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I'm currently running a 5770 stock. I'm looking to upgrade my GPU with the rest of my system. I have an adequate power supply for every card. The question is, what's the best bang for my buck?

5850 - $150

6870 - $170

5870 - $200

GTX 560 - $200.

What's the best bang for my buck? I know all these cards will have a significant performance increase from my 5770. I'd also like this card to be able to last me for some time - so if the 58xx series is a little too outdated, i'm fine with accepting that, but it seems to still have a lot of life left in it. I'd also be willing to overclock.

Also, crossfiring my 5770 is out of the question.
post #2 of 11
Depend's on what upgrades you're doing to the rest of your system. Assuming you get a better cpu, psu & motherboard, I'd try to spend the extra bit for a 6950. I just ordered one tonight, and as you see moving onto that from a 5770.

Ofcourse don't if you're gonna be on that dual core.
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What kind of games/ what resolution will you be playing at?
 
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post #4 of 11
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Ah, I should add more details:

Going to upgrade to either an AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE or a Core i3 2100. I'm waiting a few weeks to see what happens to prices - esp for AMD mobos - when bulldozer is announced officially.

I play almost every new game released. I play mainly starcraft II though. I would like to be able to play most, if not all games. My monitor is 1920x1080.
post #5 of 11
I would say for the money the 6870 would be good iv seen a 6850 running and it pisses all over my 5770 so i'm guessing the 6870 would be better then the 5770 & 6850 and for the price thats not bad.
    
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post #6 of 11
I agree. The 6870 seems like the best option there. You should have no probs OCing it to beyond 5870 performance. thumb.gif
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post #7 of 11
The best bang for the buck out of those cards is the 5850.
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post #8 of 11
As the previous guy said, you should look to upgrade your other parts first. The 5770 is a decent card so I would spend money on the other parts first.

As for which card, I upgrade from 5770 to 6870 as well. Its night and day, as before I couldn't max out on some games, now I am able to play games at max settings. Well worth the upgrade IMO.

6870 is pretty much the same as 5870, but the 5870 is slightly faster testing purpose, but from all the reviews I have read, you won't see much difference in real life purpose such as gaming and everyday processes. So I went with the 6870 and saved myself some money that can go towards better ram / SSD. Or in your case take that $30 and put it towards your cpu and get the i5-2500k. The AMD you suggested runs hot and is older generation. If you going to buy the i3-2100, why not save up a little more and get the i5-2500k.
Edited by mcc21 - 5/23/11 at 12:37pm
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post #9 of 11
For SC2, I would recommend a good CPU. Any one of those GPUs can play that game easy, it's just that when there is a lot of "people" it puts quite a load on the CPU. Any of those GPUs will play new games just fine @ 1920x1080. 6870 go for it.
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post #10 of 11
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Thanks guys. I'm going to wait for the 7xxx series and jump on an i5 2500k and a z68 mobo. It's such a meaty processor that it should last me about 3 years, while i'll probably need a new gfx card next year.
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