Buying a new video card, but.....

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geop0p3
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Well I'm going to buy the Ati Radeon HD 5870 Sapphire brand video card, but I want to know if my system is ready for that... My setup right now is: Thermaltake 700w PS AMD Phenom 4x 2.2ghz (not sure of speed can't remember) CPU 3gb Ram 1024ghz each Asus M3A32 MVP Deluxe Edition/Wifi Do you guys recommend me to upgrade my whole system or just some parts? Maybe recommend me another video card? Thank you for you support.

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Your PSU is beefy enough to handle a 5870 but I would recommend the GTX 460 instead unless you're planning on CFing later on.

Also I would get another 1GB of RAM assuming you're running a 64bit OS.

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totally agree, unless your only gaming with your pc, nvidia cards are the way to go. firstly, cuda makes you run photoshop and other cuda applications quicker and smoother. also the 400 series is more future proof as tesselation is done more efficiently on the gtx 400 series. i personaly own a gtx 480 and it is not loud at all and not any hotter than my notebook graphics. rumours can be dismissed.

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well i looked at the 470 and it looks pretty awesome but...
isn't the 5870 faster and cheaper....??

I want the best performance out of a 400dlls budget....
and which brand do you recommend me to get the 470...??

ps... i don't use photoshop, just gaming.
please help
thanks ;)

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I wouldn't recommend at other 400 series card atm except for the GTX 460 since it's the only card NVIDIA manufactured containing the GF104 chip. The other cards with the GF100 chips run much hotter and consume more power. You could get a GTX 460 and OC it to get the same preformance as a GTX 470 or potentially higher.

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well i was thinking of the 5870 since it runs great out of the box, and i really don't know how to overclock and it seems quite risky for me...

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The 5870 is a very powerful video card. There's no need to overclock it.

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geop0p3
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well yeah but they are talking about the 460 nvidia card.

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The GTX 460 is better bang for the buck. And don't be afraid of OCing it. It's much easier to do than OCing the CPU or RAM because it can be done in the OS using software. All you do is increase the clock speeds incrementally and stress test until you find the sweet spot.

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They are only offering you the GTX 460 so you can save on money and simply overclock it.

But you are like me, I simply use my stuff out of the box. It most cases overclocking does hinder warranty.
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Well its all about money..
I woud update the GPU and CPU (and a nice CPU Cooler)
Your PSU is enough to handle this setup..

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M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP specs:
http://usa.asus.com/Product.aspx?P_ID=KC8yHOfBMCe9SlrP

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geop0p3 wrote:well i was thinking of the 5870 since it runs great out of the box, and i really don't know how to overclock and it seems quite risky for me...

Radeon HD 5850 would be more than enough for ur rig. I use 2 HD5770 in CF and is still overkill for 23inch display got the pair for $250($125 each) on newegg. I would spend ur spare change on a veloci-raptor or ssd. FPS should match ur refresh rate of the monitor so a 60hz monitor is only capable of 60fps. U can go over but then image distortion occurs triple buffering can reduce this.

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cvasquez
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Which card seems to be the king of video cards today?

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The asus ares, but it is like 1300 dollars.

take a look,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121388&Tpk=asus%20ares

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Actually the Sapphire HD 5970 Black outperforms for Ares for half the price.

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Is this true?
Still though the Sapphire card is around $679.
Sick card with Sick price tag.