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A Worthwhile Upgrade

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 23, 2013 12:17:11 AM


I'm looking to upgrade an old Radeon 5770 soon.
While the 5770 has been a great card, it can't quite run max-settings Skyrim at 1080.

So I thought, a 3-year newer card at the same price point should be fine... except the stats aren't adding up. But the 7770's shader count and clock speeds aren't that much better.

Is relying on architecture improvement alone worth it?

I'm looking to stay in the AMD camp.

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January 23, 2013 12:50:29 AM

Hi. What's your budget, the rest of your specs, monitor resolution and preferred websites to buy from? The HD 7770 is a good card at resolution lower than 1920 x 1080. The HD 7850 is the minimum needed at 1920 x 1080 with higher settings and reasonable frame rate.
January 23, 2013 1:12:11 AM

Budget is $175 max.

Desired resolution is 1920 x 1080.

Phenom II X4 - 3.2 Ghz
8 Gigs DDR3 1333
AMD 780 Chipset
600 W Power Supply

I'd like to buy through NewEgg or Amazon. I don't care for TigerDirect.
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January 23, 2013 1:18:13 AM

The best card for that budget is the HD 7850. If you can get the 2GB version at that price after rebate, then I suggest you do it. If not, the 1GB version can often be had for $150 after rebate.
January 23, 2013 3:11:11 AM

Hi, would you be overclocking the new graphics card or running at stock speeds?
January 23, 2013 3:51:42 AM

Running stock.
February 2, 2013 9:57:28 PM

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