Need to upgrade my 8800 GT 512mb Card....in a Dell XPS 420...

Mackie2k

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So I got this Dell XPS 420 box, it came stock with a 8800 GT 512 meg card. The power supply isn't anything awesome, I think its 400watt or so, but obviously its enough to run the 8800 GT without issue.

I run at a pretty high res, 1900x1080 and play alot of WOW/Call of Duty: MW2 and I'd like to get a card that will run a little bit better without requiring a huge amount of power.

Any recommendations?

I'd like to keep it under $300.
 

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Its funny- I have a XPS 420 box myself and just went through this. The new ATI Radeon 5770 is perfect for this as it pulls crazy low watts and puts off very little heat which is great for the XPS 420 box.

I ordered mine from Newegg (got the $169.99 VGA SAPPHIRE|100283L HD5770 1G R ).

Make sure you get the shroulded version not the cheaper egg cooler one.
 

cusideabelincoln

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The 5770 is probably the best and safest bet. In practice it basically draws the same amount of power as the 9800GT.
 

Mackie2k

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Its funny- I have a XPS 420 box myself and just went through this. The new ATI Radeon 5770 is perfect for this as it pulls crazy low watts and puts off very little heat which is great for the XPS 420 box.

I ordered mine from Newegg (got the $169.99 VGA SAPPHIRE|100283L HD5770 1G R ).

Make sure you get the shroulded version not the cheaper egg cooler one.
Is the perf that much better on the 5770? The reports I saw on Anandtech reviews said it wasn't that much better.
 

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Is the perf that much better on the 5770? The reports I saw on Anandtech reviews said it wasn't that much better.
Wasn't much better than some high end cards with very early drivers, while using much less wattage, much less heat, and quiet to boot. If you look at its performance compared to the closest card by power use- it destroys it IMHO.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=13

"At 256W for load power, the 5770 isn’t quite the winner here like it is for idle power. The 3870 beats it by 14W at the cost of a significant degree of performance, while the 8800GT is neck-and-neck with the 4770, again with a decent-sized performance gap. Everything past here approaches 300W and beyond. As a result, even if it’s not the least power hungry card we have, it’s very close, and it’s certainly among the best for on a power-to-performance ratio."
 

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Wasn't much better than some high end cards with very early drivers, while using much less wattage, much less heat, and quiet to boot. If you look at its performance compared to the closest card by power use- it destroys it IMHO.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=13

"At 256W for load power, the 5770 isn’t quite the winner here like it is for idle power. The 3870 beats it by 14W at the cost of a significant degree of performance, while the 8800GT is neck-and-neck with the 4770, again with a decent-sized performance gap. Everything past here approaches 300W and beyond. As a result, even if it’s not the least power hungry card we have, it’s very close, and it’s certainly among the best for on a power-to-performance ratio."
Good info.

From the test results, the 5770 beats that 8800 GT every time, somtimes as much as 2x the frame rates....

Plus the fact that its DX11 compatible....

I hope it works well with my Cable Card/Media Center setup.

You got this one right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-858-_-Product
 
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ginzero

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I just upgraded to an XFX 5770 from an 8800GT using the new Catalyst 9.12 drivers. No issues so far and nice performance gain noticed in Borderlands and DoW2, running at 1600x1200 now also.

My system:
XPS 420
Q6600
Stock 375w PSU
Windows 7 64-bit
 

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