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Radeon HD 5770 still a viable upgrade in 2012?

Hello everyone,

I was looking to upgrade my graphics card sometime in the near future and I found this one from ncix.ca, which I think is quite a good deal. Basically, it's a reference 5770 with a free copy of Dirt 3 for $105 (w/ $30 MIR) = $75...?

XFX Radeon HD 5770 Fansink 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65489&promoid=1315

I'm not an intense gamer, but I would definitely like the option to game moderately (on 22"ish 1080p HD monitor perhaps). The 5770 seems to compare quite well with the 6770, so I thought I'd consider it for it's low price. The only worries I'm having is that it is an old generation card, and I'm not sure decent reference coolers are...


**If this is NOT a good idea, I've also been considering these two 6850's. They seem to be good deals with the non-reference coolers + factory overclock. Let me know which one you think is better...? IceQ X or Windforce ?

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=58225&vpn=GV-R685OC-1GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1315


HIS Radeon HD 6850 Iceq X Turbo 820MHZ 1GB 4.4GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=66291&vpn=H685QNT1GD&manufacture=HIS&promoid=1315

Any input is very much appreciated, thanks!
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  1. for gpu get an single hd 6870 which really performs good in 1080p and good for 2years you can play all games in future for 2 years with high settings without aa.

    get this one.

    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62756&vpn=HD687AZHFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1315
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  3. Thanks for the reply

    Everyone keeps recommending the 6870 to me... is the extra cost REALLY worth it over the 6850OC?

    Also, I failed to mention that I would be running my system off a Corsair CX430V2 PSU. I would like to spend as little as possible so I probably will not upgrade my power supply for the time being... I will probably buy a new computer when the opportunity arises.

    The MAX TDP for:
    5770 is 108W
    6850 is 127W
    6870 is 151W

    I was a little worried about the power issue, but many people told me a 6850 would be able to run fine, so I was thinking a 5770 would be a safer bet. The 6870 looks a little risky for a 430W 80PLUS PSU...
  4. Should probbly get a better psu butt a 6870 is the better choice the little bit of more cash for a lot more performance im going to get one im running on a hd 4850 thats running every 2011-2012 game on ultra smoothly but the fps is around 30 so i am upgrading to a 6870 as well. Was also thinking of a 6850 but the 6870 is much better.
  5. for cx 430 hd 6850 will be the perfect choice because hd 6870 needs 2 pcie connector and your psu has only one the only fact is that ur psu has enough power for hd6870 but the pcie connector is only one.
  6. Best answer selected by rex000.
  7. I use a XFX HD 5770...I play Skyrim on full settings and I also play BF BC2, crysis, Black ops, and modern warfare...they all are stunning on that card...but I guess it depends on your resolution too..I play at 1366x768
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