Hello there everyone.
in about a month or so i plan to start putting together my new rig i went with a crossfire ready mobo, and my cpu is undecided ATM (with athlonII 630 x4 vs phenomII 720BE x3)
I need an ati graphics card crossfire ready in case i get another card in the future.
I plan on using a 37inch lcd hdtv as a monitor, and from what i understand most graphics cards fall bellow the line when hooked up to a monitor this size.
I am on kind of a right budget tho i can cut corners with some things.
An recommendations for a graphics card?
That HDTV will most likely be running at 1920x1080, or 1080p as it's called in your TV. Even if you have a smaller monitor, like 23" or so, as long as it's still 1920x1080 it will tax your graphics card just as much, since they're running at the same resolution.
I'm assuming you want to play games. Which games do you plan to play? What is your budget? Since you really need to use that full resolution to its advantage, you wouldn't want to skimp on the graphics card. Since you want ATI, I suggest you get the 5750 or the 5770, for 130 and 170 USD respectively. Try to fit it in your budget. Trust me, nothing beats the fun out of games more than 10 FPS slideshows.
You will want at least an HD5770. They can be had for $150-160. Optimally you could get an HD5850 but at $300 I suspect it is out of your price range.
The HD5830 should be out sometime soon and will fall inbetween those two. It could be a good choice.
The Radeon 5750 is a good choice at $120-$130 which gives 'good' performance upto 1920x1200
The Radeon 5770 at $160-$170 is also worth checking which will give you 'great' performacne upto 1920x1200
5830 HD is said to be priced around $200, but no one knows the actual price yet, but it will be around $200 price point, may be higher, to give you 'exceptional' performance, like 4890 and 275 upto 1920x1200
Right now i am on an old dell 2400 kickin with a nice pentium 4, and like 256kb of cache, as you can guess my computer now has a hard time playing solitare, let alone any other games. I am sure once i set up my new rig i will start playing more games on my pc. Generally im into war games (battlefeild, COD, etc), sports mostly hockey, racing games, stuff like that. Im not concerned so much about the games, since i havent played in years a game on my comp (battlefeild 1942, and it BOGGGED), rather then movies. I am worried about watchin movies on my tv, threw the computer, that the resoultion will be horrible, or it will lag, or something like that ( i do have a 1080p)
My budget isn't to high, i am mostly buying parts as i see them. I would like to not jump the 800usd range, but inevitably it will probably happen.
Now.. what would be better 2 HD5750's @crossfire, or 1 5850
FYI i would not purchase 2 cards at the same time, this rig is like a work in progress for me, a year after i set this up i most likely will get more RAM, a better cpu, maybe hook up crossfire aswell
Yeah, that was a nice combo. I'm sure something else will turn up though. The prices are always changing. I see a few of the other components I linked have already changed in price. You can probably find better deals than what I linked for the case/psu as well.