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A 6850 would also be an option but will be a little bit more expensive.
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Even if you were to overclock, the 430W Earthwatts would be enough.
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Another question, will my cpu bottleneck that gpu? vice versa?
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The 5770 is perfect for your resolution, overkill for games more than a year old. It will run modern games perfectly, and will work on your PSU easily which is the main concern for your situation.

As far as your determination to not overclock your system, I highly recommend you at the very least overclock your Northbridge by a few hundred mhz - it's a very easy process, and makes quite honestly the greatest difference to gaming performance out of all overclocking on AM3 systems. The northbridge holds the L3 cache and Memory Controller - you WILL notice large performance gains in your minimum frame rates (the ones that truly count) and might even help your 2gb of system RAM tide over till an upgrade.

I cannot stress this enough - overclock your CPU-NB if NOTHING else. Honestly, on the stock cooler you should get a 400mhz overclock on both your CPU and NB without any effort or danger whatsoever.

Anyways, good luck with your purchase.
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post #16 of 32
Toms Hardware has a monthly article on the best graphics card for the money, I'd check that out.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rade,2803.html

Also, Craigslist is an awesome resource to get graphics cards for great prices. Many brands have lifetime warranties so you're ensured you will get a good buy.
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Originally Posted by willibj View Post
The 5770 is perfect for your resolution, overkill for games more than a year old. It will run modern games perfectly, and will work on your PSU easily which is the main concern for your situation.

As far as your determination to not overclock your system, I highly recommend you at the very least overclock your Northbridge by a few hundred mhz - it's a very easy process, and makes quite honestly the greatest difference to gaming performance out of all overclocking on AM3 systems. The northbridge holds the L3 cache and Memory Controller - you WILL notice large performance gains in your minimum frame rates (the ones that truly count) and might even help your 2gb of system RAM tide over till an upgrade.

I cannot stress this enough - overclock your CPU-NB if NOTHING else. Honestly, on the stock cooler you should get a 400mhz overclock on both your CPU and NB without any effort or danger whatsoever.

Anyways, good luck with your purchase.
Will do. Harder to overclock my cpu cause it's not black edition and I guess I'll overclock the NB since overclocking is what this forum is all about.

Is XFX reputable? HIS has the cheapest 5770 but not sure if it's high quality.
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Will do. Harder to overclock my cpu cause it's not black edition and I guess I'll overclock the NB since overclocking is what this forum is all about.

Is XFX reputable? HIS has the cheapest 5770 but not sure if it's high quality.
HIS is actually among the quality AMD/ATi manufacturers (such as Sapphire). XFX is too, but XFX is not quite as exclusive to AMD/ATi as HIS is. But if I were to strictly go by what I've seen here on OCN, then I would go with HIS or Sapphire for AMD/ATi. I've actually also seen good things said about PowerColor. But I'm left with the impression that the best might be Sapphire and HIS.
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post #19 of 32
Wouldn't this DRM only be effective if the CPU was decoding the video? With all the GPU decoding being implemented now, wouldn't this be irrelevant? Or at least there would be an OS switch somewhere that would disable it?

EDIT: I don't know how this ended up in this thread...
Edited by IrDewey - 1/6/11 at 1:01pm
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HIS is actually among the quality AMD/ATi manufacturers (such as Sapphire). XFX is too, but XFX is not quite as exclusive to AMD/ATi as HIS is. But if I were to strictly go by what I've seen here on OCN, then I would go with HIS or Sapphire for AMD/ATi. I've actually also seen good things said about PowerColor. But I'm left with the impression that the best might be Sapphire and HIS.
Does HIS or Sapphire have like, unique bonuses like double lifetime guarantee or a longer guarantee?
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