What to choose...?

Guys if this is a repost i am really sorry but i need your help... I currently have a very unbalanced comp viz
Intel core 2 quad q6600
Msi g31 board
4gb ram
500gb hdd
Yamaha sound card
Nvidia 8200gs
Cooler master cm690 case
As you can see some parts are old and some are newer comparatively... This is because i have been upgrading my comp on a 6 month basis..
Now i plan on upgrading my gfx card as it is dying..
So i want to buy a dx11 graphics card and have a budget of 350$... But i also have a 400w psu... So kindly advice me on the best possible graphics card for my budget... I have a 32in hdtv and plan on future proofing for another 3 years... My pals tell me to go for the 5850 where as others on the net tell me to wait for gtx 470 with a price tag of 300$... They also say that it will be accompanied with a price drop of the ati 5870... Please post your suggestions ask any help is sincerely appreciated...!
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  1. The 5850 needs at least a 450W PSU, however if you have a quality brand you may be able to get by on 400W. Unless you would like to upgrade your PSU if it is not a good brand, the card to get with the 400W would be the 5770. 32" HDTV sounds as if its a 720p TV, if it is the 5770 will work wonderfully with it. However for a 3 year future proof, you need a 450W PSU and Either a 5850 or a 5870.
  2. I'd say, this is a rare case where a Radeon 5830 + an Antec 500w fits perfectly on your budget.

    This is the PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    I've found a 5850 that goes a little over your USD$350 with that PSU, but I'd recomend it over the 5830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150455&cm_re=radeon_5850-_-14-150-455-_-Product

    This a 5830 wich fits on your budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&cm_re=radeon_5830-_-14-102-878-_-Product

    Hope it helps you decide, but wait for other replies 8)

  3. Thanks guys... That was quite relieving... How about the price drop concept... Do ya think its possible
  4. The GTX 470 will supposedly be $500 so that's right out.
    Definitely get the HD5850 over the HD5830. It's a much better card and a great deal while the HD5830 is rather overpriced. If your 400w PSU is a good one it may actually be able to handle the card but I would recommend something better so you can OC the HD5850(it OCs exceedingly well, up to 50%.)
    This combo is a nice deal;
    It is $15 more than your budget initially but there's a $20 rebate to make up for it. That PSU should even be able to handle 2 HD5850s if you want to crossfire at some point.
  5. Sorry jyjjy but for some reason i am unable to see the psu.. Could you tell me the name
  6. Its a:
    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W


    combo'ed with this 5850 xfx:
    For just under $345 after MIR.
  7. but do i need somthing like 700w
  8. Would you rather pay more for a weaker PSU for some reason?
    And if you want to be able to crossfire someday you wont need a new psu.
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