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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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.