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Choosing a Graphix Card


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#1 assassin8er

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:56 PM

Back in September I built myself a computer. THe only thing that wasn;t new was the graphics card, a 7950 NIVIDIA. Running new games has been fine except for running games with DX10 or 10.1 then I get this wierd shader issue where the shadows are extremly pixilated. I have been looking at a new card for a while and am wondering which one to get. From what I have heard Radeon cards currently destroy Nividia and have DX11! Anyway I'm wondering if anyone has some imput on which card I should invest in.

Currently there only Radeon due to what I have heard this is the way to go (These are the NewEgg listings)

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

The HIS is easily the cheepest but doesn't support DX11.

My computer has:
4gb of DDR3 Dual Channel RAM
2.8 Ghz Triple Core AMD Processor
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard
and has a 500 Watt Power Supply (I think this is higher but I can't remember right now)

If you want to suggest a card be my guest but keep power in mind. I am looking to stay within a budget. Nothing that is far beyond 200 dollars!

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:52 PM

Well, the card you should get depends on what you are wanting to do with it. The 5770 should be adequate for most games. When you buy a graphics card, don't worry too much about the manufacturers themselves as cards are mass produced and are roughly the same. What you should consider are the prices and the bundle. If you want the cheapest card, I would say go for the DIAMOND 5770PE51GT Radeon HD 5770 1GB. If you want one with the best warranty, the XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB is a good choice. If you want a game with your purchase, get the POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:53 AM

^You linked to the XXX Edition of the XFX card. That is a pre-overclocked version which is significantly more expensive.
This is the regular one which is what I have.

Edited by RainbowSix, 11 February 2010 - 02:54 AM.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:28 PM

RainbowSix's card is the less expensive model, and I'm sure the warranty with the XFX cards is the same for both the OC'd and non-OC versions. All the 5770's are good and largely the same, just note the bundles, warranties, and price.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 07:47 PM

I am running Win7 and after reading some of the reviews am wondering if I should be worried. Apparently 5770 have issues that cause them to crash. Has anyone experienced that? I can't afford that to happen to my card.

I just checked out Nvidia's site and they are planning on releasing a new GPU soon (the "GF100") I will probably wait for that and the price drop, it looks like it can compete with ATI's 5000 series. Well see.

Edited by assassin8er, 11 February 2010 - 08:16 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:25 PM

I fixed the 5770 issue by creating a custom profile. I changed the idle clock speed to 260MHz (from 157MHz) and have had no problems since.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:37 PM

The GTX470 and GTX480 are new cards based on Fermi architecture. There is no official release date on any of those cards aside from Q1/Q2 2010. Judging from how ATI and Nvidia cards are released, expect the first line in the GTX 4xx to be enthusiast cards at $300 or higher, with more mainstream cards coming out several months later. Just as a reminder, graphics cards rarely crash themselves, it is usually a combination of drivers or gaming code which leads to a crash and will happen with any graphics card, ATI or Nvidia, you choose. Keep in mind that the issue with the 5770 can be solved with patches or updates and may not affect all users in all games. In the interim, you can try the fix above if, by chance, you have problems.

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