First time poster, long time reader. I'm building my first computer and I'm stuck on my graphics card choice. So, I thought I'd ask the smaht guys here. This is my NewEgg build so far with a budget of around ~$1600 (its been 8+ years since my last one and I'd like to have this one last as long, too).
I'm not a hardcore gamer to say the least, but I like to be able to run the latest and great games without getting left behind. Yet, I don't mind turning down the AA or any other stuff like that all too much.
Current build: Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3
I don't want to spend over $200 on a card - I just can't bring myself to that price range. Plus, if I can throw in another card for XFire down the line and extend the time between upgrades, I'm much more open to that. I don't mind not having a DX11 card - unless you guys think otherwise?
What resolution will you be using for gaming? It could make a difference in what is recommended.
For example if you're on 1680x1050 I might suggest the 5770. If you're on 19200x1200 or 1920x1080 the 4890 is probably the better choice at your price point.
I would like to run at 1920x1080, but I'm not all about running at max resolutions as it can sometimes ruin frame rates. Just looking for good value, longevity, xfire possibility, and able to keep up, but not be at the bleeding edge.
Good choice of system parts by the way.
I notice the CM V8 CPU cooler hinting at the possibility of some overclocking.
If you feel the same way about your video card I think a 5770 would be a good fit.
The 4890 is a somewhat better @ 1920x1080, but if you got a good overclocking 5770 you can narrow the difference difference to almost nothing. (of course you could also OC' the 4890 a bit as well).
I think pretty much the same way you do - going after a good gaming experience without getting wrapped up in 'uber insanity'. Sounds to me like a 5770 (with the option of a 2nd later) is a good fit for you.
Also worthy of note are the power requirements, size and other physical characteristics of the 5770s.
You could easily step down one size in PSU and case size and not loose any performance or upgrade-ability at all.
JackNaylor is right about choosing a SATA optical drive.
I think dx 11 is something that you might actually want to use later,
not the way dx 10 is...which....sucks ass
so I think you should get a 5770, and later crossfire that
but only if you're 100% sure that you WILL crossfire
if you're not sure get the 4890
Honestly, I would cut some costs on the hardware you have listed and dedicate a little more of your budget to a GPU. This can be done without any hits to performance.
Case: Go with the Antec Nine Hundred Two. It has all of the same features of the Twelve Hundred but saves you some money. It can still accommodate pretty much any hardware you'd want to toss into a machine.
Cost savings: $40
Ram: I've been a Corsair fanboy for a long time now, but the price premium of the dominator ram just isn't worth it. I got this OCZ Kit - same timings as the Dominator stuff, just much cheaper.
Cost savings: $90
Otherwise everything makes sense, you could save a little on the heatsink but thats not a big deal (and the V8 is sweet, I have it)
This way, you're able to dedicate a little more to your GPU budget - something like a HD 5850. The rest of your computer screams high-end performance, the GPU should too - especially since it's so easy to find room in your budget.
Wow, guys! You've given me some really great advice. So now I'm going to go review my build and take your opinions into consideration. I really do appreciate all the help and honesty with this. I'll report back soon.
I think my only hesitation with the 5770 is the 128-bit memory interface.
The 5770 isn't a bad card at all. I just put one in the computer I built for my GF. She plays on a 1920x1080 display and is runs most stuff smoothly. However, it does show some struggling on more intensive games like Crysis - not too bad on High settings, but unplayable on Very High.
I'd reccomend a 5850 if you can find one or, since the 5850s were put up in price 2 5770s in Crossfire isn't a bad pick either - pretty much the same cost and same performance (taken from Tom's review on the 5770).
Like I said before, cutting some costs and dedicating more $ to the GPU is a really good idea. If it were my build I would be patient and regularly check for availability on 5850s - giving you the opportunity to add a 2nd in Xfire later instead of already having 2x 5770s and needing to scrap both when you go to upgrade.