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Should I wait for a 5870, or just settle for something else?

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October 31, 2009 11:12:19 PM

I'm building the system discussed here. Unfortunately, Radeon 5870s are nowhere to be found.

My goal is to play some L4D2 asap. But I'd hate to buy a different card if the 5870s are going to be widely available soon.

Should I:
a) Buy a cheap substitute to tide me over a few months until I buy two next gen nVidia's or two 5870s.
b) Wait a week/month/decade for the 5870 to be in stock.

If I should cave, what substitute card should I grab? If I hold off, how long should I expect to wait?

(I bet a lot of people are facing this dilemma.)

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October 31, 2009 11:32:39 PM

Some ETAs on the 5870s have come and gone with no change, but maybe if I keep an eye on the 5850 I'll have better luck.

Maybe I should drop down to the 5770 (Juniper XT). It supports Direct X 11 and saves me a few hundred, how bad can it be?
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October 31, 2009 11:45:58 PM

What resolution is your monitor again?
November 1, 2009 12:24:31 AM

You'd be better off waiting for the 5850/5870 for that resolution
November 1, 2009 12:27:40 AM

Fair enough. Thank you for your help once again, build!
November 1, 2009 12:28:29 AM

My pleasure :) 
November 2, 2009 2:43:44 PM

PowerCooler's 5870 is up, should I jump on that or wait for a different brand?
November 2, 2009 2:45:02 PM

Nvm, already gone. I think the answer next time is "yes, jump on it."
November 2, 2009 2:59:16 PM

Lol yeah they go quick!
November 2, 2009 6:51:14 PM

Found a 5850 at a local parts store, broke down and bought it. Slightly overpriced, and not the 5870 with Sapphire's new VX cooling or whatever, but I can finally set that anxiety aside.

Now when's that spinpoint f3 1TB with 32MB cache going to get in? :) 
November 2, 2009 6:58:23 PM

SAMSUNG HD103SJ 1TB SATA 3.0 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk $89.99 - $15 MIR

I've used quite a few times and never had a problem with them. In fact, they use better shipping materials for hard drives than Newegg. They ship their OEM hard drives in a little foam enclosure instead of just wrapping them in some bubble wrap and hoping for the best.
November 2, 2009 9:47:14 PM

Wow, good find Shorstuff, I've been waiting for Newegg to get that back in stock, going to grab one of those.

And Brownbat I don't think you'll be disappointed with the 5850, have one my rig as well, if it doesn't satisfy, just crossfire down the road when they're cheaper, that's what I plan on doing.
November 4, 2009 2:07:13 AM

Seems to be up and working. :)