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#59799 12-Apr-2010 20:32
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Hey Guys

First of all I'm new hear.

I was just thinking what would be better a ATI 5770 or a nvidia N260.
I want to be able to play games on high but dont mind much.

Also is there any other vidocard that will do and is cheap ($400-)

my PSU is a atx 2.2 520w watt

Thx so much


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  #317505 12-Apr-2010 20:45
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Here's some numbers from Xbit labs.

Xbit conclusions:


  • Excellent performance for its class;

  • Significantly outperform Radeon HD 4770;

  • Top model competes successfully against GeForce GTX 260 Core 216;

  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;

  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;

  • Best anisotropic filtering in the industry;

  • Supports up to three monitors;

  • DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectCompute 11 support;

  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;

  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;

  • Integrated sound core with HD support;

  • Sound over HDMI;

  • Compact size;

  • Low power consumption;

  • Low noise.


  • Performance is limited by the 128-bit memory bus.

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  #317512 12-Apr-2010 21:03
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Take a look here

$400 gets you a damn good card these days....

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  #317532 12-Apr-2010 21:45
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I recently custom-built my new gaming desktop on a SilverStone cube with a 5770. Runs fairly cool in a smaller casing and gaming performance is excellent.

You get the eye candy DX11 with the 5770 too. You tend to get better bang for your buck with ATi cards these days over nVidia.

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  #317571 12-Apr-2010 23:40
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There isn't anything worth getting at the $400 range only previous generation former high models that aren't DX11 or DX10.1 and/or lack other new features. 

The Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 896MB is ~$290, has less video memory but isn't DX11 and doesn't have 1GB video memory.

Currently the ATI Radeon 5770 1GB is  ~$260 and offers better bang for buck imo.

If you're willing to look at <$500 the Radeon 5850 becomes the strongest contender imo.

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  #320699 20-Apr-2010 14:26
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I have the HD5850, just moved on from a 9600GT passive. It's a little noisier, and im having some contrast issues with W7 MC, but in gaming and blu-ray playback it really shines, with some degree of futureproofing (although I've found this to be a relatively meaningless term in computer tech, my matrox mystique card was supposedly futureproofed)

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#320719 20-Apr-2010 15:01

I have a a Sapphire 5770 Vapor-x 1GB and its brilliant.  I can play all current gen games (BC2, Just Cause 2) at 1900x1200 on full with 4x (or some times 8x) anti aliasing. 

Frankly I think its a great card for ~300 and would whole heartedly reccomend it. 

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  #320726 20-Apr-2010 15:29
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thx guys I think i will get it.

Also dose anyone think it will go down in price?


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  #320761 20-Apr-2010 17:08
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I don't think the price would go down anytime soon... until ATi releases a new generation of video cards.

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  #320787 20-Apr-2010 18:19
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$260ish is already awesome bang for buck

Note: Personally I recommend you pay a couple of $ extra and not go for the cheaper seller from the link about. You are going to get miles better service/support from a seller that has a proven reputation, accepts CC and has a real physical store vs some guy running an etailer out of his mums garage and drop shipping product straight from the distributor.

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  #320798 20-Apr-2010 18:26
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I was going to get it from tastech

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  #320862 20-Apr-2010 19:50
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also would a 520w psu run say a 5850/70 easy
and would i need to buy a fan for my pc.

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  #321070 21-Apr-2010 00:48
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The power supply requirements for a 5850 or 5870 are:

- 500 Watt or greater power supply
- Two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors

I would check your psu to see if it has the 2x 6 pin connectors needed and also check the sticker on the side of the psu for the wattage ratings for the various rails/voltages.

Also check if your PSU is on the certified list

Whether you need additional case fans depends on what case you have and what fans you have already, probably don't need any extra in most cases.

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  #321335 21-Apr-2010 15:03
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on the boxs it says itsgot only 1 6pin pci-e connectors
also i only have 2 fans my psu one and cpu one

oh and my psu it a vantecl ion2 520w

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  #321336 21-Apr-2010 15:06
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nop it can only have the 5770 i didn't look at the 5830 as i think that wont be as good as the 5770

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  #321343 21-Apr-2010 15:20
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hold on my psu also has a 6=2 pin pci-e plug on it

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