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Upgrading HD 4770, $120 budget

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April 7, 2012 5:41:39 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or soon as I get this thread answered.

BUDGET RANGE: $100-$130 Before / After Rebates (the lower the better, if possible)

Game DC Universe Online, Graphic Designing, Auto Cad, Call of Duty. Watch movies HD

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4770 and 650w CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor, Mobo: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard, 8GB of RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I have no preferences, because I don't know much.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Whichever you guys recommend.



Gotta be a quiet one!!

I was lookin into this card, but many had problems with it and price went up when i was getting ready to buy

XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

this is the video card i currently have and is going bad

MSI R4770 CYCLONE Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
April 7, 2012 6:03:40 PM

HD-6770 or HD-7750 would be best for under $100
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a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 6:05:26 PM

Can't read.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 6:06:54 PM

I'd advise looking at the HD 7000 series. The newer and more expensive card you can afford, the better performance you'll get. I really like HIS - they make great coolers on most of their cards. Either one of these would make a great upgrade from your current card (50-100% better framerates).

$117 option:
This one is very low power, cool, and very quiet. It should play all games at medium settings at 1080p.

$150 option:
This one is basically the newer version of the HD 6850 you were looking at. It should play all games at high (not ultra) settings at 1080p.

Also I personally despise mail-in-rebates. But that's just me.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 6:13:25 PM

For below 100$ i would recommend the ATI Radeon HD 6670 or Nvidia GT 440(I personally prefer the ATI one over Nvidia)

GT 440:

Radeon HD 6670:

Both of these won't be any good for your needs at the resolution of 1920x1080..

So This is my recomendation.. for a 110$, the ATI RADEON HD 5770(also available re-badged as the Radeon HD 6770, with the added bonus of Blu-ray 3D decode support)

Radeon HD 5770:

Radeon HD 6770:
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 6:20:14 PM

The 6770/5770 is faster than the newer 7750 or 6750 or 5750!
April 7, 2012 6:34:13 PM

which of those that you guys have posted is a quiet fan??
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 6:59:59 PM

Look at the pictures - generally the smaller the fan, the louder. Also check the reviews.

But none of these cards will get that hot, so all of them should be pretty quiet. That said, I know for a fact the HIS HD 7750 iCooler is completely silent up to 80% fan speed.

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a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 8:21:17 PM

I don't believe going HD4770--->>HD6770 is such a great move, especially since you didn't list the memory on the card. You've pretty much hit the limit, too, with an HD6850 with MW3.

You should save-up twice the dough or snag another HD4770.

It wouldn't matter much with DC Universe Online
a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 5:04:16 PM

jessterman21 said:
Yeah, come to think of it, an HD 7750 or 6770 wouldn't be much of an upgrade.

Here you go -

Though I can't go without recommending this amazing card on sale for a wee bit more -

If he looks around, he can find a new HD4770 for $60-$70. In CrossFire they should hit HD6950-like territory, even more with a nice OC.

And the OP could most likely find another 300-400MHz at stock volts with his PhII 955BE without really trying. If it's a C3 stepping and he is not over-clocking, he should be flogged.


April 23, 2012 5:10:51 PM

Best answer selected by jaiizxvi.
a c 271 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 7:23:59 PM

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