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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 11:39:10 AM

Hi, I'd like to upgrade my rig with a better performing graphics card, one that isn't as ancient as the 5770, however I'm completely lost when it comes to various numbering, especially when looking at nvidia cards. I'm leaning towards nvidia as I've had nothing but trouble with the 5770; Including bsod, random driver lockups and the list goes on.

My current specs (I may replace cpu with a phenom down the line)

AMD Athlon II x4 640 (quad, 3ghz)
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB
ASUS M4A77TD
12GB DDR3-1333mhz Kingston RAM (I do video/image editing as well)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Corsair VX550W Power supply

I game in 1080p and I won't be using 3 displays and whatnot.

Thanks!

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December 15, 2012 11:49:36 AM

hey, i recommend gtx 550 ti (and higher) or 7770, u choose from theese 2.The 550 is bit faster, its good but not perfect.
Edit: and the 8750 :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 11:50:11 AM

GTX 660 or Radeon 7870.
And get a i5 for CPU.
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 11:51:02 AM

i went from a 5770 to a 7970 but my processor is about 3 times as powerful as yours. so im thinking that your processor will hold you back significantly if you go top of the line. i personally would get a gtx 560 or 660. both are rather cheap and in a very nice price/performance spot.

you wont be able to take full advantage of the card until you upgrade your mobo and processor. a phenom will hold you back too. a intel ivy bridge dual core will do far far better than your current mobo and proc.
a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 2:33:12 PM

farrengottu said:
i went from a 5770 to a 7970 but my processor is about 3 times as powerful as yours. so im thinking that your processor will hold you back significantly if you go top of the line. i personally would get a gtx 560 or 660. both are rather cheap and in a very nice price/performance spot.

you wont be able to take full advantage of the card until you upgrade your mobo and processor. a phenom will hold you back too. a intel ivy bridge dual core will do far far better than your current mobo and proc.


Yeah I'm not really interested in the most powerful graphics card, my cpu would kill the potential performance. I'll have a look at the suggested cards, many thanks to all.
a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 2:47:57 PM

HD 7850 is perfect for 1080P games.
December 15, 2012 3:23:22 PM

i am running evga gtx 660 ftw signature 2 3gb 1137mhz boost frequency on intel quad q9550 @ 2.83GHz with 8gb ram and i am having 95% cpu/gpu utilization in BF3 and skyrim with ENB and mods so i see no bottleneck here. even 660ti could have made sense for me, tough 70eur more for 6fps probably isnt great idea.

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revro
a c 359 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 3:31:34 PM

bobi99mkd said:
hey, i recommend gtx 550 ti (and higher) or 7770, u choose from theese 2.The 550 is bit faster, its good but not perfect.
Edit: and the 8750 :) 


I wouldn't go with a HD 7770 because basically HD 5770 = HD 6770 = HD 7750. If you are going to spend money on a new card might as well get a bigger boost in performance like the Radeon HD 7870, rather than something relatively small with the HD 7770.
December 15, 2012 3:41:06 PM

yes the toms hierarchy chart says that you should upgrade always at least 3 levels above
Tom says:"I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher"
so from 5770 you should go for ... well this is tricky according to chart 3 levels above are
Discrete: GTX 470, 560 Ti, 560 Ti 448 Core Discrete: HD 4850 X2, HD 5870, HD 6950
but these are old gen cards

4levels above are
Discrete: GTX 295, 480, 570, 660 Discrete: HD 4870 X2, 6970, 7850
so the 7870 is good proposal or maybe 660 OC or 660ti

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revro
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 3:42:07 PM

yes i could of recommanded a 7850 or 7870 but hed have to upgrade his cpu for it to be worth it tbh,

a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 3:53:27 PM

Get the 7850. Its a decent upgrade from your 5770 and your processor won't bottleneck it too much either.
December 15, 2012 4:38:24 PM

is athlon quad not equal to intel quad? i mean i get no bottleneck on my system whatsoever, i could possily pull with my stock quad even 660ti on my system. i mean if cpu/gpu have both 95% utilization there is no bottleneck
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 4:48:15 PM

depends on what model we are talking about and comparing.

a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 5:01:27 PM

The athlon CPU wont hold him back that much on a 7850/7870/660. I'd go for it. Either way your performance will be much better and then maybe in half a year or so think about getting another system upgrade, CPU/mobo/RAM upgrade. The Athlon II X4 is not as awful as people make it out to be. It just simply isn't as good as new gen Intel, hell even old gen Intel is night and day faster.
a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 5:22:34 PM

jaideep1337 said:
Get the 7850. Its a decent upgrade from your 5770 and your processor won't bottleneck it too much either.


^ This
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a c 117 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 5:40:54 PM

look at a 7870 or GTX 660 depending on if you want red or green.

then get a phenomII x4 as your motherboard will support it with a cooler to overclock.
a c 115 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 6:07:42 PM

jaguarskx said:
I wouldn't go with a HD 7770 because basically HD 5770 = HD 6770 = HD 7750. If you are going to spend money on a new card might as well get a bigger boost in performance like the Radeon HD 7870, rather than something relatively small with the HD 7770.



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a c 82 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 7:00:56 PM

+2 :D 
a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 7:17:02 PM

7850 2GB is just about all you need for modern games at 1080p
GTX 660 if you really prefer NVIDIA (but NVIDIA isn't immune to driver problems either)
Athlon II X4 640 is fine for 90% of games out there at least in single player, Phenom II X4 will cover something like 98% and will do better in multiplayer.
December 15, 2012 8:17:12 PM

5770 is not ancient, I got it 2 years ago and can still play Far Cry 3 in 1080p low settings. I don't care about ultra settings as low settings work fine for me.
However, if you do -need- to upgrade, yes I'd go with 7850.
a c 82 U Graphics card
December 15, 2012 8:47:22 PM

yeah 7850 or 7870 whynot, depends of the budget,
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