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Gtx 460, or HD 7770?

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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 2:56:02 AM

I really need to upgrade my GPU, but I have no money, so I think I've been looking at either a GTX 460 or a Radeon 7770 as a cheap but very large upgrade over my slow gt 220. The GTX 460 seems to perform better, at least in the games that I play, but some radeon 7770s are very short, I'll explain why this matters. Another thing that bothers me about the 460 is that there aren't many of them for sale anymore, so if I decide I want to SLI when I get a new board, I don't know if I'll be able to find another one. I realize that running two of either of these GPU's isn't ideal, but I've always wanted to try it out mostly just for experience, and it would be another really cheap upgrade option for later.

Another thing, I would prefer a GPU that is short enough that it won't cover my last 2 SATA ports, because I'm not sure if the two on the bottom will be fully uncovered or not. My board is 9.6'' so I don't know how short a card would have to be in order to not cover them. I rather not run the risk that low profile SATA cables wouldn't fit under my GPU.

In short:
Will the 8.76" gtx 460 be long enough to block the last two SATA ports closest to the edge of the board?
Will I be able to find another gtx 460 in a year or so if I decide to SLI two of them?
Should I buy the shorter 7770 even though it doesn't do Crossfire?
Or a different 7770 that does support Crossfire?

Link:
Motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
Radeon 7770 (no Xfire support but a short 7.6''): http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More about : gtx 460 7770

a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:00:14 AM

I used to have my specs in my signature but it seems to have disappeared, here they are though. Power and Case Space is not a problem no matter what GPU or how many I choose to use.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H
CPU: Phenom II X4 945
HSF: Cooler-Master Hyper TX3
GPU: GT 220
PSU: XFX Core Edition-750W
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:02:31 AM

amuffin said:

If it covers your SATA ports, you can always use 90 degree sata cables!

Yea but the thing is a lot of people say that they fit, and many say that they don't. Maybe it depends on the brand board, or maybe they don't use low profile ones. I don't know how stupid, or smart the people that claim they don't fit actually are.

These are the lowest ones I could find: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:20:30 AM

rage33 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

I don't really see the value in either the GTX460 or the 7770, consider the two links above, a GTX 560 (non-ti) or a HD 6850. Both can be crossfired or SLI'd later.

originally I wanted a 560, but I have no money, and I would rather try to get $20 more for a 6870 over a 6850. I guess I just don't really care that much about how games look, my friend has the same CPU as me and a 6770 and his rig is good enough for me, but the GTX 460, or a 7770 cost the same and work better (than his card).
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:23:29 AM

hmmm, well I guess I am looking at USD prices, the 460 cost the same as the 6850 here in the states. I would get the 6770 over the 7770 however its a faster card for the same/similar price
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:27:25 AM

rage33 said:
hmmm, well I guess I am looking at USD prices, the 460 cost the same as the 6850 here in the states. I would get the 6770 over the 7770 however its a faster card for the same/similar price


Actually the 7770 is faster than the 6770 and a little slower than the 6850. I think you're confusing it with the 7750/6770.
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:32:26 AM

lycros said:
Actually the 7770 is faster than the 6770 and a little slower than the 6850. I think you're confusing it with the 7750/6770.

Agreed, I've looked at everything, I've wanted to upgrade my GPU for a long long time now.
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:34:14 AM

rage33 said:
hmmm, well I guess I am looking at USD prices, the 460 cost the same as the 6850 here in the states. I would get the 6770 over the 7770 however its a faster card for the same/similar price

the two 7770's I found were both about $125, Gtx 460, was the same $120 as a 7770, the cheapest 6850 I can find is about $140, and the cheapest 6870 was like $165.
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 3:45:59 AM

lycros said:
Actually the 7770 is faster than the 6770 and a little slower than the 6850. I think you're confusing it with the 7750/6770.



Hmm, that could be, I could have swore I read an article or saw something on paper stating that is was, however I can't seem to locate said article and am forced to con-seed to your point :-).


a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 4:00:23 AM

I would suggest SLI'ing the GTX 460's right from the start. You won't regret it ;) 
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 7:33:19 PM

dingo07 said:
I would suggest SLI'ing the GTX 460's right from the start. You won't regret it ;) 

If I could come up with that much money I would rather spend it on a single card, besides my motherboard only has one PCI x16 slot, my plan is to upgrade my GPU, upgrade my board, and the RAM with it, then probably upgrade my GPU again at some later point in time. I think I might just go with the non crossfire 7770 since then I won't have to worry about it covering my SATA ports, it'll probably be a year at least before I can get a new board, and then start looking at another GPU upgrade. Hopefully by then I'll be able to finally find a job and have some more money to be able to afford a single decent GPU then I could SLI or Crossfire that.
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