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

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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  1. I don't know about the 5870's but newegg has ETA's on their 5850's. For example this one from XFX has an ETA of 02/11/09 (which is tomorrow) , if you can wait the 5850 would be a very worth alternative.
  2. 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?
  3. What resolution is your monitor again?
  4. 1920 x 1080
    (Acer 21.5" HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen 16:9 LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 20000:1)
  5. You'd be better off waiting for the 5850/5870 for that resolution
  6. Fair enough. Thank you for your help once again, build!
  7. My pleasure :)
  8. PowerCooler's 5870 is up, should I jump on that or wait for a different brand?
  9. Nvm, already gone. I think the answer next time is "yes, jump on it."
  10. Lol yeah they go quick!
  11. Hey brownbat tHe estimate arrival on is 11/15/09

    SAPPHIRE 100281SR radeon hd 5870 (Cypress XT)
    Estimate arrival on 11/15/09). (*Limit 1 pcs/customer)
  12. 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? :)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Seems to be up and working. :)
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