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GTX 570 vs HD7770, Worth buying older hardware?

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June 27, 2012 7:30:42 PM

I am looking for a card to replace my 9800GTX+ I already know there will be a bottleneck with my Core2Quad Q9400

I can get a decent deal on a used GTX 570 for about $200 vs $150 for a new 7770.

The 7770 is the best current-gen, price-performance card on the market right now, and I really don't like buying last-gen hardware, but I only have around $200 total to spend right now, and I want to make the most of it.

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June 27, 2012 8:00:50 PM

My motherboard won't support SLI or CrossfireX, and the bottleneck with the Q9400 still bothers me about how much performance I won't be able to utilize.
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June 27, 2012 8:08:44 PM

I'd suggest the GTX 570, it'll destroy the 7770 in performance. Although the 7770 would use less energy but they just don't match in performance.
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June 27, 2012 8:59:20 PM

mpheng said:
I'd suggest the GTX 570, it'll destroy the 7770 in performance. Although the 7770 would use less energy but they just don't match in performance.


I have a 680w PSU, so power isn't a huge concern, just buying older and used hardware is what kills me.

How much of a bottleneck do you think I would have with the 570 compared to the 7770?

My only problem would be if the $50 extra I put down on a 570 really wouldn't show better performance because of the bottleneck from my Q9400. I heard if you overclock it from 2.6Ghz to upwards of 3 Ghz it might help but my CPU Cooler is a piece of trash.
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June 27, 2012 9:18:31 PM

You could spend the $25 to buy a CM 212 Evo, and overclock away.
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June 27, 2012 9:40:12 PM

a GTX 570 will not be bottlenecked by your cpu. ( or should i put in the "depending on the game and resolution" disclaimer :p  )

the 570 was released in Q3 of 2110; your cpu was released in Q3 of 2008.

now would you get more FPS with a sandy bridge i5?
yes.
but that has nothing to do with the cpu bottlenecking the 570 but the limitation of the cpu; there is a difference.
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June 27, 2012 9:50:16 PM

eddieroolz said:
You could spend the $25 to buy a CM 212 Evo, and overclock away.


Can that fit a socket 775?
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June 27, 2012 9:50:37 PM

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