Hd 5770 Upgrade

Current Pc Specs:
Asus M5A97 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Processor
430 Watt thermaltake tt 8020Power Supply
AMD HD 5770 Graphics Card
8 GB DDR3 Vengeance Ram

Iv'e been looking at a Gtx 550 Ti

I want to be able to play tribes ascend at max settings 1680x1050 at 45-60 Fps

I also would like to be able to play bf3 at high settings 1680x1050 at 30-45 fps

My budget is 100-150 maybe 200

I live in Canada and would prefer if you didn't suggest products from newegg

Leaving an extra monitor out of the budget would anybody suggest going crossfire and getting a secound monitor?
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  1. Personally I would prefer to get something like a Radeon HD 6850/6870 with your budget.

    Also, what is your PSU? I'm taking a wild guess, but is it the CX430?

    I would prefer to avoid Crossfire since I don't want to take a chance with Microstuttering and the stress of Scaling :lol: just my preference.
  2. Stay away from Xfire or SLI unless you have high end cards. Too much micro stutter. For your resolution and budget, go with a HD 6850/70 or a GTX 460/560. The 550ti is no better than your 5770.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  3. GeneralChiken said:
    Current Pc Specs:
    Asus M5A97 Motherboard
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Processor
    430 Watt Power Supply
    AMD HD 5770 Graphics Card
    8 GB DDR3 Vengeance Ram

    Iv'e been looking at a Gtx 550 Ti

    I want to be able to play tribes ascend at max settings 1680x1050 at 45-60 Fps

    I also would like to be able to play bf3 at high settings 1680x1050 at 30-45 fps

    My budget is 100-150 maybe 200

    I live in Canada and would prefer if you didn't suggest products from newegg

    Leaving an extra monitor out of the budget would anybody suggest going crossfire and getting a secound monitor?


    Like others have said the 5770 is a little better than the 550ti, if you have $200 get a Gtx 480, its equal to a 6970

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759 -(Canadian newegg)
  4. mocchan said:
    Personally I would prefer to get something like a Radeon HD 6850/6870 with your budget.

    Also, what is your PSU? I'm taking a wild guess, but is it the CX430?

    I would prefer to avoid Crossfire since I don't want to take a chance with Microstuttering and the stress of Scaling :lol: just my preference.


    Sorry but The PSU is from a really old comp and i don't know what model it is.
    However i'm assuming it is pretty reliable considering the recommended psu for an hd 5770 is 500 watts.
    However (lol) my graphics card is somewhat unstable (assuming this is because psu can't power it properly)

    Unless it really matters there are no details about the psu on the back and i dont feel like takeing it out of my comp to see the side
  5. Would anybody suggest getting a new psu?
  6. Are there any brandings on the power supply? We'll need to know that before we can recommend a PSU replacement or not.
  7. I found a GTX 560 Se for 119
    A GTX 560 DCU for 139
    And a GTX 560 for 154

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=gtx%20560&sort=1&recs=10

    Can anybody give me there oppinion on this and which one should i get
    and what does se and dcu mean

    thanks

    also do i need a bigger psu for any of these cards
  8. mocchan said:
    Are there any brandings on the power supply? We'll need to know that before we can recommend a PSU replacement or not.


    k
    i checked its a thermal take tt8020
  9. "However i'm assuming it is pretty reliable considering the recommended psu for an hd 5770 is 500 watts.
    However (lol) my graphics card is somewhat unstable (assuming this is because psu can't power it properly)
    "

    What do you mean 'your graphics card is somewhat unstable'? If you are having issues with stability, crashes, BSODs, freezing, etc. it could well be a software issue. Try cleaning your system with CCleaner to rid it of Registry errors and resource wasting crap. Do the Clean and Registry both. You may have to run it a couple times.
    http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

    As far as power supply size, your HD 5770 requires 100W at max usage: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264 ... something you will rarely do. That's only a little over 8A on the +12V rail.
    Here is a PSU calculator if you want to see what your system needs overall: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
  10. clutchc said:
    "However i'm assuming it is pretty reliable considering the recommended psu for an hd 5770 is 500 watts.
    However (lol) my graphics card is somewhat unstable (assuming this is because psu can't power it properly)
    "

    What do you mean 'your graphics card is somewhat unstable'? If you are having issues with stability, crashes, BSODs, freezing, etc. it could well be a software issue. Try cleaning your system with CCleaner to rid it of Registry errors and resource wasting crap. Do the Clean and Registry both. You may have to run it a couple times.
    http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

    As far as power supply size, your HD 5770 requires 100W at max usage: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264 ... something you will rarely do. That's only a little over 8A on the +12V rail.
    Here is a PSU calculator if you want to see what your system needs overall: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/


    probably a software issue then. I used to have it underclocked do to the stability issues and only like a few months ago after being frustrated with the underclocked performance did i put the settings back up. It has been fonctioning fine ever scince
  11. GeneralChiken said:
    probably a software issue then. I used to have it underclocked do to the stability issues and only like a few months ago after being frustrated with the underclocked performance did i put the settings back up. It has been fonctioning fine ever scince


    So you're saying the card became unstable after the underclock, then became stable again after you clocked it back up?
  12. mocchan said:
    So you're saying the card became unstable after the underclock, then became stable again after you clocked it back up?


    no im saying it was unstable
    so i underclocked it

    but then i got upset with performance so i put it back at regular clock
    it has been fine ever scince

    (i believe i updated drivers too at around that time)
  13. Anybody gonna tell me about those gtx 560's
    were going off topic here
    this has nothing to do with my used to be unstable gpu
  14. Ahh okay, thanks for clarifying.

    Anyway DCU means Direct Copper (copper heatpipes are making direct contact with the GPU).

    I would personally get the DCU.
  15. mocchan said:
    Ahh okay, thanks for clarifying.

    Anyway DCU means Direct Copper (copper heatpipes are making direct contact with the GPU).

    I would personally get the DCU.


    would i need a new PSU?
  16. GeneralChiken said:
    would i need a new PSU?


    If I'm not mistaken, you need a minimum PSU of 500w with 30 amps on the +12v rail.

    I can't find any specification of your PSU anywhere, so I don't know.
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