GPU help for new build as of 10 Jan 10

I am perplexed and could use some advice.

Am doing my new build.

I7 920, asus P6T, 6 gig ram, a caviar black HD, a 24" lcd monitor at 1280 x 1080
win7 at 64bit

Have used a 8800gts for years in old system.

I mostly do online games, but may start trying some single player ones for fun.

Right now the prices are annoying.

Nvidia wont have new dx11 cards till after march, maybe 2nd quarter. I read in march they will release some renamed old cards as a 300 series but not dx11.

right now costs are:

geforce 260 $200-220
4870 $180-200
4890 $210-220
5770 $180
5850 $265 on sale to 310

in order rated at
5770< 260/4870<275/4890<285/290<5850

Now at the current cost this week, what the heck should I buy?

I wanted nvidia cause used em for years and reliable. But they seem to be not good performance for money anymore.
I read tons of posts about ati drivers for 4xxx series having issues, also their fan controls being problematic.
I also read the 4xxx series has been stopped and thats why prices going up, cause becoming scarse due to no new production.
I also read the nvidia 2xx series also being stopped soon.

So given costs right now, is it worth an extra $50 to get the 5850? Is it even worth buying a cheap card to wait for nvidia dx11 cards, whenever those come out?

what would you folks recommend?

I dont wnat spend 200 dollars for a card good for only a year or so, but dont want to spend a ton for a card i dont need for games i play.

any advice appreciated.
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  1. At 1280 x 1080 all of those cards are overkill. If that's a 512mb 8800GTS it should be great for that resolution. If it's 320/640mb it should still be pretty good but for a card that would be a nice upgrade this HD4850 would be a good choice and a nice deal;
  2. Read this article ... I have summarized the results so you can tagrget only the areas you wanna read.,2491.html

    Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

    $50 - HD 4650
    $65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
    $85 - 9600 GT
    $95 - 9800 GT / HD 4830
    $110 - GTS 250 512 MB
    $120 - GTS 250 1 GB
    $155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
    $200 - HD 4890
    $240 - 2 x GTS 250
    $310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
    $330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
    $400 - 2 x HD 4890
    $410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
    $465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
    $625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

    1280 x 1024 is a typical 19" monitor resolution. Did you mean 1920 x 1080....or perhaps your card limited you to that resolution ?

    As you can see in the article, even the $50 card does great at your stated resolution. Looking at the last page of that article, it says that yoiu gotta jump 3 tiers to see a real difference. That puts you in the territory of the 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+,
    GTS 250 HD 4850 and HD 5750

    I'd say the 250 is the absolute ,most expensive card you should consider at this least until you up your resolution.
  3. Aye that charts prices are already out fo date.

    the brand new lcd I just got is 24" 1080HD, resolution is 1280x1080

    I am giving my old system to someone that needs it so doing all new parts.

    Should I have bought a higher resolution monitor?
    The reviews said I wouldnt notice any difference with games I play, again online mostly.

    I know with the 8800gts on old systemn alot of online games had some lag at times, when alot of stuff happening. I want to avoid that with new build.
  4. Are you sure about that? I don't recall ever seeing a monitor of that resolution and certainly not that size. 1080p HD is 1920x1080. What is the brand/model?
  5. acer H233H 23" 1920x1080 resolution sorry had part wrong

    I havent even opened the box, if its not good, can take back and get another one.

    That change gpu thoughts?
  6. Alright, yeah, you were incorrect. That monitor has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080.
    I would go for the HD5850 if you can afford it. It's well worth the money with this deal;
  7. Ok, that monitor ok?

    Was on sale for only $130, regularly $210

    Should I get the higher resolution one?
  8. That sounds like a good deal. The monitor is fine. For much higher res you would have to pay $1000+
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