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Windows 7: Need your opinion on video card upgrades

11 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Need your opinion on video card upgrades

Hello guys!

Right now, I'm running a slightly dead Nvidia 8800GT, (the nvdlr driver has failed and restarted message)

Looking at upgrades, I've been considering the Radeon HD 5770

( - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD- - HD577AZNFC In Canada.)

and me being not so tech savy, I'd like some second opinions. I'm not looking to spend more then 400$ CAD however, so if you can recommend me something on - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection. that falls within my budget, even better.

I'm on Win7 Pro 64x Intel Q6600 @ 2.40Ghz , I have a 650w power supply, 22inch monitor running at 1680x1050 and I primarily game.

I'd appreciate any advice and input from you guys on this.


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11 Mar 2010   #2

windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

My quess is that its a good card for the money your willing to spend, i`m setting up an new rig and i`m going for the exact same card.

reviews om the net are good, benchmarks also.

if your buying the card for gaming, you can get a good 2 to 3 years of fun out of it (until the new game`s start using more an more, and you have to buy a new card just to keep up with the specs needed)
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11 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Exactly my thoughts as well. However... I've spent all my pc time getting used to Nvidia's way of doing things.. updates, the control panel, card settings... I'd like to stick to something nvidia made however I'm also worried that I'll get the same "your driver has failed and recovered" message that plagues me with every game I play.

Any other opinions?
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11 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit

hm..... its not hard to get used to the ccc, and the 5770 is a really good card... but if you do want to try nvidia again try something like the gtx 260 if its in your budget
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11 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

I like the advise given there pizzman.

It's really good to see that there was no fanboism in your remarks, kudos.

We all tend to favour the blend we have at the time anyhow.

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11 Mar 2010   #6

windows 7 home premium

looking at or with a 400 dollar budget you have a lot of play room. the highest 5770 was 204 at for your budget you could look at the 5850 range of cards.
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11 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You should be fine with either NVidia or ATI (I myself prefer and use NVidia). If in doubt, match the card with your motherboard chipset. For an NVidia chipset, use an NVidia card. Likewise with an AMD chipset, use an ATI card. If your motherboard has neither of these chipsets then you can use either make. The theory being that if the motherboard chipset comes from the same manufacturer as the GPU, then there will be less chance of the drivers not cooperating with each other.
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11 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

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11 Mar 2010   #9

windows 7 Home Prem x64

im running the evga 285gtx 1gig card and it rocks, i play all my games on the highest possible settings and my fps are excellent, it also overclocks like crazy but imo you really dont need to, ive always gone for nvidia cards in the past but ive been hearing & reading some very nice reviews on the latest ati cards though?
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11 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

650w power supply isnt enough?
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