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Upgrade from 5770 for 2550x1440 resolution

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October 17, 2012 1:32:25 PM

Hello,

I have a radeon 5770 but it only has single link dvi and I recently purchased a 27" monitor capable of 2550x1440 requiring a dual link dvi connection. I currently use it connected to my MacBook air but I would like to connect it to my desktop as well. My price range varies simply because I don't want to buy the equivalent of a 5770 that has dual link dvi. I might as well go for a proper upgrade. I missed out on a used 7950 for $160 yesterday and that would have been ideal

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October 17, 2012 1:41:11 PM

Are you planning to play games at that resolution? If not, you don't need much GPU power. If so, you need a lot of GPU power...
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October 17, 2012 1:44:38 PM

Pretty much all 5770 support dual link dvi. You might just need the right cable.
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October 17, 2012 1:52:51 PM

Ok I was under the impression that my 5770 didn't have dual link dvi and wouldn't support my shimian 27" monitor.

I doubt I would game at max resolution. But I would go windowed from to time with some games, like diablo 3. FPS I would stick to full screen so 1920 would be just fine.
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October 17, 2012 1:58:48 PM

as soon as you connect your desktop to that monitor, you will get the "itch" to try some gaming... try a gtx 660... (yes it is more that 160... ). or look at the gtx 650 (seens to have dual link) i have the evga 650 sc and the gtx 640... both are peppy on the desktop... the gtx 650 has gddr5 so is faster (for 1280x1024, acceptable speed) so a would assume that for "desktop" usage at 2550x1440 a gtx650 ddr5 would be acceptable.
but with you having a macbook air and a pc, it would seem that you want to game on your pc, thus save up for 2 weeks and get the gtx 660.

TL;DR... all things considered, get the gtx 660 (you will be gaming, and saving for two weeks should be easy)...
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October 17, 2012 2:51:21 PM

Ok that makes total sense. I know I'll want to try it.
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October 17, 2012 9:55:23 PM

What about a 7850?
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October 17, 2012 11:01:00 PM

The 7850 and 660 trade blows depending on title and resolution. This has been the question of the month, seeing they are both at a popular price tag. Which one is better is dependent on which games you play and if you want/need physx. Either one appears to be a good choice, so you probably won't go wrong with either.
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October 18, 2012 11:58:48 PM

I run a GTX 680 @ that resolution.
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October 26, 2012 12:51:40 AM

proffet said:
I run a GTX 680 @ that resolution.


No hiccups with the 680?

Would a 570 be too weak? I say this only because I found one used locally. It's definitely a step up from my 5770.

I can probably force myself to hold off for a black friday deal. And as games start releasing over the next month I know I'll require the extra power. I don't want to throw money at a used 570 only to find a great deal on something better in a month. My 5770 works with the monitor but is definitely not great at running games at the resolution as expected.
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October 26, 2012 1:00:01 AM

it's a definite step up, no question.
but what model GTX 570, if it's the 1.25GB then it too will start to choke at such a resolution.
they make a 2GB model GTX 570 and that might get you buy but only for a great price would I go with that.

how much and what exact model.?

oh, NO hiccups with the GTX 680.
nVidia knew the 256-bit interface was no big deal and it's not...
so the Radeon fanbois claiming the 256-bit will choke....
HAHA, come get some..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 26, 2012 3:58:35 AM

proffet said:
it's a definite step up, no question.
but what model GTX 570, if it's the 1.25GB then it too will start to choke at such a resolution.
they make a 2GB model GTX 570 and that might get you buy but only for a great price would I go with that.

how much and what exact model.?

oh, NO hiccups with the GTX 680.
nVidia knew the 256-bit interface was no big deal and it's not...
so the Radeon fanbois claiming the 256-bit will choke....
HAHA, come get some..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Double Shot Edition ($180). Thinking of trying to get it cheaper. But it seems like it's the 1280mb version and not the 2gb model.
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October 26, 2012 11:04:55 AM

tough call..
I'm thinking more VRAM will be of benefit...
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October 26, 2012 2:36:01 PM

proffet said:
tough call..
I'm thinking more VRAM will be of benefit...


Ok Thanks. Maybe I should hold off for a 2gb.
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October 26, 2012 2:49:06 PM

I would for that resolution yes...
1080p and you'd be fine.
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October 27, 2012 4:23:18 PM

proffet said:
I would for that resolution yes...
1080p and you'd be fine.


I'd probably even be better off with say a 560 ti with 2gb?
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October 27, 2012 5:04:21 PM

I'd take a 2GB 560 Ti over the 1.25GB 570 in your case, yes..

question, why only nVidia cards only, no Radeon.?
I'm a nVidia guy but just curious.
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October 27, 2012 5:10:53 PM

Makes sense.

Oh I have no preference actually. Just looking for the best deal. I don't see many Radeon deals for used cards, mostly gtx. For new deals I see more of the 79XX range.
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October 27, 2012 5:53:36 PM

just curious.
as stated, I'm a nVidia guy anyways..
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October 27, 2012 6:04:48 PM

Yeah I'm not tied to any brand.
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October 27, 2012 6:24:53 PM

so where are you shopping from, what sources.?
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October 27, 2012 10:42:35 PM

Craigslist and whatever I find new on slickdeals
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October 28, 2012 2:32:57 AM

What about two 5870s for $150?

That site is good though. I'm going to check that site out too though. Thanks for that.
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October 28, 2012 8:38:43 AM

amount of VRAM.?
1GB is not enough @ 2560 x 1440..
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October 30, 2012 12:54:44 PM

What about 2 6950s (2GB) for $175?

I am not sure my motherboard (M4a78t-e) can run them crossfire well since I only have 1 x16 pci-e slot and crossfire would put the second at x8.

I'm still trying to hold out for black friday, but weighing my options until then.
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October 30, 2012 3:35:28 PM

motherboard can but power supply might not be able to is what you mean....
what AMD processor you on.?
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October 30, 2012 3:45:50 PM

955 BE. I have a Corsair 650W

I'm just unfamiliar with the way crossfire works, relative to the whole x16 vs x8.
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October 30, 2012 6:20:30 PM

your good.
got an overclock on the 965BE.?
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