So its finally time for me to drop some cash into some new components. My current system just can't cut it any more. I don't need a complete machine, just the essentials. I'll be reusing my current drives (HD and opticals), Koolance case, and 550W PS.
Alternative for the $100 would be to buy a new HD or a couple new games. (Dragonage, Dawn of War 2)
My buddy says i should just continue to use my 8600gts and wait ~6 mos until the 58xx series drops in price. I honestly don't think I will be running crossfired cards or need a ton of GPU power due to the monitor res. So I think i'd like to stay with a single card.
Well, I hope that makes sense. Let me know any opinions, suggestions.
i have a 4890, and it gets a 5.9 in vista and handles every game handily, including dragon age on max at 1920x1080, but idk what u want it for. depending on if you want usb 3 and sata 6, then get this:
it also has a 1600 MHz version, but it is out of stock, and this one has lower latency, way lower voltage, and can oc to atleast 1800 MHz. the 8600 GTS cant max out those games, but it can marginally play them, but i recommend upgrading now.
The 5870s wont likely come down much in price. 5850s quite possibly will drop back to the $260-$275 range IF ATI ever catches supply up to demand. Given they changed their stocking model to be much more lean that may or may not ever happen.
I'm running Dragon Age at 1680x1050 on a HD4850; all settings are maxed except 2XAA (haven't tried higher), and it is smooth with no jitters. If you're not going to replace your monitor any time soon, just get a 5750 or 5770. If you will replace it with up to 1680x1050, a 5770 still ought to be the most you'll need.
Alternatively, and cheaper, a HD4670 is a big step up from an 8600GTS and is $65-$70 now. If you're going to replace the monitor, but maybe not for a few months, this will let you spend a little now, and save for future upgrades.