which gpu should i get so i can play games at max settings at 1920x1200?
i can get a 5850 (oem) or a 5870(oem), but i need to do it quick b4 they go out of stock again.
i like to play RPGs mostly.
i have :
asus maximus iii gene mobo
4gb (2x2gb) corsair dominators DDR3 at 8-8-8-24 latency at 1600 mHz
30gb OCZ vertex ssd
4 standard HDDs for storage, etc... (and i run games off 1 of those harddrives)
samsung t240 24" monitor
currently have sapphire 4890 1gb
i have 4 120mm fans spinning at low speed b/c i find that the graphic card i have currently seems to get a bit hot when i'm just using the internet or something (at 59degrees)
i think the 5870 has a better cooler than the 5850.
I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance.
Your 4890 is on tier 5......using THG's rule of "3" leaves you with 3 choices
a couple Radeon HD 4890s will easily beat a single Radeon HD 5870 in the titles that matter today (perhaps this will change when DirectX 11 software becomes more pervasive). From a raw price/performance standpoint, this makes the Radeon HD 5870 a hard sell
But if I was you, I'd wait till post XMas when the non reference designs are in full swing as I expect those will boost things 15-20%. Ina ddition, hopefully, chip yields will get better and prices will drop.....and nVidia may have something out which also could help drive down prices.