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August 27, 2011 2:41:55 PM

Hi everyone, I'm Lance and I'm new here, nice to meet you all.

So here's my current specs:

E5700 Dual core 3.0ghz processor
ATI Radeon HD 5450
4 gigs of ram
Windows 7 64-bit

It pretty much sucks, I know, and I can't argue about that espicially after playing The Witcher 2.. Heh, that was torture. Anyway, first of all I'd like to point out that hardware is damn expensive where I live, like if a graphics card costs 100$ in USA it would cost 600 of my currency (trust me, you don't need to know where I live, just know it's expensive :p ) So, after playing some recent games and most recently The Witcher 2, I've decided I can't stay with this rig much longer. First I obviously needed a new graphics card since everywhere I just keep hearing HD 5450 isn't made for gaming, so I think about going for a HD 5770, I hear it's decent and I think I can afford it. Then I searched around for a bit, and heard some people say that the E5700 would bottleneck the HD 5770 (please include it in your answer if it would) so I'm thinking about upgrading to a quad core, I heard about the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, I know it's kinda old but I heard it's decent, plus the older it is the cheaper so...
I need your advice guys, will upgrading from a HD 5450 to a HD 5770 and from an Intel E5700 dual core to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (if it's necessary) make a big difference? will the E5700 bottleneck the HD 5770? And Last but not least, how much would a HD 5770 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 cost in dollars nowadays? I need to make my calculations.

Important note: I will be gaming at 1440x900 and not any higher, so tell me how good would the HD 5770 and the quad core be at playing recent games (Say, The Witcher 2) at 1440x900 and a mix of high/meduim settings (all medium if necessary).. I really hope I get positive answers because I can't afford any better upgrade than this currently :p  Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your answers.. Any help much appreciated.
August 27, 2011 3:19:38 PM

Just upgrading to a better GPU would be a big boost for your experience HD5750/70 is what I would go for just make sure your PSU is good enough, a 3.0GHz dual core will be ok with those cards.

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August 27, 2011 4:14:08 PM
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I wouldn't bother with a cpu upgrade, that cpu is quite overclockable and investing more money into a s775 cpu wouldn't be wise imo.

A gpu upgrade will do you good. Id suggest a 6770 over a 5770. The 6770 is only slightly faster but more efficient and about the same price. Either will play pretty good at that resolution.

You left out the most important part, your power supply?? You'll need a quality 400w+ power supply with 1 6pin pci-e power connector.
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August 27, 2011 4:33:14 PM

geekapproved said:
I wouldn't bother with a cpu upgrade, that cpu is quite overclockable and investing more money into a s775 cpu wouldn't be wise imo.

A gpu upgrade will do you good. Id suggest a 6770 over a 5770. The 6770 is only slightly faster but more efficient and about the same price. Either will play pretty good at that resolution.

You left out the most important part, your power supply?? You'll need a quality 400w+ power supply with 1 6pin pci-e power connector.


So you think I'll be fine with only the HD 5770 and my cpu won't bottleneck it? cuz that would be good news. And for the powersupply, I'm really not sure but I think I'll need a new one, It's not much of a problem if I do though.
August 27, 2011 11:48:35 PM

Nah I don't think it would be a bottleneck even at stock speeds.
August 28, 2011 3:04:15 AM

geekapproved said:
Nah I don't think it would be a bottleneck even at stock speeds.


That's great, so final choice is upgrading my GPU only, I guess I got what I needed, mods can close this thread now, thank you very much for your help, I appreciate it.
August 28, 2011 3:05:52 AM

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