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Old August 8, 2010, 06:34 PM
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I'm in the middle of building a SFF box for my brother to take to Waterloo (Optometry), and I'm looking for a video card that will handle SC2 on ultra (no AA) with ease. Likely monitor resolution will be 1080p or 1680 x 1050 (That's the way things are looking, anyway).

These are the parts so far:

Silverstone Sugo SG05 w/300W PSU
Zotac H55ITX LGA1156 WiFi mobo
OCZ 2x2 GB DDR3-1333
Intel Core i3 530
Sony slim 8x DVD-RW (case requirement)
WD Scorpio Black 500 GB 2.5in HDD

My budget is flexible, and the case can fit up to 9 inch long cards (even with an end power plug).

PSU only has a single 6-pin connector and no molex connectors, so no GTX460 (It would be overkill anyway)

I'm looking at the 57xx, but prices for the 5770 right now are often still uncomfortably close to the GTX460, and I don't see any big rebates yet (fingers crossed for next week's NCIX sale). The 5750 is a bit better price-wise. The cheapest 57xx cards that I can find are the 512 mb versions of each sold by Powercolor, but I haven't run into any reviews of the 512mb models yet.

Alternately, there are some rebates that bring the price of even the 1GB GTS250 to just over $100. (EVGA has a $30 MIR)

So do I shell out for a 57xx, go with the old nVidia, or postpone buying a GPU in the hopes of better discounts? (The box needs to be complete before September. In the meantime, I think the mobo supports Intel's integrated video?)

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Old August 8, 2010, 07:02 PM
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HD 5770. XFX is coming out with a single slot one which may interest you.
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Old August 8, 2010, 07:18 PM
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The case is actually DTX-sized and supports 2 slot cards, so it's not really a problem.

I'm just wondering which way the power/price/performance balance will break in the next couple weeks.
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Old August 8, 2010, 07:23 PM
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Price point wise for a SFF, why not just go with a 9800GT single slot, or a GTS 250 dual slot? You can probably pick a 98gt up used for half (or less) then a 5770, and GTS 250's can be found for under $100 new. They'll still kill SC2 I would think.

And with the extra cash left over, you could buy 3 or 4 cases of beer for school!
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Old August 8, 2010, 07:30 PM
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Just saw this in the Sub 100 GPU thread:

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I got a GT 240 with 512mb ddr5 for my gf cuz she wanted a cool and quiet gpu to possibly play SCII. She got an i3 530 and I manage to play it maxed at 1920 x 1200. I got it for 60$ after MIR which I find to be pretty amazing.

So a GT 240 might fit your bill, and you can pick them up on sale for really cheap too (45 bucks after MIR's)
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Or wait a few weeks. ;)
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Personally i wouldnt be running that good of gear on a no-name included with the case power supply, thats just me
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Old August 8, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Personally i wouldnt be running that good of gear on a no-name included with the case power supply, thats just me
My omission, the case is made by Silverstone. Sugo is the name of their SFF line.

PSU is by FSP (Fortron Source Power)

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you sure its 300, i looked on there site and they have a 450 watter sff.
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I just put together a system for my brother's friend and the best deal I found on a midrange card was the Powercolor HD 5750 PCs. I purchased through NCIX (they have a $20 rebate going for the card right now) and price-matched with DirectCanada. After the rebate the card comes to $102.95 excluding tax on the initial $122.95 purchase.

NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 5750 PCs 700MHZ 512MB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - AX5750 512MD5-H In Canada.

Powercolor Radeon HD 5750 PCs 700MHZ 512MB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - DirectCanada
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