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post #21 of 33
Upgrade the mobo and RAM first.
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post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by Robert_J View Post
I think the GTX460 was made as a competitor with the 5770. So really I think that would be a sidegrade rather than an upgrade lol although you might see a slight increase I dont think it would be worth it.

If you move your budget to ~$200 you could opt for a 6870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...on%20HD%206870

if not you could grab a 5850 for around $170 no problem, which may acutally be the better option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...on%20HD%205850

Good Luck!
GTX 460 and HD6850 are competitors if you take a look at benchmarks.
    
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post #23 of 33
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This is the perfect time to Crossfire that 5770 you have. Get another one and watch your scores go up dramatically. My Two 5770's beat my Son's 4870 X 2 in benchmarks and use half the electricity. .. Youre CPU is not the Greatest but its good. 4 Gigs of ram is good but two more gigs would be better but the best bang for your buck would be to crossfire those 5770s.



http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...0-review-test/
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post #24 of 33
crossfire that 5770 or get a single GPU solution that's around the GTX 460/HD5850 comparison..
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post #25 of 33
You can try and grab one of the 5870 deals around. Would be around that range.
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Originally Posted by Enigma8750 View Post
This is the perfect time to Crossfire that 5770 you have.
I would, only that ATi is pretty non-existent when it comes to utilizing the cards for other than multi-screen gaming and workstations. I have no idea why, but everything they said they were going to do with utilizing the card for rendering and workstation use hasn't even come into fruition yet. And this was when I got the 5770 new. AVIVO flat out sucks. At least from my experience and usage.

I kind of want to keep it as a single-card solution for now. I got burnt on the 5770 when I got it, thinking they were going to keep their end of the bargain. I can get a different, faster single card for now and cut my losses with the 5770. I'm glad the OpenGL at least works with Adobe's Creative Suite or I would be very angry. Trying to find a driver that didn't break OpenGL in it was a whole 'nother can of worms.


... Or should I just get a new motherboard and RAM as spaceballsrules, stated? I'm sure I might be able to squeeze some more overclocking out of this CPU if I got a motherboard with a decent enough BIOS to overclock with.

Found these two for only $112 with tax and shipping. Would that price warrant a decent boost for the purchase?
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post #27 of 33
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Bah! Some of you probably saw that awesome motherboard and hopped on it — it's not available anymore, lol.

So yeah, still waiting on some feedback, guys. I already missed out on that awesome motherboard.

To my knowledge, some MSI, ASUS and ASRock (870 chips and up) motherboards will be Bulldozer compatible with a BIOS update. So seeing how I may upgrade to that one day, would it be better to consider getting a motherboard/memory combo right now to get that out of the way first?
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post #28 of 33
Remember you can sell your old GPU and add the funds to that, towards your new gpu budget...
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post #29 of 33
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Depends on what route I take. Everyone is telling me a lot of things, but I haven't really got a solid idea of what to do, lol.
  1. If I go for a new motherboard and RAM, then I have to keep the CPU and 5770. But this does open up more upgrade options for me when the time comes later. Some suggest to get a AM3+ motherboard for Bulldozer, just in case. With the new motherboard and ram, I have more options to overclock current CPU as well.

  2. Get a new GPU and sell/hand-off 5770 to brother/homeless guy. (I do not want to SLi—not now anyways.)

  3. Get a new/faster CPU. (Kind of expensive right now.) Then I have to keep the current motherboard and DDR2 ram and 5770.
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post #30 of 33
i'd go with a new monitor but otherwise a new gpu possibly a 5850 or yah bump it up to 6870
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