Upgrade time! GTX 260 216 or 5850 ooor 5770 ooooooor 4890

Hi, I am upgrading from a single 4850 512. should I buy a gtx 260 c216 for 170, a 4890 for 200, or a 5770 for 170. My main reason for upgrading is because borderlands runs like a sloth on weed on my 4850 (not really, but I need to turn shadows off and the framerate dips when any npcs or enemies are onscreen) and apparantly it runs MUCH better on nvidia cards. I mainly only play that and games like L4D2, Modern warfare 2, team fortress 2, and far cry 2 (that's alotta 2's!) and the only games I can't crank up are tf2 (dips when in heavy action, I hate dips of any kind) farcry 2 and borderlands. oh and also fallout 3.

My specs:
4850 512mb
Phenom 2 920 @ 3.4 ghz
4gb ram
vista 64
1680x1050 22" monitor.
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More about upgrade time 5850 ooor 5770 ooooooor 4890
  1. Best performance for the price gtx 260 unless you pick one of the 4890 cards on newegg with MIR at $179. Less performance but newest tech (DX11) 5770
  2. anyone else?
  3. Radeon 5850 was best price/performance ratio when it was $260...now at $310 i wouldn't get it...i'd hold off until availibility is fixed and the 5850 goes back to $260...or less. I have it, and it's amazing...crysis maxed out at 1920x1200
  4. Just noticed the HD5850 in your title which of course would be the most powerful. Why the hell did you leave it out of the post?
  5. The 260 isn't enough of an upgrade...I would say the 4890 isn't either and the 5770 is a nice card but you'd notice nothing much in terms of fps.

    5850 or bust tbh.
  6. I agree with jennyh, a 260 might perform better just in borderlands it's one of those bias games but in terms of fps increase i wouldn't count on too much out of it in general.
  7. ok, when should I expect the 5850 price to go down then? I have all of the listings on newegg set for price alert at $280.
  8. gonintendo said:
    ok, when should I expect the 5850 price to go down then? I have all of the listings on newegg set for price alert at $280.

    If I had to guess I would say after the holidays.
  9. rolli59 said:
    If I had to guess I would say after the holidays.

    how low do you think it would go?
  10. Around $250.
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