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Old September 11, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Hello, great forum here!



I recently upgraded my entire system, everything but the video card. I don't game much but if I do I want something reasonable that can handle the graphics demand. What I do most of the time is website authoring and large graphic editing. What do you expert recommend? Canada Computers recommended the following card:



Sapphire Vapor-X ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5





I'm confused with so many choices??? Who is better ATI or nVidia??? Any help or direction is greatly appreciated, thanks!


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Old September 11, 2010, 09:26 PM
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How much money do you want to spend?
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Old September 11, 2010, 10:03 PM
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welcome aboard man.

depending on what much means to you, you could go with a gt220 or stick with the 5770.

btw what are your computer's specs ?
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Old September 12, 2010, 06:46 AM
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No more than $250 with 1GB of memory. I don't think I will ever use any video card to it's full potential and I don't plan on linking more than one card, so more than $250 from my perspective is a waste of money. My goal is to improve the overall speed on the card. Canada Computers tells me ATI is geared to the graphics while nVidia is geared more towards gaming. I currently own an 3-4 year old BFG 8500 series card with 512MB. Thanks gents!

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Intel i7 870 Quad Core LGA1156 2.93 Chip
Asus P7P55D-E Motherboard
Asus Xonar Essence STX Soundcard
4 x Mushkin 2GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
Antec TP650W PS
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Old September 12, 2010, 07:36 AM
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If you're not much into gaming, a 5770 would be plenty. I prefer XFX, double lifetime warranty when you register. Check the sale page at NCIX, it's in there I believe. If you want to spend more, go for a GTX460. It's probably the best performance/cash at the moment until ATI cards drop in price. If going with nVidia, check for a lifetime warranty. EVGA, and I think (someone can confirm) Zotac as well as PnY offer it too.

I'm using an xfx 5770 on my main PC, i'm very pleased with it. I don't game much, but it can max my games on 1680x1050. (SC2, Dirt2, Dragon Age).

Also, check if you can find a cheap used 5850 (XFX). One just sold for 220 in the BST, it's a nice deal.
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No more than $250 with 1GB of memory. I don't think I will ever use any video card to it's full potential and I don't plan on linking more than one card, so more than $250 from my perspective is a waste of money. My goal is to improve the overall speed on the card. Canada Computers tells me ATI is geared to the graphics while nVidia is geared more towards gaming. I currently own an 3-4 year old BFG 8500 series card with 512MB. Thanks gents!

The specs on the computer are:

Intel i7 870 Quad Core LGA1156 2.93 Chip
Asus P7P55D-E Motherboard
Asus Xonar Essence STX Soundcard
4 x Mushkin 2GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
Antec TP650W PS
Antec Case
2 x WD 500G HDs
Plextor DVD/CD Burner
Multi-card Media Reader
A GTX 460 would probably be your best bet. You might be able to find a 5850 within your budget, but you probably don't need the extra power. In fact, I'd probably go with a 768MB 460 if I were you.
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Old September 12, 2010, 09:01 AM
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^^^^ That makes sense completely GTX 460....think the can be had for around $200...
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Old September 12, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Thanks guys... I assume when talking GTX 460 series these are Nvidia based? Any brand I should stick with Asus, EVGA, etc? Thanks.
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Yes, they are nVidia-based. Many people like EVGA for their service, but I would actually recommend a brand like MSI or Gigabyte instead, since they use superior coolers on their own-branded GTX 460 cards.
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If you won't be gaming much you could definitely save a bundle and go with something cheaper. For example an HD 5750 or GTS 250 would be plenty. A GTX 460 is a great card but probably overkill for your needs.
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