The general consensus seems to be that waiting two weeks for the new video cards to be released is a good idea however i doubt that i will be able to afford them anyways when they first come out. So should i just go ahead and get an 8800gts? Or will they undergo a price drop once the new cards are released?
Well the 4850 is supposed to be $200 when it launches, which is under the price of the 8800gts. So even if the price is a little high because of limited avaliability, it wouold just bring it up to the price of the 8800gts. So if you can afford the 8800gts, you should be able to afford the 4850.
But yes, the prices on other videocards should also drop, and you can save money there.
With the launch of the new cards so near, I would definitely say it's worth it to wait and see what happens.
It is totally worth the wait. I can't wait to upgrade from 2600xt. esp from ATI because to be honest they made some mistakes with thier 3800's series they going to fix most if not all of it with 4800's.
The release date which is supposed to be a hard date (stock on hand for retailers) is June 18th. Seen estimated prices for the 4850 to be $179-$219 with the 512 DDR3. The 4870 will be a month or so longer for release.
(all theorycraft and i can neither confirm or deny how accurate any of that is)
Wait, so the 4870 is actually releasing later? I thought it had the same release date, but there probably wouldn't be enough cards to get one easily at a good price. At least until sometime later in the summer.
Wait at least to get lower prices on current cards. Worst case, the new cards are a flop and not much better but because they are next gen current cards should drop in price a bit. Win win situation if you ask me. Thats why I'm waiting till new cards come out. Primarily the new Nvidia cards though.