D11 aside, doesn't the Geforce GTX 260 offer superior performance to the Radeon 5770? From a lot of the benchmark tests I've seen, it looks like the 5850 is the card where the 5000's series performance becomes worth while. Is this wrong?
@real world. No, you are correct. A gtx 260 will usually perform better than a 5770. But considering his low resolution at 1280x1024, a 5770 will suffice with the added bonus of dx11, energy efficient, being cheaper etc. Also leaves the possibility adding another 5770, which in crossfire scales well, when the OP decides to get a better monitor.
GTX 260 is a good card, but as I stated in my previous post, a 5770 would also be a good investment alternative.
Alternatively, you could look at the 5770s. It'll run you ~$10-$20 cheaper and has newer technology, dx11, energy efficiency, and all that good jazz.
Thanks for your hard drive recommendation. For a DVD drive, I heard great things about the Samsung S223.
But anyway, so you think I might as well grab the 5770 over the GTX 260 then? OK, how about compared to the 4890? I hear a lot of discussion online of getting the 4890 because it's more powerful or the 5770 because of low power consumption and Dx11 support.
Yes, 4890 does perform better. Yup, 5770 has lower power consumption and dx11. Blindly, I'd say to go with a more future-proof 5770. The 4890 and 260 perform better, but that doesn't mean 5770 sucks. At your current resolution, you shouldn't have a problem with any game. Even with a new high res. 1900x1200 monitor, you'll still be fine with a single 5770, aside from running crysis on max with AA, etc. etc.