Summer is here, I'm looking to play a few hours of games a week...
I'm wondering if just the new video card would be good enough, and if my ideas are strong enough.
Also, if anyone can link me to a GOOD quality, new summary on how to find a good graphics card, it's appreciated... I no longer know whats good, and how much better it would be to have GDDR5 vs GDDR 3, or 1gb memory vs 512mb, 256 bit vs 128 bit, pixel pipelines, etc etc etc
Pricing is low, as I'm not a huge gamer. Games will vary.. I don't need to be playing Crysis 2, but maybe Portal would be about as advance as I need
My ideas are posted below for cards
My system is in the signature below...
Not sure if something will bottleneck or even with the card something isn't good enough...
I agree, that 5830 is a good deal. But with XFX you get lifetime warranty, so if that's important to you, you can get the XFX 5670 or try finding a 5750/5770. The 5670 is a good card (it's sitting in our HTPC right now), and is capable even at 1920x1080.
I know the 5770 is definitely better, but assuming I don't play games that are too intense on the graphics I think I'd be okay..
Games are going to be like, Half-Life 2 engine games, The Sims, Call of Duty/Battlefield 2/Operation Flashpoint, Age of Empires and such games. Overall not too demanding.. So I'd like to shoot for less $ than more.
What resolution do you play at? The 5670 performs well enough at 1920x1080 (in my experience), while the 5750 hasn't disappointed me yet (except Crysis). The 5770 will be more powerful than the 5750, so you can expect great performance at 1920x1080.
Also, if your case is a bit cramped, then the single slot 5670 might be more manageable. The 5770 is a dual slot card, so it'll block the slot immediately below it.
Well, an HD5770 would be great for your current resolution. No real need for anything better. If you get a new monitor it would likely be 1080p. At that resolution the HD5770 struggles a bit while the HD5850 would still be quite good.