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I'm in the market for a new video card, obviously.

But in my computer right now I have a, Radeon HD 5450 512MB Card.
It's fine and dandy for what I need right now, but the future is the concern.
If you are familiar with a Battlefield 2 Modification called Project Reality you know that they are releasing the Arma2 version of PR soon. I currently have ARMA2 and the expansion Operation Arrowhead. I can run it, yes, but PR is known for highly detailed models and maps that push limits on a games engine. I know that my card won't handle it as well as I want. Furthermore I want to play ARMA2 before it is released because I want to appreciate the game before I don't play it.

Now. I'm not to picky on brands, Nvidia is good, ATI is good as well.
A Radeon 5770 is recommended by BIS.
And the GTX 260 for Nvidia.

Can I get Pro's and Con's of both cards.
And may I request the specs of both cards?
Useful information is always welcome

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 6
go with the 5770. It has a significant edge at higher resolutions and supports dx11. The 5770 will last you longer.

Here's a review:
http://www.techspot.com/review/209-a...770/page5.html
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5770:

Pros: Runs cool, uses little power, can play any game on high settings; DX11
Cons: Not much gains in performance when over clocked; chokes at high resolutions due to its narrow 128-bit bus.

GTX 260:

Pros: Can run any game on high settings; can tri-SLi; supports Physx
Cons: Uses lots of power for a small performance gains over the 5770; hot
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post #4 of 6
Since you're using a CRT monitor, a GTS 450 or the 5770 for about $110 on newegg will do you very nicely. The GTX 260 is an old card, not really any worth in getting that.
You might be able to play it just fine on your current card if you just keep the resolution down and overclock it.
Edited by rx7i2 - 1/11/11 at 6:56pm
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--260 performs about 15% stronger than 5770.
http://www.hkepc.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=1352120
(ignore the language, just look at the numbers and graphs)
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...0-review-test/

--5770 has DX11 while 260 has not

--260 uses more power than 5770 and your current 300W is too weak for either one (suggest a good quality 400W PSU at least)

What resolution do you use for your CRT?
And, I suggest you do a little CPU overclocking, especially when you upgrade to a new more powerful card.
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Uhh my resolution for this CRT with my card right now is 1280x1024 at 75Htz.
Correct or no?
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