I currently want to upgrade my VGA card, but I can't decide:-
1. NVIDIA GTX 260
2. ATI HD 4870
3. ATI HD 5770
4. ATI HD 5850
I currently game at 1280x1024, but I’ll be buying a new monitor that’ll maximum go to 1680x1050 (beyond that on a monitor with 20-so inches is costly and utterly unnecessary, IMO).
My current specs are:-
• Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300 @ 2.8 Ghz
• 4GB DDR2 RAM
• Hard Disk One 500 GB
• Hard Disk Two 250 GB
• ASRock G31M-S Mobo
• 400 Watt PSU (though with a new card I will of course upgrade to 550 Watts)
What do you say? The power savings on the 5770 are incredible, and I am an ATI supporter, but I would buy an NVIDIA if there’s better performance at the same price point...
I've heard that 5000 series ATI cards work in crossfire better than previous models. The power savings are pretty good, too. Compared to the GTX 260, I think the 5770 is almost half the energy cost and only marginally slower.
However the 5850 takes the cake but it's nearly impossible to find right now and even if you do, prices are high due to demand. It'll be like that until after Christmas.
HD5850 best long term, HD5770 best for price/performance heading forward.
And depending on the quality of the 400W PSU you might be fine with just that if it was a very good quality one with a 6 pin PCIe connector for the HD5770, but expect to get a new one for any card if it isn't, and the other cards definitely not.
I know this is an old thread, but the person who said a GTX260 is basically the same as a 9800 is talking utter rubbish. The GTX260 has 1.75 times the pixel fill rate, nearly twice the memory bandwidth (111.88 GB/sec as opposed to 57.6 GB/sec) and a bus width of 448 bits instead of 256 bits, 714 GFLOPS instead of 336 GFLOPS, 192 shader processors rather than 112, and so on.... the GTX260 performs considerably better.