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Video card upgrade: which one to choose from this list? help

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Anusha, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Anusha

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    Hi,

    Jan 31st is my birthday and I am thinking of treating me right by upgrading the video card. (Nothing else it worth upgrading tbh!)

    However I dunno whether this is the right time to get one, because the new cards were just released and the prices might drop in a couple of months.

    I currently have a HD5770, a 550W PSU with 22A each on +12V (which says it can deliver 485W from +12V) and the other specs listed in the System Specs.

    these are my options. not saying a specific brand, but these seem to be the reference design and the cheapest i can find online. (i live in japan)

    玄人志向 HD5850 JPY11600 ($138): this is a local Japanese brand, the same brand as my 5770. and this is overclocked as well. 760/4200
    Sapphire HD5870 JPY16980 ($202)
    Sapphire or Gigabyte HD6870 JPY18800 ($223)
    Gigabyte GTX480 JPY22400 ($266)
    HIS HD6950 JPY27800 ($331)
    Sapphire HD6970 JPY33900 ($403)
    玄人志向 GTX560 JPY26800 ($319): this is a local Japanese brand, the same brand as my 5770
    Palit GTX570 JPY33430 ($398)

    what would u suggest i buy? it seems the PSU can handle all of them in a single GPU setup. maybe i can put a couple of HD5850's in there, but doubt it. (mobo supports only CF btw)

    and i hate noise! i want something that i can't hear. the 5770 fan, even at the lowest speed, is the loudest fan in my PC. :(

    i am hoping the sell the 5770 later, but not anytime soon.

    p.s.
    the 5850 seems to be a killer deal, but how long before it gets outdated? i game at 1080p. also, i'd not wanna upgrade the PSU because it is an added cost.

    p.p.s
    i don't really have a NEED for an upgrade. it is just the upgrade itch, but i dun wanna spend an unnecessary amount of money.
     
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  2. BarbaricSoul

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    Happy Birthday, now let me read your post fully and I'll give you my advice.
     
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    How much does each card your looking at cost?
     
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    That figure with JPY is the price. JPY = Japanese Yen

    I also posted the prices in USD to get an idea.
     
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    I'd say a HD5870 or HD5850 would probably make the best upgrade for the price :toast:
     
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    You mentioned fan speed and noise, whichever one you get take a look into getting an Accelero Xtreme Plus.
    http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/detail?sArticle=18.?

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    If can get them cheap enough, best upgrade for price would just be a 2nd 5770 + 2 AXP's. Remember 2x 5770's = ~5850/GTX460
     
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    I agree. And to add to that, the 5850 is able to be OC'ed to 5870 speeds and perform on par with the 5870. With that in mind, I suggest the 5850 with it's considerably lower price compared to the other cards mentioned.

    Here's a chart to show how each card performs compared to the others.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Funny thing is, a 5770 is pretty much the same price as the 5850. i was waiting waiting and waiting for the 5770 prices to fall. when 5770 prices fell by like JPY4000, 5850 prices fell by a massive JPY18000+. 5850 was more than twice as expensive than the 5770 i bought, which was the cheapest one i could find those days.
     
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    Yuck! Get the 5850, then sell your current 5770 to someone that you know locally. Let the market work to your favor.
     
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    At about $76 apiece for the AXP(price listed the link JR posted), and the cost of the 5770, he can get a 5850 for less money and sell the 5770 he already has, making the 5850 even less expensive.
     
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    Maybe sell the HD5770, get a pair of HD5850s & a new PSU?
     
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    out of those which one has the best warranty in Japan?
     
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    he already said he really doesn't need to upgrade, he just has the "itch". Doesn't sound to me like he really needs to upgrade that much.
     
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    a high quality PSU would cost a fortune. :(
     
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    i have no friggin idea about that! i usually don't look at the warranty when i buy stuff. i am yet to claim warranty for any part. i don't even know the process. i am not a Japanese and these people don't understand English! lol
     
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    XFX has double life-time warranties on thier video cards. I don't think it matters what country you are in.
     
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    what does double life time mean? :eek:
     
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    You get a warranty the entire time you have the card and so does the person you sell it to (if you do).
     
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    oh great.

    one more question though. would a 5850 be able to handle Crysis 2 with max settings (dun want crazy AAs though)? that is the game i wanna play. what do you think? should i wait till it is released to make the purchase. like i said, i really dun have to upgrade, just want a nice birthday present. :)
     
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    Unfortunately, I have a feeling you better wait then.
     
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    sigh.

    i bet the prices will fall too by then and better driver support for HD6000 series cards as well. i don't see geforce 500 series getting any big boosts from drivers because it is the same thing as 400.
     
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    I might be wrong, but I'm willing to bet crysis 2 wont be as hardware power hungry as crysis was. It is being ported to the ps3 and xbox.
     
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    can you say it will be less demanding because it is being ported to other platforms? they can just use "cheaper" textures and less eye-candy in consoles, right? i believe Crytek prefers PC as THE platform.

    ok, this is not going anywhere. it is not about crysis. it is about my birthday present. damn i never thought it would be this hard to choose something for myself!
     
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    But in the same aspect it could be poorly coded needing much more powerful hardware.
     
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    I would assume Crytek would have learned with crysis, but we all know what you open yourself up to when you assume something.
     
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