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8800GT vs. GTX560 vs. 560Ti vs. 5770

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December 12, 2011 7:06:36 PM

Hi, all.

I'm currently upgrading my computer to an i5-2500K on an Asus z68 board with 8 gigs of RAM. I'm upgrading from a Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of ram and an 8800GT.

I'm a little pressed for cash, so I'm thinking of upgrading my video card later, BUT I'm wondering just how bad of a bottleneck the 8800GT will be. What do you think a game like Skyrim would be like? I will also be editing 1080p video on an occasional basis.

Question 2, then - if my native resolution is 1680x1050, does that make something like a 5770 a viable upgrade, or is that worthless?

Question 3 - when I do upgrade, knowing my resolution, should I spend the extra bucks for the Ti? What about the 550?

Thanks in advance.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:17:31 PM

The 8800gt is a great card but it is getting old. (I had 3 of them at one point) A HD6770/5770 or a gtx550 would be a decent upgrade but not huge when trying to play a game as intensive as skyrim.
I would do the cpu board and ram, and maybe in a few months go big like a 570 or a 6970. Or maybe wait until the next video line comes out nvidia 600s and AMD 7000.
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:23:03 PM

gtx560ti suite your system.
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December 12, 2011 7:28:43 PM

Perhaps I should have said I'm hoping to go sub-$200.

I'm considering the 6770 so that I could keep my Core 2 Duo-8800GT combo up and running as a separate PC. Seems to be a pretty fantastic price point, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it.

Does anyone have any experience actually running an 8800GT with something current like an i5? Anybody edit any video with something like that?
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a c 259 U Graphics card
December 12, 2011 7:29:53 PM

No need to rush. See how your upgrades do with your current card. It is easy to upgrade the card later.

When you do upgrade, make it a big jump, or you may be disappointed. 5770 would be decent, but see if you can't manage something like a 6950 or GTX560ti.
At every price point, you get fair value for your money. When you upgrade, but the best card you feel comfortable buying. The price stings for a shorter time than the remorse of not getting what you want.

Also, at the end of the year, amd is supposed to launch 7xxx series midrange 28nm cards. Don't know what level those cards will be. High end cards are not due to 2Q, along with kepler 28nm high end cards.

If your resolution is 1680 x 1050, then your graphics requirements will be a bit less. OTOH, one of your good upgrades would be to a larger 1080P monitor and keep your smaller one for e-mail/monitors etc. Plan for that.
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December 12, 2011 7:33:25 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful responses so far, all. :) 
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December 12, 2011 7:33:31 PM

Another vote for 560ti. However the 560ti 448 core cards have just come out and they are a good increase in performance. They are almost on par with a GTX570, of couse it's price is almost as much as GTX570.

The 560ti are great overclockers. You should definitely look into putting (at least) a small OC on your 560ti.
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December 12, 2011 7:34:10 PM

i can see you getting the standard 560 for under 200. i can not see the justification of spending the extra for the 560ti, when a 6950 is available at the same price point.
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December 12, 2011 7:35:54 PM

i own all of the above btw. and the 6950 is just plain better than the 560ti. no if's and's or buttsex'es about it.
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December 12, 2011 7:37:11 PM

toupee said:
Perhaps I should have said I'm hoping to go sub-$200.

I'm considering the 6770 so that I could keep my Core 2 Duo-8800GT combo up and running as a separate PC. Seems to be a pretty fantastic price point, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it.

Does anyone have any experience actually running an 8800GT with something current like an i5? Anybody edit any video with something like that?



For under 200, the best bet is the Nvidia route. GTX 560 superclock (standard). If you do decide to spend over 200, just get the 6950, it's better than the 560ti.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 1:21:16 AM

Under 150 with rebate ===> HD 6870

At your resolution you will max every game. Crossfire later.

Skyrim is CPU intensive.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 1:30:48 AM

I agree with everyone else, the 560ti is the way to go. And amd card with a sale/rebate may be a better option though, so keep your eyes open.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 1:33:43 AM

I think I agree with Embra here.
A 6870 is good for your resolution and keeps you well under 200
Although an overclocked 560 will pull away by quite a bit there is
a cost factor to consider.
As for the 5770 it would show a good upgrade to the 8800gt
it will not be night and day as it would with a 6870.

I have a 5770 and a 8800gt 1GB for reference to this statement.
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December 13, 2011 1:52:05 PM

a 560 ti will handle any games u throw at it. even with aa enabled on graphics intensive games. on the oyher hand a 6870 is on par performance with 560 ti but without aa. if aa is turned on then 560 ti will surely defeat 6870. but if u do not care about aa then go with radeon hd 6870 becoz it is much cheaper than 560 ti.
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December 13, 2011 2:03:30 PM

He didn't come here asking about ATi cards but I know you fanboi's just can't resist. A GTX 560Ti would be the best card for the money.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 3:25:09 PM

OP wants a card under 200 and a 560 ti is not 200 dollars.
560 and 6870 and you will note the rest of the advice.

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a c 88 U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 7:01:51 PM

Definately get the 560ti , would give you the best performance and is worth the extra money in the long run. I'm running 2 on my core 2 duo and the performance is great. Don't just settle for something you may regret in the future, you can always add another 560ti to your new system later for a future upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2011 8:16:58 PM

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Op wants this card.
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December 16, 2011 2:29:51 AM

I think I'm going to go with the 6870. From all the Newegg comments, it will totally satisfy my needs - that is, removing the potential bottleneck of my 8800 and kick some ass in any game on the market today. It might not have the best 1080p performance, but since I don't have a 1080p monitor yet anyway, I'm not too worried.

And the price? Seriously amazing. Thank you all for your contributions, I don't know how to pick a best answer. :) 
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December 16, 2011 2:30:00 AM

Best answer selected by toupee.
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