Purchase date: NOW
System Usage: WoW / Web Browsing
Parts NOT using: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, **update** I have a GTX260 video card
Preferred website: Newegg, and buy it now vendors on ebay
Parts preferrence: Intel i5, SSD drive to run WoW/Win7 64bit, mid tower
This will be my first ever build. I have taken mobo's out before and replaced cpu fans and such. But never a full build. I'm a little nervous. I'm trying to maximize my dollars here, any info is appreciated.
I'd still consider getting a new card. The new 5xxx series cards are a lot better than anything nVidia has...
Not entirely true.
The GTX 480, and even the GTX 470, spank the HD 5870 in quite a few tests.
And besides.. WoW is really a game that doesn't depend on the GPU nearly as much as it depends on a good CPU and RAM. So in his case, getting rid of the GTX 260 and getting a 5xxx series card is just a waste. If you avoid looking at the electrical bill anyway.
The 470 doesn't beat the 5870. The 480 might. However, the 470 performs closer to the 5850, but costs more like the 5870. The 480 performs only slightly better than the 5870, but costs a good 25% more. That's not even considering the massive amount of power you need to run them, the amount of heat the 4xx card put out, or how much better the 5xxx cards are in mulitple card solutions. I really wish it wasn't true, but the new nVidias are just not good buys.
And nVidia only has some options (albeit poor ones) in the high end market. nVidia has absolutely nothing that is even close to competing in the lower end.
If the OP is looking at the lower-end build, then I would stick with the GTX 260. If it's the higher end, I'd definitely think about replacing it. The 5870 has about the same performance as the GTX 260 in Crossfire. That doesn't even consider the other benefits.