Am planning to buy a new pc(essentially for gaming and entertainment). My choice for graphic card is ATI HD 4890 1GB. But i have 2 serious doubts which peg me from buying this card. 1) Since this card has started to become obsolete (obviously because of the 5000 series), many manufactures like XFX, MSI, saphire, Zebronics have stoped shipping this cards in India. In my city (Chennai, India), only PowerColor stocks are still there. I think they too will stop it in a few weeks time. The point is, am a little skeptical about PowerColor. They are giving 3 yr warranty. But i dont know about their quality and reliability. Is it advisable to buy a PowerColor? 2) In case i buy the HD 4890, can i use this card for atleast 15-20 months to play the upcoming games with fair performance? I am not an ultimate gamer, but a smooth gaming experience is all i need. I have already looked into HD 5770 and 5850. While HD 5850 is a little too pricey for my budget(also requires more powered SMPS), the HD 5770 is not satisfactory as i need the performance of a HD 4890 or better. So, can i buy the HD 4890 only available from PowerColor, or is it worth buying the pricey HD 5850? At the max i will be gaming for 2 years.
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A 5850 will give you better performance + directx11 + Eyefinity support. Also, it will give you extra life before replacement. If I'm not mistaken, a 5850 uses less power than a 4890.
As for vendors, go with HIS/Sapphire/Asus/MSI/Gigabyte if you're not confident.
Yupe! I know 5850 is a damn good card and even better than the 4890. But at the moment its a little pricey for me. In India the difference is actually 130$ (6000 INR). I am satisfied with the 4890, as its a monster itself and i believe i can play games are a fair performance for next 15 months or so.
The only problem is, I have only PowerColor stocks in my city (or even in India). MSI/Sapphire/Asus/MSI all have stopped shipping it. So is PowerColor good to go? If it is seriously not recommended, then i have to find a way to buy the 5850.