally one company will be more expensive than the other because of how they look or minor over clocks to the GPU. In your case i would look for the cheapest brand possible, however Sapphire lately been getting a lot of good reviews. Also some companies will have different coolers for better temperatures.
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February 24, 2011 2:14:51 AM

Those benchmarks are for a 1GB 460 is there a major drop in performance in the 768MB?
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February 24, 2011 3:09:57 AM

I guess I should also mention this is gonna be paired with a Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz (overclocked to 3.2GHz) this PSU Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W and possibly a dell s2009w monitor (1600 x 900) Would the cpu bottleneck the 5770, 6850 or 460 756MB. Also looking for the best deal because I intend to sell the system if possible.
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March 2, 2011 11:35:58 PM

Best answer selected by imaurer269.
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