i know an HD5970 on 1440x900 is an absolute overkill,
but i'll be keeping this card for five years of more, so then im just
future-proof should i upgrade my screen.
Now my question is, will i be able to run it without problems? Because i've
searched tomshardware about this, and i found some people having problems on that resolution with that gpu. Is it because of the're gpu, or is it because they get SOOO many frames that the screen goes nuts? (if that's even possible)
oh yeah so i did haha Ooops! I'm not sure how many amps are needed to power a 5970 + Other components.
This is nuts, i'm going back, refreshing and there you go
You corrected your error. Tomshardware
But back to the hdd's, its said that those use up alot of power. But i have two of them (sorry that i don't know wich type they are ). What would be the average power consumption of two hard drives?
I'll think i'll be able to just get it right, and run it ok.
But i want to know what you guys think
In my opinion Id be far cheaper if you got something like the 5830(4890 performance) for $200 today and a 6830 when it comes out, then a 7830... Far more consistent FPS over 5 years and will cost you less than the 5970 (both up front and electricity bills). The self proclaimed "upgrade as needed method".
Don't you think a 5870 would suit you better for now? Next Christmas you'll be able to crossfire it for cheap, or in two years you'll be able to upgrade it again with whatever is out then. (In two years, GPUs will likely be 2-3 times as fast once again.)
Take the 8800 GTX that used to be the top dog 3 years ago, now its in the middle-low range of cards. Admitingly enough it still can perform very well at 1440x900 but that could change in maybe a year when you will have to lower some AA or textrues.
Again I must say if you spread out that $600 and spent ~$200 on each new generation of cards over 5 years you would get the maximum performance without wasting money or graphical horsepower. You would idealy upgrade to a new card just before you need to lower textures to increase your FPS.
Massively overspending for something MUCH more powerful than you currently need is simply a terrible idea. Spend 1/4th of the money on something like an HD5770. It's still definitely overkill for your resolution. It's not going to last you 5 years but honestly I doubt even the HD5970 would. Just spend $150 on a card that suits your needs and upgrade when it is appropriate. It will save you money now and in the future. Paying the premium for the highest end tech when you don't even come close to needing it is always a mistake.
A real monitor(1920x1080+) and an HD5850 would be a much better use of your money in terms of actual gaming experience and still cost significantly less than an HD5970.
These prices are from a UK online store - so US prices may be cheaper. I selected the PowerColor 5850 because it is cheapest here + still has free Dirt 2 game (not many left that do here). I must state that PowerColor is not my favourite brand. I believe XFX in the US has a LifeTime Warranty which is worth the little extra cost
5970 = £540 or $843
This little setup = £364.97 or $570.13
Could even buy 2 5850's + that 24" LED backlight 1920x1080 screen for £574.95 or $898
Only a tiny bit more than you were going to spend anyways - But... don't buy the 2nd 5850 until you feel you need it as it will be cheaper later.
This setup will also be the same or a "tiny" bit faster than the 5970 for some games.
PS I just bought this monitor and am Very Happy with it ~_^