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TweakTown Holiday Buyers Guide 2009 - Shane's Holiday Picks - Video Cards and RAM

The TweakTown team gets together and talks about what you should be looking at these holidays either for yourself or as a gift to others.

| Guides | Posted: Dec 4, 2009 3:31 am

ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series

 

Buy Now and Price (HD 5970) - $679.99

 

Buy Now and Price (HD 5870) - $419.99

 

Buy Now and Price (HD 5850) - $314.99

 

Buy Now and Price (HD 5770) - $164.99

Buy Now and Price (HD 5750) - $144.99

 

You can't go wrong with the new HD 5000 series, be it the new HD 5970 that we love due to its insane amount of power or the HD 5770 that packs a fair bit of bang for buck, offering the ability to play games at 1920 x 1200. If the budget is really tight, though, you can't go wrong with the HD 5750 either. While more so aimed at 1680 x 1050, it could do a bit of 1920 x 1200 gaming at lower details.

 

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Looking at the HD 5970, we wouldn't go into specifics on the brand to buy. To be honest, I can only suggest that you buy the one you can get a hold of. If you're trying to be specific about brands you might run into trouble trying to find the one you want. With all models being extremely similar, however, you couldn't really go wrong with any of them.

 

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Looking at the HD 5800 series, you again can't go wrong with most companies choosing to use the standard layout at the moment. The only one that really stands out is the HD 5870 Vapor-X from Sapphire which we loved, but availability in some countries is better than others. If you can get the model and don't mind spending the extra money, go for it, otherwise you won't be disappointed with most branded HD 5800 series cards.

 

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As for the HD 5700 series, we've seen a few companies mix up that model. If you want to stick to a tight budget just buy a stock one that carries with it a stock cooler. On the other hand, if you want something that's a bit more special, maybe look at the Vapor-X HD 5750 from Sapphire or one of the new HIS models which we'll be looking at soon.

 

The HD 5000 series at the moment is such a great line-up and the chances are there's going to be something in the budget to suit you or the loved one buying you the present. We've got an absolute wealth of graphic card reviews here at TweakTown and if you want to do a bit more research on the brand or model, make sure you have a look at some of our recent reviews to make sure you're buying the right card.

 


GSkill PC3-16000 Ripjaw 4GB Kit

 

Buy Now and Price - $199.99

 

These are one of the most recent memory kits I looked at and if you want to dive into overclocking on your P55 based motherboard, they're a fantastic option. Not only does the fact that PC3-16000 means we can achieve a clock of 2000MHz, but the more relaxed timings make it one of the cheapest PC3-16000 kits on the market.

 

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There's faster dual channel memory kits out there including some new PC3-17600 2200MHz kits, but these carry with them a huge price tag and are going to simply be too fast for some people who won't be able to get any real use of the kits.

 


Kingston HyperX PC3-16000 CL8 6GB Kit

 

Buy Now and Price - $279.99

 

If the X58 is your weapon of choice then you're going to want a 6GB kit of RAM. Again, though, while there are faster kits out there, the HyperX PC3-16000 kit from Kingston represents some excellent value. And if you want to pimp your RAM a bit, for an extra $20 USD we would highly recommend the purchase of the dual fan that helps make your RAM not only look cool, but run cooler.

 

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The 8-8-8-24 setup on the modules isn't the most aggressive, but it helps keep price down which is important when it comes to spending money. If you're happy to spend more there are other options out there, but honestly, if you want a nice 2000MHz DDR kit that isn't going to bust open the bank, check out this one. Make sure you get the fan, though; it's a nice little extra and doesn't cost much at all.

 

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