Hi guys, I've been lurking in the forums for quite a while
and decided to register and begin my post about my planned
video card purchase.
Basically, I prefer to play my games on 1024x768 resolution (My
monitor is still a 17 inch CRT monitor and thus best resolution
is 1024x768?) because I do not see any visual improvement beyond
that. No AA but 30 to 60FPS constant if possible. Detail levels
from medium to highest are acceptable for me.
The most recent games I have bought are Oblivion and Bioshock, and
currently I'm not planning to buy any games more recent than those
two as my buying tendencies is to wait till their price goes lower
than half than when newly released.
In this rig, I think currently the bottleneck is found in the
video card and because of it I'm planning to buy a Radeon
3850. So in my current playing preferences, would it be
better to buy a 3850 rather than a 3870 because I actually
prefer to play on 1024x768 performance wise?
I think you'll be fine with the 3850 if you don't upgrade the monitor. Before I switched to a 22", I was running a 17" CRT, and my x1900xt had Oblivion running at 40fps on near-max settings outside, so I was happy. But if you are going to upgrade your monitor anytime soon, I'd go for the 3870, instead.
I also have a 17" crt and I use a 512mb 3850. In CoD4 I get about 50 fps online at 1024x768 with all settings on high. I can crank up the res alot more and my fps drops to mabey 40 but like you said on a 17" crt it's hard to notice any visual quality increase past 1024x768 so thats what I play most games at. Games like wow or CnC3 i can use max res 1600x1200 with all the settings on the higest and still pump 50+ fps. So ya I think you will be happy with a 3850.