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Should I get a Radeon HD 6770?

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December 29, 2011 3:38:08 AM

Current Rig:
AMD Athlon II X4 645
Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H
Integrated Radeon HD 4250
Antec Earthwatts 430W
1600x900 LCD Monitor
a few harddrives and peripherals

I'm currently running on integrated graphics but want to play more games. I've seen good reviews for the 5770/6770 and apparently it should be able to handle most games on medium to high settings which is good enough for me. I can get it at newegg for ~120 CAD which is my budget.

My questions are:
1. Is this the best card I can get for that price range?
2. Can my PSU handle it no problem?
3. My motherboard is hybrid crossfire and so is the HD 6770. Will that save me energy and/or improve performance by any significant amount? And do I have to do anything fancy to get the hybrid crossfire working? Some people seem to think crossfire hybrid is a waste of time, I'm open to using an nvidia card if it's better.
4. Any bad manufacturers I should look out for?

Thanks guys, you're always a huge help!

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a c 92 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 3:43:49 AM

you should just pay $30 more and get the 6850 which would still worth with your psu but the 6770 is no problem, its just kinda expensive at $120, you should be able to get one for less than $100.
December 29, 2011 4:12:54 AM

You can get a 6790 for $120 and it plays most games at 1600x900 with all the eye candy on.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 4:17:13 AM
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1. Is this the best card I can get for that price range?
ans. Yeah, As far as I know there is no nvida card at the same price.
2. Can my PSU handle it no problem?
ans. Yes any decent 430W PSU will hold 6770 fine, it's not a power hungry GPU.
3. My motherboard is hybrid crossfire and so is the HD 6770. Will that save me energy and/or improve performance by any significant amount? And do I have to do anything fancy to get the hybrid crossfire working? Some people seem to think crossfire hybrid is a waste of time, I'm open to using an nvidia card if it's better.
ans. No need of hybrid crossfire, 6770 is not an energy waster. Nvidia is known to be a high power consuming card.
4. Any bad manufacturers I should look out for?
ans. No, just check for reviews of each individual card brand.
December 29, 2011 5:28:06 AM

Okay well I looked up the 6850 that esrever recommended but I'm worried my PSU may not be able to handle that. The recommended wattage is 500 and a quick search shows some people saying 430 is enough and some people saying 430 isn't enough.

I don't know enough about PSUs to make a decision on this myself, but I found a great sale on the 6850 so I'd like to get it if possible. Any help with this new problem?

I'll have a look at some PSU articles and see if I can learn something in the mean time. Thanks for all your help so far guy.
a c 92 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 5:33:19 AM

your psu is good quality and will be enough, the 6850 draws very little power for the performance you get.
a c 175 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 5:49:54 AM

4850 isn't any faster than 6770...
December 29, 2011 7:58:42 AM

refillable said:
4850 isn't any faster than 6770...

Sorry, that's meant to be 6850
a c 175 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 9:51:54 AM

OK get 6850 no problem, I think your PSU should be enough.
a c 164 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 10:43:49 AM

If you can afford the 6850 then get it as its more powerful then the 6770/5770. You have a good 430W so you'll be fine with it.
December 29, 2011 11:57:01 PM

Thanks for all your help guys, I just bought the 6850 and I can't wait to get it!
December 30, 2011 1:34:09 AM

Best answer selected by Moniker_69.
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