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August 3, 2011 5:29:51 AM

I'm going to be replacing my HD4770 in one of my current builds and I'm in need of a new card. I also need a new monitor since mine died and I'm using a 5 year old 14" monitor right now.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the next week or two

BUDGET RANGE: Looking to stick around 300-325 for a new video card and monitor. So about 150-160 a piece.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: hooking up to my hdtv and watching hd movies and playing games through the hdtv. HDMI port. I won't be playing a ton of games but probably something like dead rising 2, left for dead 2, nba 2k11, maybe a few fps's, and emulators.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: gpu: xfx radeon hd 4770, psu: tx650w

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: os: windows xp 32bit, cpu: core i7-860, ram: g skill ddr3-1333 2x(2gb), mobo: gigabyte p55m-ud2, case: antec 300 illusion

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or microcenter is what I use mostly but don't have any real preference
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really. Used mostly ATI in the past.

OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: The current monitor I'm using is only 1024x768. I want the new one to be 1920x1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've wanted to upgrade this card for awhile and now that I have a system I'm going to put the current HD4770 in I would like to upgrade it. With this new card I'm going to need a hdmi port on it. Like I said my main goal is to use it to hook up to my 46”Samsung 1080p hdtv (LN46C530F) and watch HD movies and play some video games on the TV. I mostly do console gaming on my PS3 but there are a few games I would like to play on the pc on the big screen when I don't feel like sitting in front of the computer. I also want the card to not have a problem with hd sound over the hdmi.

As far as the monitor goes I would like to maybe get a 23" monitor thats 1920x1080. Smaller would be ok but I'm pretty much looking for the most bang for my buck on both.

Here are a few video cards I've been looking at
XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790 $119.99 after MIR
or the
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 $149.99 after MIR

The 6790 would leave me for more of a budget on a monitor which is always nice. And as far as a monitor goes I haven't done much research but I'm just looking for something decent. Doesn't have to be LED, just a decent LCD that's 21"+.

Thanks and any help would be great!

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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 7:54:16 AM

i would say, get 2 6870,or a single 560ti will do the job, 6790 is not a nice card for its price.
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August 3, 2011 3:26:57 PM

manu 11 said:
i would say, get 2 6870,or a single 560ti will do the job, 6790 is not a nice card for its price.

I would love to 6870s but ita not in my budget. I've edited my first post to make it a little more clear but right now my budget is 300-325 for a new monitor and video card. So somewhere around 160ish each. I guess i should have probably seperated this into two thrrads.
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August 3, 2011 3:51:17 PM

Have you considered a HD5770? Can probably be had for fairly cheap now (used), and still does DX11. I had one and it ran BFBC2, left for dead 2, team fortress well. Now my brother has it and he loves it...probably because it was free/birthday present... The sapphire vapour-x variant that I had included HDMI, 2x DVI connections along with display port plus audio output on the HDMI (a bonus if you like using your TV remote for volume). If I remember correctly that puppy will run 3 monitors; I'm not sure how well though.
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August 3, 2011 7:01:56 PM

ru_1980 said:
Have you considered a HD5770? Can probably be had for fairly cheap now (used), and still does DX11. I had one and it ran BFBC2, left for dead 2, team fortress well. Now my brother has it and he loves it...probably because it was free/birthday present... The sapphire vapour-x variant that I had included HDMI, 2x DVI connections along with display port plus audio output on the HDMI (a bonus if you like using your TV remote for volume). If I remember correctly that puppy will run 3 monitors; I'm not sure how well though.

I havent looked at the 5770 really. I did a quick search and seen the 5770 was 120ish new at some places online. Im sure i could probably could get one off of ebay or craigslist cheaper. Looking at the benchmark comparison between the 5770 and the 6870 and the 6870 seems to be quite a bit better. Seems like it would be worth the extra 30 since i would rather by a brand new card. The 6790 on the other hand seems to be closer to that 5770.
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August 3, 2011 7:08:19 PM

Yeah go with the 6870 or 6850 if you can. You can get a decent monitor for 120-140
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August 3, 2011 7:23:46 PM

ru_1980 said:
Have you considered a HD5770? Can probably be had for fairly cheap now (used), and still does DX11. I had one and it ran BFBC2, left for dead 2, team fortress well. Now my brother has it and he loves it...probably because it was free/birthday present... The sapphire vapour-x variant that I had included HDMI, 2x DVI connections along with display port plus audio output on the HDMI (a bonus if you like using your TV remote for volume). If I remember correctly that puppy will run 3 monitors; I'm not sure how well though.


