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Should i buy 7770 or wait for a better card

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August 30, 2012 9:48:09 AM

I'm sure you are sick of these questions. which card is better X vs Y and such. I'm sick too but i need an answer once and for all.

3 years ago i bought the 9600gt OC, and it was a great card, for three years it could run every game released.

from what i used to read on forums and articles, the 9600gt was a mid-range video card a (gt) but still can perform like the (gtx) cards... if you know what i mean.

now it died :sleep:  ... i want something similar, a card that is not a high-end but with ocing can be future proof for lets say 2 years or a little more.

I can buy Radeon HD 7770 for 225$ (these are the prices in Israel (expensive!!))... OR i can wait for a month or so and save more money to buy the Radeon HD 7850 for 350$.

a key point: i have a CRT monitor that can support a maximum of 1280*1024 resolution. dont judge me, but i don't like those led lcd or whatever monitors i bought one once and it sucked, nothing compares to the crisp and responsiveness of a CRT.

so, what do you think.



relevant specs:

Intel core 2 Quad q8300 OC 4.1GHz
8GB ddr2

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August 30, 2012 9:57:28 AM

I don't think any card that will came out from nv side? (better card) as i remember they had already had card at 100$ range that is 640 and do horrible job at that price.

So the 7770 is the best card u can buy at that price range....

edit : err mis read about waiting for 7850 or get 7770 will depends at how much you eager to play right now (value of your time). 7770 is great for your rig right now.

But if u are patient, 7850 is another level than 7770, u can move it into new rig or if u bought new monitor. and there maybe a 650 that may came out from Nvi pushing the price ..

But if it's me i would buy 7770 and play now, save money for later build.
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August 30, 2012 10:17:54 AM

At that resolution I think the 7770 would be pretty good. I have the 5770 and run it at 1360x768 which is also pretty close to your resolution, and it's been great to me for the year, then again, if you can wait the month, the 7850 would have better future proofing. If you want to get three years out of it, that'd probably be the way to go, computers get obsolete quick ya know.
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August 30, 2012 10:27:19 AM

I ran a 7770 on my kids computer at that same resolution. I had overclocked it and ran some benchmarks just for reference. You should game comfortably at that resolution. It's a pretty decent card.
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August 30, 2012 11:18:07 AM

Are there any old stock hd-6850's or hd-6870's there? They are kinda between the hd-7770 and hd-7850 in speed.

The geforce 560 is close to the 6870.
The geforce 560ti is also pretty good about the same as the hd-6950.
The 560ti core448 is a bit faster closer to the hd-6970.

The older hd-6770 was close to the hd-7770, so if you see those cards on sale, they are ok. Two hd-6770's are pretty good if your board supports crossfire.
The 6770 crossfires with the 5770 if you find cheap used cards.
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August 30, 2012 11:36:38 AM

i can also get the 7750 for 160$... 60$ more to get the 7770 (220$) is it worth it ?
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August 30, 2012 12:02:53 PM

Where are u shopping?

Post a link.
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August 30, 2012 1:29:53 PM

There will always be a better card right around the corner. Just buy what you want/need and don't try to outguess technology growth. :-)

Do watch for sales though :-)
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August 30, 2012 2:26:05 PM

At your resolution, even a 7750 does well - it will run very demanding games such as metro 2033 at medium settings around 45 FPS.

A 7770 will max most games, and run metro 2033 at farily high settings.

About the 6850 - it's not really faster than the 7770. People argue about the two because the 7k series focuses on directx11 performance. In a directX 9 game, the 6850 will perform better than the 7770, but in a DX11 game, the 7770 wil outdo the 6850. DX9 is on it's way out, so I don't recommend getting a 6850.
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August 30, 2012 2:50:05 PM

quilciri said:
At your resolution, even a 7750 does well - it will run very demanding games such as metro 2033 at medium settings around 45 FPS.

A 7770 will max most games, and run metro 2033 at farily high settings.

About the 6850 - it's not really faster than the 7770. People argue about the two because the 7k series focuses on directx11 performance. In a directX 9 game, the 6850 will perform better than the 7770, but in a DX11 game, the 7770 wil outdo the 6850. DX9 is on it's way out, so I don't recommend getting a 6850.



