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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 2, 2012 5:35:57 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-250) Before / After Rebates
My card is in the process of dying, so I'm looking for a new card that's an improvement on what I have, but also not too expensive. This seemed good to me but I figured I'd ask the experts.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Really is all about gaming.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon HD 5770, Fatal1ty (ugh) 700W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard, AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Always into Newegg, occasionally tigerdirect

PARTS PREFERENCES: Trying to stick with ATI for now

OVERCLOCKING: Not really interested


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing I can think of. Thanks for the advice and comments!

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November 2, 2012 6:11:03 PM

Great card. You will love it, and the increase in performance over the 5770.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 6:15:51 PM

Agree. Sapphire is a good brand, and thats a huge performance leap.

Your Phenom II won't always be able to keep up with it, particularly in CPU intensive gaming, but honestly that's not too big of a problem ... better too strong than too weak.

Make sure your case is well ventilated!
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a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 8:05:49 PM

OC your cpu.
A 7870 might be a better value for you.
Sapphire is tops.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2012 9:11:56 PM

Embra said:
OC your cpu.

+1 on this. Particularly with the AMD the overclock should help a lot. May need a custom cooler to do that if you do not already have one.

Decision on how much to spend on the card is all you.
November 2, 2012 10:00:40 PM

What do you guys think of the clock speed?
November 2, 2012 11:54:39 PM

The GTX 660 is not as powerful as the 7950 but alot cheaper so it's your choice, personally i'd go with the GTX 660.
November 3, 2012 12:00:08 AM

The 7950 is amazing. Also this card is tailored for overclockers. You should really overclock that card. You can get it 1350MHz depending on you psu, and your cpu (may need to OC it for this card btw). But really good choice. If you can find the vapor-x version of that, it would be really amazing!