Ati 5770 or nvidia gtx 260 for video editing/trans-coding and occasional gaming

I need advice on getting a video card for my first build to do photoshop, video editing/trans-coding and occasional gaming. I couldn't decide if I should get the GTX 260 or the ATI 5770 card. Also, is ATI 5850 overkill for my purpose?
Thanks in advance.
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  1. 5770 - its cheaper, performs around the same, has less load power consumption, less idle consumption and has dx11
  2. ^ this.
  3. Except for gaming, none of the tasts listed use the Video card. Get something good enough to handle what gaming you do, put the money saved into a faster CPU and more ram.
  4. OK. Here is the my build. Please comment and advice before I pull the trigger.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAID1 Data HD: 2x HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    OS HD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
    PS: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    RAM: 2x CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
    CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    HEAT SINK: Cooler Master V8 Nickel Plated Copper Base Aluminum Fins 8 Heatpipes Core i7 1366 CPU Cooler

    I read that nvidia is better for video/photo editing and thus has been considering GTX 260 or GTX 275 instead of HD 5770 or HD 5850.

    Thanks in advance.
  5. The biggest two knocks I see are the V8 and the ram. The V8 is pretty expensive for what you get. There are as good/better coolers out there for less. I'm also not sure I'd jump to 12GBs right now. Try a single set, get more later if you need it.

    For video/photo editing it mostly doesn't matter what GPU you have. If you have an Nvidia card you can use it to do the editing, but you need the special software and I'm not convinced its better then the CPU options out there.
  6. Thanks for your reply. You gave me a lot to think about. ...
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