Need some Graphics card advice

Hey everyone, I'm getting a new rig but I'm on a budget. I've been doing some reading and see that a lot of people are recommending ati cards. I thought Nvidia has been dominating ati lately. I was fully expecting to get an evga nvidia card and a core 2 duo and be done with it, but it seems to be more complicated than that.

Anyway here's what I'm looking at so far...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

I'm looking to spend between $150-$200 and want the best performance/reliability for this price range.

Any help would be very much appreciated =)

thanks!
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  1. **I'd like to add that my monitors resolution maxes out at 1440x900 (which is fine for me), im very interested in futureproofing, at least 3ish years, and im upgrading from a radeon 9800pro/athlon 2600+ :D


    heres one im starting to seriously consider...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150438

    I hear the 4890 beats the 260 hands down
  2. ati radeon hd 5870 DIRECTX 10 VS DIRECTX 11, see the differance for your self.......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR40GwRtFyw
  3. what? wtf?

    that card goes for 400 bucks dude.

    Sick video though
  4. ^ If you could spend just about $50 more, you can get the HD 5850 for ~$260, that is as powerful the GTX 285 and is the younger brother of the HD 5870...
    But I highly doubt you can find 1...

    But if you are not worried about next gen then this card is fine...they both have a good price but dont have a lifetime warranty but they would have 2/2+ years warranty though...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161299
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102852
  5. Thanks for the reply.


    The lifetime warranty is very important to me actually, and spending an extra 15-20 bucks is worth it in my eyes. Trust me man, I've been there, hardware failure out of warranty is a nightmare.

    The 5870 would be perfect, but an extra $60 is a pretty big deal on a $200 product, and the 5770 is a bit too slow.

    I just want to know if the most powerful card for $200 is the HD4890, since that's what I'm leaning toward.
  6. ^ Yes ~$200, the HD 4890 is the fastest...But in a years time, you would want to upgrade to DirectX 11...but that will solely depend on your needs...
  7. Or maybe wait for the Black Friday as you will get better deals then...
  8. I don't upgrade that often actually. I've been using a 9800pro for about 7 years now.

    About DX11, I'm not holding my breath. I remember all the hype (and awesome videos) about DX10 a few years back and never saw anything miraculous come out of it. I'm rusty on that, so could be wrong. I won't be purchasing for a few weeks, so I'll keep a look out for 5850's though, that's what I'd really prefer.
  9. yea u will be sweet with the 5850 for some time :)
  10. After thinking about it, I wouldn't mind waiting a few months if the 17 and 5850's drop down to around the $200 mark. it seems like a big tech upgrade and figure the prices will be lower after christmas.

    what do you guys think? can i expect these $270ish items to be more like $200-220ish in a few months?
  11. ^ Sure... Once when cards from Nvidia are launched, you can see a decrease in pricing...
  12. llmercll said:
    what? wtf?

    that card goes for 400 bucks dude.

    Sick video though


    dnt be a knee jerks .. i m jst trying to point out the DX 11 features... 5770 and 5850.. also have dx 11... and are cheaper..
  13. Ahh sorry mate, didn't mean to offend =)

    I actually did some research and I'm really liking the HD 5850. I'm thinking I might wait till after Christmas and see if the price drops closer to $200
  14. llmercll said:
    Ahh sorry mate, didn't mean to offend =)

    I actually did some research and I'm really liking the HD 5850. I'm thinking I might wait till after Christmas and see if the price drops closer to $200


    :kaola: :love:
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