^^ Not according to the toms benchmark suite. 6850 narrowly wins in almost every game benchmark. INCLUDING DX11.

The only advantage the 7770 has is power consumption.
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August 30, 2012 3:54:00 PM

americanbrian said:
^^ Not according to the toms benchmark suite. 6850 narrowly wins in almost every game benchmark. INCLUDING DX11.

The only advantage the 7770 has is power consumption.


What benchamarks are you looking at? Acc. to the only tom's benche's i found, the two DX 11 games benched, the 7770 wins crysis 2 by a large %, and loses Metro 2033 by a smaller %.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...
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August 30, 2012 4:04:30 PM

I'd get a 6850 (MSI PE/OC) to be specific. It overclocks to near 6870 performance. I'd say you will get a good couple years out of it.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Above link is a rough GPU benchmark and associated cost. Good Luck !!

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August 30, 2012 4:32:05 PM

odiervr said:
I'd get a 6850 (MSI PE/OC) to be specific. It overclocks to near 6870 performance. I'd say you will get a good couple years out of it.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Above link is a rough GPU benchmark and associated cost. Good Luck !!

Yes I agree as that is what i did, got a 6850 and overclocked her near the 6870 and runs great. I am running at 1080p and can run most games maxed so I imagine you would have no prob at your res.
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August 30, 2012 4:38:30 PM

nikorr said:
Where are u shopping?

Post a link.


there is no link... online shopping aint that strong in israel... i go to the computer shops and ask for prices...


I've got a deal today: I can get 450gts 2gb for 110$ .... (take note that 7770 is 220$)

how does a 450gts compare to the gigabyte 9600gt 1gb ??

will i notice a difference ?

the texel, pixel, and memory bandwidth are all nearly the same !!!!!!!!!!
http://www.hwcompare.com/7834/geforce-9600-gt-1gb-vs-ge...
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August 30, 2012 4:40:36 PM

A 450 GTS is *roughly* equivalent to a 7750 in performance. It's a significant upgrade over the 9600gt.

have fun!
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August 30, 2012 9:59:23 PM

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August 30, 2012 9:59:24 PM

rdc85 said:
I don't think any card that will came out from nv side? (better card) as i remember they had already had card at 100$ range that is 640 and do horrible job at that price.

So the 7770 is the best card u can buy at that price range....

edit : err mis read about waiting for 7850 or get 7770 will depends at how much you eager to play right now (value of your time). 7770 is great for your rig right now.

But if u are patient, 7850 is another level than 7770, u can move it into new rig or if u bought new monitor. and there maybe a 650 that may came out from Nvi pushing the price ..

But if it's me i would buy 7770 and play now, save money for later build.



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But if it's me i would buy 7770 and play now, save money for later build


for that advice........ best answer.... I'm going for it........... 7770 it is ........ plus, it overclocks well.

thank you all
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August 31, 2012 2:20:35 AM

Thank u, enjoy your card. Seriously i'm shock when i read how much it cost at your region, I'm always thinking in my place is already pricy (20-40$ up converted) but well world is wide i guess..

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August 31, 2012 4:40:33 PM

quilciri said:
What benchamarks are you looking at? Acc. to the only tom's benche's i found, the two DX 11 games benched, the 7770 wins crysis 2 by a large %, and loses Metro 2033 by a smaller %.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...



I am looking in the performance charts HERE:

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/compa...[5702]=on&prod[5451]=on

and I see wins on metro 2033, starcraft 2, CRYSIS 2! (so don't know what your smoking), battlefield 3, the list goes on....
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September 4, 2012 4:27:11 PM

americanbrian said:
I am looking in the performance charts HERE:

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/compa...[5702]=on&prod[5451]=on

and I see wins on metro 2033, starcraft 2, CRYSIS 2! (so don't know what your smoking), battlefield 3, the list goes on....


Apparently you didn't look at the link that I provided, then.

Tom's is contradicting itself, apparently. The 7770 wins DX11 bench in metro 2033 in the review I posted.
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September 4, 2012 6:34:09 PM

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