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This card to be exact: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/197008

As my second 4770 has died and I'm RMA'ing the card, I wont be getting a 4770 back, since they dont make them any more I wont be able to do any crossfire stuff. Also this seems like a decent time to do an upgrade to the new Gen of cards.

I'd prefer a MSI 5830 Twin Frozr II but I cant find any instock or under £200.

Looking at the reviews for the cards they look alright for the £180 cost and the PCS what looks like a nice cooler.

Anyone got any experience with these cards? Also, of all the 5830's around which brand would you buy?

For a budget of around £170-180 are there any other alternatives?

Thanks.
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Did you consider Crossfire of 5770? They scale pretty good. Here is a link to a review of them. http://www.overclock.net/ati/591045-...ng-5770-a.html
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Did you consider Crossfire of 5770? They scale pretty good. Here is a link to a review of them. http://www.overclock.net/ati/591045-...ng-5770-a.html
I have and 5770 crossfire is great but just too much money for me. It would come to around £250-£300. I have £180 to spend. I was looking at an MSI 5770 HAWK which has a nice cooler but for £13 more I could get a Sapphire 5830 which beats the 5770 decently.
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I have and 5770 crossfire is great but just too much money for me. It would come to around £250-£300. I have £180 to spend. I was looking at an MSI 5770 HAWK which has a nice cooler but for £13 more I could get a Sapphire 5830 which beats the 5770 decently.
not once you jack up the AA and AAF

the 5830 has the same amount of ROP's as the 5770. Once you jack up AA and AAF as well as resolution th performance will only offer a little bit over the 5770. I highly recomend eithe saving a bit more for 2x 5770 to get 5870 performance or get a 5850 and OC it to 5870 speeds

just my
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Ok. So you have the 180 with selling the old cards or without? You can always go for single 5770 and than buy another one in a month or so. I still think that the 5770 is better than 5830.
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I think 5770 crossfire too, the price point on the 5830 is a bit high for what it is
    
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Ok. So you have the 180 with selling the old cards or without? You can always go for single 5770 and than buy another one in a month or so. I still think that the 5770 is better than 5830.
I have 180 with the other one sold. So £180 is my limit. I'd prefer a single card if possible and I don't know if my power supply will live long with two 5770's.

Technically and in every way the 5830 is better than the 5770 unless your talking about price Vs performance.

I'd love a second hand 5850 for that sort of price.
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Found a Sapphire 5830 for £163, Probabley what I will pick up unless I get any offers for a second hand 5830 or 5850.
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I have the sapphire and it's got a really nice fan on it. Keeps mine at 1000/1200 under 60. You're better off getting the cheap 5830, replacing your PSU at some point and picking up another one for cheap and crossfire those.

Since your budget is for a single card, I wouldn't look at anything less then the 5830 which comes in under budget.
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