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November 10, 2009 8:48:17 PM

Well. Im getting ready to build a second computer and the 5850 i want is on backorder till the 1Q of 2010.
For my pc i have now i have a dell 23" monitor with a resolution of 2048 x 1152. Ive already ordered 2x radeon hd 4770's bc it was cheap and the second computer i am going to build is going to be for my wife and more of a "normal" use computer. I originally had picked out a vapor-x 4890 but changed my mind at the last moment. Now im stuck wondering whether i was right or not. I know the 2x 4770's beat the 4890s most of the time until the higher memory bandwidth is needed, but i never saw benchmarks of 2x 4770s vs a stock o/c'd 4890 vapor-x. Should i have gotten 2x4770's or a vapor-x 4890 or possibly 2x4850's or maybe even a 5770 for a price around $200? Yes i know, the 5850 is a great deal for near this price but my patience is running thin with this build i have just sitting here. I am thinking of returning the 4770's before opening them b/c although im not going for the best performance possible i do not want to wast money where i can get a higher performance at the same price. Graphics cards are confusing me. Any suggestions?

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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2009 9:30:51 PM

Dunno what cpu you're running, but a single card solution will ease the cpu requirement and allow you to double up later if you really need it.

So I'd recommend going back to your original thought of a 4890. If you are going to move now.

Seems even cheaper than 2x4770.
November 11, 2009 1:41:06 AM

the one i was going for was the vapor-x but..i just happened to click my bookmark for the hd 5850 on newegg tonight and guess what? I got it before i even got the auto notify.. i got lucky, should have my 5850 in by friday. im stoked now..ty for your help though.
a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2009 5:28:57 PM