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post #1 of 13
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I have this card and plan to upgrade to a newer card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 XFX HD-577A-ZNFC(Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 video card
I was looking at the one listed below is this a good card compared to what I got?

SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938
post #2 of 13
That's basically a rebrand. It might be more efficient, but only by a little bit.
What's your price range?

EDIT: Didn't think of this until now, but the 7770 is only about $15 more than that 6770 and it looks to be more of an upgrade. I would personally try to buy like a 7850 or a 7870 (7870 overclocked can get be more powerful than a GTX 580 stock), but if you can't then the 7770 still looks to be good.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=538
Edited by Samurai Batgirl - 4/11/12 at 7:53pm
 
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Personally If I was you I would get a 6850.
They are the best bang for buck. You can still find them around the $100USD mark on specials. Which makes them cheaper then a 7770 and they are also quite a bit more powerful in most cases.

Just it will use more power and put out more heat.
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Personally If I was you I would get a 6850.
They are the best bang for buck. You can still find them around the $100USD mark on specials. Which makes them cheaper then a 7770 and they are also quite a bit more powerful in most cases.

Just it will use more power and put out more heat.

This is also an excellent option that I didn't even consider (because I'm a derp).
 
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post #5 of 13
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I just priced this card:
Sapphire HD 6790 1GB GDDR5 DL DVI-I+HDMI+SL DVI-D+DP PCIe (RL)
I can buy this card for $146 + tax and I will be buying this card after I buy the new hard drive:
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64M 7200PRM 3.5" HD
post #6 of 13
Dont get a 6790. They are the rejected 6850's that have something damaged in the core.
They are only slightly better then a 6770 but use way more power, put out more heat and only exist as a way to dump the broken Barts core chips.

Get a 6850 or if you cant afford it a 6770.
Just be aware that a 6770 will be a down grade from a 5770.
post #7 of 13
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OK maybe I will buy this card it's $11 cheaper
Sapphire HD 6770 FLEX EDITION 1GB GDDR5 DL DVI-I+HDMI+SL DVI D+DP PCIe (RL)
I love the card I have now but I want a newer one cause this card is going into my spare computer build.
post #8 of 13
I would still seriously suggest getting a 6850 over a 6770 if your at all looking to play games on it. Even if it means saving up for another week or two.
Also if the 1TB is only for backing up things too, You can normally find the green versions for a few bucks cheaper and they run a bit cooler with less vibration.
post #9 of 13
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The black hard drive is for Windows 7 boot the 2TB hard drive is way too slow so I'm upgrading to a faster hard drive.
Sapphire HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 DL DVI-I+HDMI+SL DVI-D+DP PCIe (RL)#11180-00-20R $167.00 I could buy this card since it's not much more
Also I don't play any games yet I'm still spending all my money to get this computer done lol
post #10 of 13
Personally id never use over 200GB for a OS drive.
But then Im using a 60GB SSD which IMO is the best upgrade iv ever got for my PC. Every time I turn my PC on it blows me away how fast windows loads. Its so fast I dont even see the loading screen just the POST then black screen for 1 sec and im in windows. Same with opening programs, They open instantly unless they have a splash screen.
But the best thing has to be the load times for BF3. Went from 25-30secs on 2X Raid 0 raptor drives to around 10secs. Would hate to see load times on a normal HDD for that game.

The only down side would have to be that I can only fit all my programs and 2 of my mostly played games on it with 6GB to spare. The rest of my games are installed to my old raid 0 raptors. Then every thing backed up to 2X 1TB green drives.
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