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#1 RJ350z

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:43 PM

Made a major mistake with my latest build. I went with a 9600 for the video card, and I'm regretting it now. Just got the new Aliens vs Predator game and having some problems running it... It lags alot even when just running around the map!
My plan was to get just enough power to play WoW when I decided on the 9600, but now I want to run other games.

Here is my system now:
Phenom II X4 955
4GB DDR3 1600
550W PSU
Nvidia 9600

I'm looking for an upgrade to the video card, but I don't really know what some of the best value vs performance ones are. I realize I'm probably going to have to upgrade my PSU. I can't drop the $400 for the beast cards like the 5870, I'm looking to keep it under $200 if possible (for the card itself, excluding the PSU). Anyone have any suggestions on what to go with?

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:42 PM

You could get a good 4870 card for under two bills. It may not be the 5870 but it still kicks plenty of ass. I'm running one right now. :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:42 PM

You could get an HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB for $159. This card is roughly the same as a 4870 in most cases but is smaller, newer, uses less power, and outputs less heat. This card also comes with DirectX 11 and EyeFinity.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:47 PM

You could get an HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB for $159. This card is roughly the same as a 4870 in most cases but is smaller, newer, uses less power, and outputs less heat. This card also comes with DirectX 11 and EyeFinity.


Thanks for the replies guys. I looked into it and I think I'm going to get one of the 5770s. Would you recommend a PSU upgrade if I go that route? I'm reading some of the reviews and there are a few guys running off of 350 W..
I've got a Raidmax 550W (It came with my case and decided to leave it).

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 08:46 PM

As long as your not running a billion other devices(i.e. hard drives, optical drives, raid arrays) and you have the required connections for the video card you should be fine.
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:07 PM

The 5770 should only need a 450W to 500W power supply, so you should be alright with what you have.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 05:25 PM

Just wanted to say that I just got a 5770 and it works fantastically. I'm very happy with it and can play everything I want now on max settings. It also does run just fine on with current PSU!

Thanks for the advice!




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