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#1 Sightless

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

I currently am running a PNY Geforce GT 430 and I think it's time to upgrade. My friend offered to sell me his Radeon HD 6770 for $50. How much of a performance improvement do you think I'll be seeing? Looking at benchmarks doesn't tell me much. I play games such as Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3, Counterstrike GO, Guild Wars 2, Metro 2033 (which runs with VERY low FPS on my card). I would play more recent games if I knew my card could handle them at a decent FPS on high settings.


Also, would it be able to run on a 450W PSU? It says that is the minimum requirement, so would it be safe? I only have a GPU, HDD and CPU, no optical drive or other peripherals connected to the PSU.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

Go for a 6870 or 6950..
if on Nvidia side: GTX 650ti or 560Ti..

Only a few fps on Battlefield 3 and other games u have if you get 6770.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:56 AM

Go for a 6870 or 6950..
if on Nvidia side: GTX 650ti or 560Ti..

Only a few fps on Battlefield 3 and other games u have if you get 6770.


Is $50 not a very good deal though?

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

It could be a good deal or a bad deal. If it won't do what you want then not a good deal, If it does what you want, then good deal.

Since you say it is a friend. Ask to borrow the card and install it and see if it is what you want.

One other question to ask yourself is, Why is he selling it?

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

He's selling it because he upgraded his GPU and some other components. He knows I don't have the money to buy a $150 or $200 card so he's offering it to me for cheap.

Asking to borrow it actually sounds like a good idea. I may just do that :)

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

The 6770 is essentially a rebranded 5770 and in terms of performance, the 6770 is around 135% faster then the GT430, so basically you should see a huge performance gain games.

Source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GT_430/28.html

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

The 6770 is essentially a rebranded 5770 and in terms of performance, the 6770 is around 135% faster then the GT430, so basically you should see a huge performance gain games.

Source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GT_430/28.html


Thanks for that graph! :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

The 6770 would easily run TF2 and CS:GO but the Metro 2033 is going to be a tough one. The price that is being offered is pretty good :thumbup2:

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

Metro 2033 runs fine on a HD6770 with 8GB of system RAM, Graphics on high with no noticeable effects.

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$50 isnt a bad deal for that card I gave 100 for mine last year before the 7xxx series came out.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

Don't 100% Trust Graphs and reviews all over the net... Because:
1. Companies might have made a deal with reviewers.
2. It's a different situation for every person.
3. It will depend on the person using the card and the performance it gives.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:04 AM

Metro 2033 runs fine on a HD6770 with 8GB of system RAM, Graphics on high with no noticeable effects.

<Has Card, Has Game

$50 isnt a bad deal for that card I gave 100 for mine last year before the 7xxx series came out.

Thanks for confirming mate, i can't exactly remember but isn't ultra the highest setting you can go with other effects turned on?

Don't 100% Trust Graphs and reviews all over the net... Because:
1. Companies might have made a deal with reviewers.
2. It's a different situation for every person.
3. It will depend on the person using the card and the performance it gives.

That doesn't happen often nowadays and it wouldn't be a huge difference if specs are similar to the reviewer or the game relies more on the GPU which should give similar FPS.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:25 AM

Metro 2033 runs fine on a HD6770 with 8GB of system RAM, Graphics on high with no noticeable effects.

<Has Card, Has Game

$50 isnt a bad deal for that card I gave 100 for mine last year before the 7xxx series came out.

I've heard that Metro relies a lot on the CPU because of some physic effects, confirm or deny? I can not comfortably run it on any graphics setting without turning the resolution way down. Hoping this upgrade will fix that

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

I have physix turned off since I don't have a physics card but any physix game will run the CPU pretty hard if you don't. I only played 120 minutes or so (says Steam) and I set the resolution to 1440x900 (monitor's native rez).

Nvidia Cards have some physix capabilities built in since it's their technology, that kinda flopped.

No stalls or stops when playing it though with my 3 core 3 GHz AMD processor.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

I have physix turned off since I don't have a physics card but any physix game will run the CPU pretty hard if you don't. I only played 120 minutes or so (says Steam) and I set the resolution to 1440x900 (monitor's native rez).

Nvidia Cards have some physix capabilities built in since it's their technology, that kinda flopped.

No stalls or stops when playing it though with my 3 core 3 GHz AMD processor.


So you think my Core i3 would be able to run it smoothly at 1080p?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:30 PM

that I dont know, I dont have anything 1080 to try it on. It should operate smoothly though, the i3 is comparable to my processor.

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