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Can I Get Away With A 5770?

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Hello Guys,

I'm putting together my first build and I'm in need of a graphics card. The specs for my build are in my sig. I'm on a bit of a budget($150 max). I've been looking at this XFX 5770 card here --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150447

Probably the most intensive games that I'll be playing are BF3, BioShock Infinite, and Skyrim. I don't need to run these games on max settings but mid to high would be nice. So my question is, will the 5770 be enough or do I need a faster card. I'm not opposed to getting an Nvidia card but from what I've seen, the ATi cards use a bit less power.

Thanks for your input,

Nick
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That depends on your monitor size for this guy. A res of 1280x1024 or 1440x900 should do just fine and play it at high setting's with playable framerates (30+fps). If your monitor I see in the sig is correct, then it should play at mid-high setting's fine.

You can find much better than a 5770 for 140. If I were you, i'd consider buying a used GPU. The OCN marketplace is a great place to find an item and there all trustworthy. At your price consider trying to find a GTX 460 or a Radeon HD 6850.

If your concerned about using to much power up, use this Power supply calculator to see if you can. http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp Just remember to read the bottom and take Capacitor aging into account.

At your budget, you wont find any GPU's that will make you use up more than 550watts.
Edited by brobanmanx2 - 7/20/11 at 11:09am
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5770 would do alright, but thats last gen card. In the $150 range you could do better, like a 460, 6870 maybe?

Amazon has a 6950 for $170, check the online deals section.

Yep if you are open to used or Open Box deals, you can get a lot of bang for buck, although some risk involved with OB.
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eh it may be playable but id save for a new card :/. Like a 6870/6950. Or you could wait till the games come out and see how 5770 handles it.
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Thanks for the replys. I guess I'll look for an open box deal or get a used card on the OCN market place. These two cards are slightly over my budget but that's not a big deal. Which of the two would you guys recommend?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161348

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130565
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Given your 1680x1050 monitor, you'll probably be okay on medium settings.

However, if you're going to get a 5770 from newegg, I'd suggest picking up one of the 6770s. You can get the same [rebranded] card from a more reputable manufacturer for $10 less.

re: 6850 vs 460, there's a comparison with overclocks here. Obviously ymmv with overclocks taken into account, but the 460 had the edge in most of the tests.
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