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Radeon HD 7770 or ??? for Gaming.

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March 17, 2012 6:09:59 AM

Hi, :hello: 

I built this AM3 gaming rig here at TH forum 3 years ago this coming June. I'm surprised the VC gives me 75fps in World of Warcraft, except in towns during prime time then it's 25 - 35fps. May 15th Diablo 3 will be released, Not sure my N9800GT will give me good FPS.

This VC looks good, but I would appreciate help/recommendations first. A Mid range VC should do it for another 2 -3 years. [I hope]

SAPPHIRE 11201-00-20G Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you for the Help,
Jim
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP or By May 1st
BUDGET RANGE: $150 give or take $25.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [Diablo 3 & World of Warcraft]
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: N9800 GT & 700W
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
OVERCLOCKING: NO, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 Native

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CASE: Antec 900

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Support AM3 Socket Phenom II DDR3 CPU Only

Mem: OCZ OCZ3P13334GK 4gb kit (2gb x 2) 1333mhz 7-7-7-20 240-pin DDR3 dimm w/heat spreader

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

VC: MSI N9800GT-T2D512-OC V2 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
Supported Video Card - Retail OC Edition overclocked to 660Mhz
This was Not my first choice for a VC but the Price was right...I can get a new one in 2 years.

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - OEM

DVDROM: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM
16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

MONITOR: Samsung T220HD 22" 1680 x 1050 max res. 60mhz refresh rate.

OS: Windows 7 64bit

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March 17, 2012 6:15:00 AM

The above is totally wrong. They plan to release their 8xxx series in 2013...
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March 17, 2012 8:21:43 AM

The 7770 is a solid option. It's also cheaper in the long run from the 7k series' low power draw.

I would have suggested picking up a second 9800gt, but i notice your motherboard only supports crossfire. At least you'll be able to pick up a 2nd 7770 later if you decide you need the extra muscle.
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March 17, 2012 8:22:49 AM

(Edit: Gah someone beat me so this doesnt work. Lol. skip the post above me and it works)
The above is totally wrong. Their is no mention of the 8xxx series in the above the above.

Jim, do you have a specific interest in the 7770? Check Toms review of it for examples, but i believe the concensus is the 7770 is overpriced and a 6850 outperforms it for less money.

Standard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Factory overclocked
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681412535...
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March 17, 2012 12:11:56 PM

Hi, :hello: 

Yes I read that, even made a copy:

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Performance can be difficult to categorize. In some cases, the 7770 is as fast as a $150 Radeon HD 6850. In others, it's as slow as the $110 Radeon HD 6770. AMD's GCN architecture seems to serve up better performance in DirectX 11-based titles, impressing less in older games. In any case, the Radeon HD 7770 costs too much compared to its still-available predecessors, and we aren't yet ready to recommend this card.

If you're looking for a fast card that only requires one six-pin power plug, this is a viable option.
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March 17, 2012 12:23:18 PM

Get a HD6870 instead.
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March 17, 2012 12:45:56 PM

Zero_ said:
Get a HD6870 instead.


Hi, :hello: 

I added your HD6870 to my compare list at Newegg very nice, it will require 2 power plugs. My PSU is 700W it's 3 years old, so it's about a 600W now. But the price is right.

*Should I be concerned with PCI Express 3.0 x16 vs PCI Express 2.1 x16 which is what I have?

The HD7770 also comes with:

AMD Eyefinity
Vapor-X Technology
AMD HD3D Technology
AMD Catalyst Control Center
AMD PowerPlay
Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio Support
Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)
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March 17, 2012 1:01:14 PM


Nope.

Don't worry about the difference in bandwidth between PCIe Gen3 and Gen2

The Radeon HD6xxx series are going EOL -- that's why they are more of a 'price bargain'

The HD7xxx series are much stronger in compute shader performance and most likely have a bigger upside over time.

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March 17, 2012 1:58:28 PM

Wisecracker said:
Nope. Don't worry about the difference in bandwidth between PCIe Gen3 and Gen2
The Radeon HD6xxx series are going EOL -- that's why they are more of a 'price bargain'
The HD7xxx series are much stronger in compute shader performance and most likely have a bigger upside over time.


Hi, :hello: 

Sapphire has always been my 1st choice when buying a VC, however that was 3 years ago when I switched to nVidia for a major cost saving. Is Sapphire still the best?

Before I hit the newegg Buy button for a Sapphire HD7770, is the OC one worth $17 extra [$10+$7 S/H] ?

Compare: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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March 17, 2012 2:03:06 PM

Get the 6870, it is much better than the 7770.
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March 17, 2012 2:15:56 PM


Jim937 said:
Hi, :hello: 

Sapphire has always been my 1st choice when buying a VC, however that was 3 years ago when I switched to nVidia for a major cost saving. Is Sapphire still the best?

Before I hit the newegg Buy button for a Sapphire HD7770, is the OC one worth $17 extra [$10+$7 S/H] ?

Compare: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...



Good day to you, sir :hello: 

It will make a difference, but the stock card will most likely hit the OC'ed card's 1150MHz/1250MHz clocks with a little tweaking -- there are simple guides out there on the internets.


Edit: I fergits . . .

The PhIIs are also going EOL ... if you are interested in further extending the life of your rig, now would be a good time to upgrade to a quad/hex core, or certainly attempt to unlock your PhII x2 and see what she's got.



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March 17, 2012 3:16:38 PM

Wisecracker said:
Good day to you, sir :hello: 
The PhIIs are also going EOL ... if you are interested in further extending the life of your rig, now would be a good time to upgrade to a quad/hex core, or certainly attempt to unlock your PhII x2 and see what she's got.

Hi, :hello: 

Thank you for the advice. I did unlock the 2 extra cores & OC from 3.1Ghz to 3.4Ghz I ran stable, when I OC to 3.5ghz it runs hot, at that time I did not want to buy a new HS.

Bottom line is IF I get another 2-3 years from this build with the new VC I will be very very happy. Then I will consider building a New gaming rig. By then Games will require a New rig.

Thank you to ALL for the sound advice,
Jim
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March 17, 2012 3:20:18 PM

Best answer selected by Jim937.
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