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Hey everyone, well I first put together my computer less than a year ago to strictly play SC2 and it's served me well for that game but recently I got back into WoW am wondering if I should upgrade my video card. The game is playable on ultra settings for me (1920 x 1080) but I do lag in some busy places and I notice the environment detail is poor even on ultra (e.g. monsters and buildings pop up suddenly as I approach them).

As I do have a 5770 which was a midrange card when it came out, is it worth it to upgrade to the current generation's midrange card, the 5850? Will I see significant improvement in fps and the environment detail? And is my PSU sufficient to handle the 5850? I had even looked at the GTX 570, but I believe that requires a minimum 500W+ psu.
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post #2 of 37
Depends on how much you have to pay for a 5850. It is last generation tech now. I'd think you would be better off just getting a 2nd 5770. Or upgrading to 6950.
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post #3 of 37
If you pay full price for it, then i don't think its worth it. Try getting something better like a 6950 as stated above, and then try to unlock it to a 6970
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post #4 of 37
I don't think the "upgrade" is worth it.
Save up for a newer card.
The 5770 can still hack away at today's games at decent resolutions.
Also, if you were to upgrade, I say you also upgrade your PSU.
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Ok, so clearly I've been out of the loop in terms of recent computer hardware lol.

The 6950 seems tempting at $300, but I'm quite certain my power supply doesn't have enough juice am I right? Here is my PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-008-_-Product
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Hmm i wouldn't feel safe running it on that.. You should get a 600w+ psu, mines 600 and i have 2 crossfire 5770's running perfect
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umm no...400W wont run a 69xx series card i dont believe
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Ok, so clearly I've been out of the loop in terms of recent computer hardware lol.

The 6950 seems tempting at $300, but I'm quite certain my power supply doesn't have enough juice am I right? Here is my PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-008-_-Product
You need at the very least a 500 watt PSU.
    
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umm no...400W wont run a 69xx series card i dont believe
Not with an i5 along for the ride.
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post #10 of 37
Another 5770 and upgrade PSU is my choice.
Or 6850 on budget or 6950/6970 if budget permits.
    
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