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Windows 7: Your Opinion: Graphics Card

16 Dec 2010   #11
cybercore

Windows 7 x64
 
 

To run a game maxed out 1600x900, I'd go at least GTX 470.


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16 Dec 2010   #12
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

@ cybercore

The OP does not want to spend for than $150 so a GTX 470 is not an option, please read before you post.

@ vierasniper

GTX 260 is still a good card but requires way too much power 182W TDP, runs hot and loud and does not have newer features found on the HD 5770/GTS 450 eg. DX11. That's like telling me to go back in time and buy a 3Ghz Dual Core (90nm) as oppose to my 2.6Ghz Dual Core (45nm) because I can gain 2 FPS in WoW, when I can just easily overclock my my 2.6Ghz to 3Ghz, use less power consumption doing so and have the latest features (45nm, C1E and SSE3), just as an example purely not recommended.

Here's a nice comparison chart: WoW: Wrath of the Lich King - Benchmarks with Ati and Nvidia graphics cards - WoW, World of Warcraft, Lich King, Benchmark, Radeon, Geforce - PC Games Hardware but I do not like this site cause their benches seem off, last time I checked they told me I'd get 40 for some game I cannot remember but I ended with 60+ frames on my system with a slower CPU. It's just for reference to compare the cards.

Notes: HD 5770 = HD 4870, GTS 450 = 8800 GTX, and GTX 260 is the best of the 3 but requires way too much power [182W vs 108W (5770)] for a mere 2 frames. Please keep in mind the benchmarks are done with a Core-i7 @ 3.5Ghz, if you have slower CPU overclocking the HD 5770 to 900/1300 would more than make up for any frames lost due to your specific CPU and beat the GTX 260 in the process all while staying cooler, quieter and not sky rocketing your electro bill with extra bells and whistles (DX11).

Just my two pennies.
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16 Dec 2010   #13
Johnathan Lyman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Well after tallying votes (yes, I counted) it seems the majority in my price range is the 5770.

I'll probably end up getting a more powerful card/psu in the future. I just need something NOW and only have so much $ NOW. Believe me, I'd love to pick out the best of the best and run rampant all over the place, causing children to cry because my FPS is better than theirs. Or something like that.

If anyone else as opinions, I won't be buying for a couple weeks so keep at it.
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16 Dec 2010   #14
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jelyman View Post
Hey gang,

I've dealt with IGPs for a long time and never gamed much on the PC because of it. To this day I don't have much desire to do so. The only game I really play is World of Warcraft and I might play Half-Life 2 or whatnot.

I'm looking for recommendations on a graphics card that can put out enough to max out (or come close) WoW on a 20" LCD @1600x900.

Ideas?

Thanks!
AMD's:
  • Radeon HD 5770

NVIDIA:
  • GeForce GTS 450 or a GeForce GTX 460 (if you can stretch your budget to ~$170).
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17 Dec 2010   #15
Fluffy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If you get the ATi 5770 I recommend the HIS one, it is pre-overclocked from 850mhz to 875mhz core and has overclocked memory to 5ghz (effective)
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17 Dec 2010   #16
Johnathan Lyman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
If you get the ATi 5770 I recommend the HIS one, it is pre-overclocked from 850mhz to 875mhz core and has overclocked memory to 5ghz (effective)
I'm seriously considering the HIS one. I noticed the higher clock.
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18 Dec 2010   #17
Fluffy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jelyman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
If you get the ATi 5770 I recommend the HIS one, it is pre-overclocked from 850mhz to 875mhz core and has overclocked memory to 5ghz (effective)
I'm seriously considering the HIS one. I noticed the higher clock.
The cooling is amazing also, mine never goes higher than 50C under max load. It idles at 41C on 35% fan speed.
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18 Dec 2010   #18
Johnathan Lyman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jelyman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
If you get the ATi 5770 I recommend the HIS one, it is pre-overclocked from 850mhz to 875mhz core and has overclocked memory to 5ghz (effective)
I'm seriously considering the HIS one. I noticed the higher clock.
The cooling is amazing also, mine never goes higher than 50C under max load. It idles at 41C on 35% fan speed.
That's good. I'll finally be able to hook up my HDTV to my PC via a LOGICAL connection (instead of VGA) and pipe all my /obtained/ high def movies!

I'll be sure to post up pics when it's all said and done!
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18 Dec 2010   #19
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

New Egg has a 5830 at $170 rebate puts it under budget....(I hate rebates)
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18 Dec 2010   #20
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

HD 5830 for $170 is not a good deal. You can get a GTX 460 for that price which is better IMO.

@ Fluffy

I run my XFX HD 5770 @ 1Ghz Core and 5.2Ghz Memory Effective. My highest achieved was 1.05Ghz Core and 5.4Ghz Memory Effective. Keep in mind though I have a Thermalright HR-03 Rev. A Cooler mounted with 120mm quiet fan blowing on it and memory ramsinks. But it's about to be sold and replaced with a MSI GTX 460 HAWK.

@ jelyman

If you're interested I still have my XFX HD 5770 for grabs, like I said it comes with: Thermalright HR-03 Rev. A Cooler with Ramsinks (properly mounted with Arctic Cooling MX-3 Thermal Paste) : http://media.photobucket.com/image/h..._HR_03RevA.jpg
Scythe 120mm Quiet PWM Fan (taken from Mugen 2) - Auto speed PWM and can be manually controlled via Catalyst Control Center (65 degrees Furmark, 20 dBa Silent)

My card is pre-overclocked @ 1Ghz Core and 1300Mhz/5.2Ghz Memory Effective via BIOS (no software needed, always stays). And can be further overclocked with OverDrive via Catalyst Control Center (1050 Core Max and 1350 Memory Max Values, capped by me via BIOS). I've had the card for 6 months and still have box, manuals, original cooler and the original BIOS backup (Lifetime Warranty with XFX not been registered).

Let me now via PM if you're interested,

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