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Questions about getting a new card AMD radeon hd 5770

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October 27, 2011 11:23:40 AM

This will be my first time upgrading my graphics card. My pc is a quad core 3.0 ghz (I forgot exactly what they are) and has a 512 mb radeon hd 4650 gddr3. The card is pretty good for it's price (you can get one for like 45 bucks) and I can run many of games at maximum to near maximum settings. It's not that great however with very demanding games (gta 4 for example which I think is mostly due to the cards low memory bandwidth.) With skyrim coming out soon I want to be packing heat. Sadly though the economy sucks and I'm on a budget. Around $100-$130 and the 5770 seemed like the perfect fit for me

Now my question for right now is

A: do you think the 5770 would be a good choice for me and will it have enough difference over the card I have now? (a
Amd radeon hd 6450 512mb gddr3)

B: my desktop is not made to be a gaming pc, so fitting the card into where it needs to go looks like a tight fit. I have found that xfx seems to have a much smaller version of the 5770 (the model thing or whatever is HD577XZNLC) but it doesn't seem to have anywhere for the extra express 6-pin power cable to go in. Would this mean that the HD577XZNLC model of the 5770 is less powerful than bulkier models?

C: speaking of 6 pin express power cables, my pc doesn't seem to come with a spare one. I know I can get an adapter to make two 4 pins into one 6 pin but would that be the best choice? Would it be better (or possible) to put in a 6 pin express cable into the power supply into the card?

Thanks!
October 27, 2011 11:44:43 AM

Thanks guys that looks great! Now I just need to worry about to 6 pin express cable because those puppys are definatly going to need extra power. Still Ned help on that

Also Im still worried if m mother board will allow a card like that
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October 27, 2011 11:49:21 AM

Whats your native resolution?
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October 27, 2011 11:50:32 AM

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What is your psu?
And motherboard?

I have no idea I'm going to need to check. But it's the same that my desktop shipped in. Also the 6850 looks good but has a lower core clock, would that be a bug deal?

Sorry I'm so new to this
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October 27, 2011 11:54:09 AM

gnomio said:
Whats your native resolution?

I will have to check that too. As for the motherboard and stuff I can give you the model of pc I have and that should be enough to tell what motherboard it is, of corse there is probably an infinatlu exist way to do this but whatever

Also I'm not in front of my pc right now, I'm posting from my iPod I can get to my pc in a little bit
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October 27, 2011 12:10:37 PM

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Just post us the manufacturer and model and we can go from there pal ;) 

Sure thing! I'm no where near my pc right now but I will be in around 30 minutes, thanks guys.
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October 27, 2011 12:19:45 PM

If you have a decent PSU you may go with a Radeon HD 6850................
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October 27, 2011 12:45:56 PM

Ok, its an HPE-500z

As for PSU, I just have the one it came with. Would I need to buy a better PSU? And what should I get.

The 6850 looks really good.
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October 27, 2011 1:00:04 PM

I think my PSU is 300. Sounds to me like a new PSU is in order. any recommendations? how many watts do I need for the 6850 (or the 5770 for that matter, I say that's still on the table.) It's GUESSING around 450 watts
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October 27, 2011 1:04:33 PM

Plazmawolf said:
I think my PSU is 300. Sounds to me like a new PSU is in order. any recommendations? how many watts do I need for the 6850 (or the 5770 for that matter, I say that's still on the table.) It's GUESSING around 450 watts



A Corsair CX500 V2 is sufficient for cards upto Radeon HD 6870...... :) 
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October 27, 2011 1:05:05 PM




I'm still a little over budget. I'm finding 20 dollar PSU's on amazon. I don't know if they are quality enough to not explode but another issue is the PSU I have right now is pretty compact and there isn't too much more room to fit in anything significantly bigger (its around 4" x 5" from my guesstimation) Not sure if that is considered small or normal or whatever.

To make a long story short 60 bucks is alot of cash for just the PSU
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October 27, 2011 1:05:05 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
49.99 w/rebate. This psu will power any of the 3 cards in question. I understand it is a bit more to get both on a budget, but trust me, you want a good quality psu in your system. I also highly urge to get the 6850. for under 200 bux you can have quite a machine on your hands to max skyrim easily.
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October 27, 2011 1:06:44 PM

Plazmawolf said:
I'm still a little over budget. I'm finding 20 dollar PSU's on amazon. I don't know if they are quality enough to not explode but another issue is the PSU I have right now is pretty compact and there isn't too much more room to fit in anything significantly bigger (its around 4" x 5" from my guesstimation) Not sure if that is considered small or normal or whatever.

To make a long story short 60 bucks is alot of cash for just the PSU

60 bux is not alot of cashe for a quality psu. If you put a 20 dollar 500w psu in your system, it wont even push 500, and when it tries, it is likely to fail on you. discrete graphics takes a quality psu.
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October 27, 2011 1:07:51 PM

Dyjon54 said:
one of the best psu's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... It more than enough and we be great if You plan to upgrade higher in the future.

Thanks. I'll probably go with one of these. If I can find a 500 watt for around 30 bucks It's get that. but I do thinl 450 SHOULD be enough. Maybe cutting it close.
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October 27, 2011 1:10:39 PM

good choice, good luck with the build; the 450w should power a 5770/6770 good enough
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October 27, 2011 1:23:14 PM

good choice
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October 27, 2011 1:23:29 PM

This would mean a total of around $200 including tax

Way over my original $130 but looks pretty worth it. I'll probably have to wait a little longer if I want this (the 550 watt and the 6850) but I'm patient
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October 27, 2011 1:24:37 PM

glad you decided on the best bang for your buck. if you are to wait a few years after to get another upgrade, then this is the best thing you can do is wait a little longer and get somethign that will make you happy
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October 27, 2011 1:26:14 PM

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It is a great plan pal ;) 

Thanks so much guys. I'll defiantly be coming back here to post regularly even.
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October 27, 2011 1:45:24 PM

we will be here
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