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Hello all,

So, the SimCity Beta tells me that my video card is, well, old... LOL... See the desktop in my signature, I've got an ATI 5770 1Gb.

What would be a good upgrade? ATI or nVidia. I've got MAX $150 ($CAN) to put on a video card.

Thanks!

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I had a 5770 recently as well. I got a Radeon HD6870 for around $150 (usd) as well as free games and after a $30 MIR.

This what I got: [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150561[/url]

This is the corresponding card in CA: [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561"]http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814150561[/url]

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The [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161426"]7850[/url] is better.

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Going with newegg.ca's current prices:
- [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402"]HD 7770[/url] (130$)
- [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838"]GTX 650 Ti[/url] (150$)
- [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161427"]HD 7750[/url] (105$)
- [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500272"]GTX 650[/url] (120$)

^The above HD 7850 is a good deal if you can stretch your budget a bit.

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Actually, Luc2k, that is worse than the 6870.

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[quote name='Mindovermaster' timestamp='1359216866' post='595481124']
Actually, Luc2k, that is worse than the 6870.
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Not according to [url="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/27.html"]TechPowerUp's review[/url]. (I use their latest review for updated drivers)

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[quote name='Mindovermaster' timestamp='1359216866' post='595481124']
Actually, Luc2k, that is worse than the 6870.
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Not according to what I've seen.

[url="http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=540"]http://www.anandtech...duct/549?vs=540[/url]

Those aren't real world tests, but the 7850 leads in every category while using less power. That is the 2GB and is more costly, though.

I just bought a 7770 to replace my 4850. I think I only paid $119 or $129USD for that from Newegg.

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I would get the XFX 7850 [url="http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&vpn=FX-785A-ZNL4&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1270"]http://www.ncix.com/...FX&promoid=1270[/url]
it's $139 after MIR, $160 before MIR.

Also i would stay away from newegg in Canada, since they don't got as many sales going on as ncix.com

Edit: I just came across XFX HD7770 for $99 after MIR http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68526&vpn=FX777AZDF4&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1270

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So, I decided to stretch my budget and got a Powercolor HD7870 2GB for $199 on NCIX.CA

That's going to be a good upgrade! More than double de performance from all the benchmark I've seen.

Now, just have to wait.

Thanks all!!! :D

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[quote name='Luc2k' timestamp='1359216680' post='595481118']
The [url="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161426"]7850[/url] is better.
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Agreed - the HD7850 IS better (and the 2 GB model is better than the 1 GB model, especially considering the abysmally-small spread between the two price-wise).

Newegg.com/Newegg.ca has nineteen HD7850 2 GB cards in stock (the PowerColor model at the bottom of the page when sorted in low-to-high price order is out of stock) - the *highest-priced* model is all of (US dollars) $229.95 (and is one of the few that require two 6-pin PCI-E power plugs; most require just one, despite the 256-bit memory bus and 2 GB GDDR5 RAM loadout and - in some cases - even with a factory/AIB overclock).

Here are all nineteen in price order: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600100181%20600286767%20600298542%20600007782&IsNodeId=1&name=2GB

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[quote name='TruckWEB' timestamp='1359290519' post='595482742']
Powercolor
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Urgh, worst choice in manufacturer.

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I'm also going to upgrade from a 5770 1GB, I could get the 7850 right now but maybe it'll be best to wait for the new 8000 series. Anyone know when those are expected to hit the market?

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[quote name='PGHammer' timestamp='1359548131' post='595489674']
Agreed - the HD7850 IS better (and the 2 GB model is better than the 1 GB model, especially considering the abysmally-small spread between the two price-wise).

Newegg.com/Newegg.ca has nineteen HD7850 2 GB cards in stock (the PowerColor model at the bottom of the page when sorted in low-to-high price order is out of stock) - the *highest-priced* model is all of (US dollars) $229.95 (and is one of the few that require two 6-pin PCI-E power plugs; most require just one, despite the 256-bit memory bus and 2 GB GDDR5 RAM loadout and - in some cases - even with a factory/AIB overclock).

Here are all nineteen in price order: [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600100181%20600286767%20600298542%20600007782&IsNodeId=1&name=2GB"]http://www.newegg.co...deId=1&name=2GB[/url]
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He's still over budget as it is with the 1GB version, unless he runs something higher than 1920x1200 or really high levels of antialiasing, the memory is not going to be a bottleneck. I've yet to run into one at 1680x1050.

When you are on a budget you go with the strictly necessary.

[quote name='GP007' timestamp='1359549430' post='595489700']
I'm also going to upgrade from a 5770 1GB, I could get the 7850 right now but maybe it'll be best to wait for the new 8000 series. Anyone know when those are expected to hit the market?
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Q2, but take into account the equivalent card is going to be a further 2 months away. With the 7xxx series they launched the high-end in January, the low-end in February and the middle-end in March. On top of this the 1GB 7850 came even later.

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[quote name='GP007' timestamp='1359549430' post='595489700']
I'm also going to upgrade from a 5770 1GB, I could get the 7850 right now but maybe it'll be best to wait for the new 8000 series. Anyone know when those are expected to hit the market?
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Soon, but probably not soon enough for the 7850. I don't expect those to drop much more, and the replacement card will be closer to $200.

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i have a 5770xxx and it can still play any game on the market cranked to the max. the fan kicks in pretty loud when i play Far Cry 3 but i do not have any framerate problems.

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I'll wait a bit and see how my 5770 can last for now. I'll just drop the res lower as needed.

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Id of gone with the XFX 7870. Good make that is i got the XFX 6870 1GB Black edition. rock solid performer. Sapphire and Asus are 2 other really good manufacturers. I like the style of MSI but had a rubbish experience once of a gigbyte card so i stay away from them now.

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