Go and wash your mouth out with soap, 5770 really :non:  Ok slight over reaction maybe but not by much, that thing is and always has been very bad value.

Something like these two would be good i recon
http://www.newegg.com/
http://www.newegg.com/

Mactronix :) 
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August 3, 2011 8:11:46 PM

Nice links ^
There's nothing wrong with a 5770 or a 6770.
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August 3, 2011 8:21:15 PM

gammerx said:
Nice links ^
There's nothing wrong with a 5770 or a 6770.


In and of themselves the cards are fine. However they have just always been very bad value, price/perf wise compared to what else was/is available.

Mactronix :) 
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August 3, 2011 8:23:11 PM

FWIW, I'm currently testing a mere HD6670 (that will go to my father), and I'm finding that for older games like Guild Wars and UT2K4 it is pegging my 1920x1080 monitor at 60Hz even in crowded areas, with everything maxed including 4xAA. I was surprised; now I would not expect it to do nearly so well at a current FPS, but it just goes to show you don't need to break the budget, especially if you're willing to lower a setting or two. I do think you'd be able to find a HD6850 and a reasonable monitor within your $300 budget, but if a really nice looking monitor forces you down to a HD6770 (or HD5770) I doubt you'd truly suffer for it.
The HD6790 is the poor value. It performs too close to the HD6770 but sucks down way too much juice; closer to the HD6870 (both have 2x PCIE power connectors).
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August 3, 2011 8:30:31 PM

mactronix said:
In and of themselves the cards are fine. However they have just always been very bad value, price/perf wise compared to what else was/is available.

Mactronix :) 

In its price range it beats out the gts 450 and 550 ti. At $100 (AR) it seems to be like THE budget card. $60 (AR) nets you a 6850/gtx 460 but some people need a hard budget and can use that $60 to get a HDD.
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August 3, 2011 9:07:54 PM

gammerx said:
In its price range it beats out the gts 450 and 550 ti. At $100 (AR) it seems to be like THE budget card. $60 (AR) nets you a 6850/gtx 460 but some people need a hard budget and can use that $60 to get a HDD.


On what planet does a 5770 beat out a 550 Ti ?
Don't forget cards like the 460 which is now available for very similar same money as a 5770 and is seriously faster.

Mactronix :) 
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August 3, 2011 10:48:23 PM

I just realized what I did. ( I used GPUreview.com)
I clicked the 6790 not the 6770.... basically 550ti>6770>gts 450
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 5:40:59 AM

i would say, just get a single 6870 for now, its a really nice card for 1920x1080, you can crank up high settings with fairly decent fps, then if you have the money in future, xfire it down the road.
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 8:53:55 AM

heres a good radeon 6850 for only $149
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August 4, 2011 2:14:49 PM

Thanks for all the help everybody. Im really leaning towards the hd6870 which newegg has for 150 after rebate on the xfx model. Thats seems like it will probably be the best bang for my buck at that range. Anybody have any thoughts on that one. Most newegg reviews seem to be positve.
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August 4, 2011 6:06:50 PM

Don't know how true it is but i have heard (never shopped there) that getting the mail in rebate is like getting blood from a stone.
Can anyone comment on that ?

Mactronix :) 
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August 4, 2011 6:45:02 PM

mactronix said:
Don't know how true it is but i have heard (never shopped there) that getting the mail in rebate is like getting blood from a stone.
Can anyone comment on that ?

Mactronix :) 

My hd4770 had a 15 or 20 mail in rebate from xfx and i got it back in about 3-4 weeks. All in all its wasnt bad in my dealing with them.
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August 4, 2011 6:52:31 PM

Not to worry then

Mactronix :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 9:05:04 PM

i vote for the xfx 6870, a good deal AR!
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