Gtx 260 vs HD 5830
Hi, I was just wondering how much of a difference between gtx 260 and the HD 5830. There almost the same price as far as i have seen. And one one last thing which card do you all think would be more future proof?
The better question is HD5770 vs GTX 260 vs HD5830 and the answer to that one is that the GTX 260 will give you similar performance to the HD5770 but lack DX11 while costing roughly $50 more and the HD5830 will be 10-20% better while costing roughly $100 more. Neither are worth the extra money. There's no card priced between the HD5770 and the HD5850 that's really worth the money imo.
As for a system build for that kind of budget I would probably go for something like this;
Phenom II x4 955 or an i5 750 = $160 or $200
motherboard with at least x8 crossfire, 6g/s SATA and USB 3.0 = $130-200
4gb DDR3 1600 = $110
1TB hard drive = $90(go for the Spinpoint F3)
Quality brand PSU capable of crossfire later = $75-100
Case = $50-75
HD5850 = $300
1920x1080 monitor = $200ish
For the Phenom II system it would probably be around $1100, i5 $1200.
Alternately you could go for an i7 system and an HD5770 but if gaming is the most intensive thing you use the computer for(highly likely) then I wouldn't.
X2 5850's for $300? You mad bro?
Rosewill is not a particularly good brand nor is that PSU particularly cheap. Here's a 700w PSU of a better brand that's the same price but has a 10% off promo code and a $25 rebate making it much cheaper;
For the case the Antec 300 is half the price right now and a much better value;
An good CPU fan/heatsink is a good idea though, forgot that in the list. $45 might be a lil high though.
I'd go with a brand where the label can be trusted over a mediocre brand where the listed stats may not be accurate(even if they are slightly higher.) Also especially for PSUs you'll want to go with professional reviews rather than what is on Newegg. I haven't really looked lately but know that traditionally Rosewill is not held in high regard by the experts on the subject.
know you can't trust every review, but here are some;Quote:Has no issue with my Phenom II X4@3.7ghz, 5870, 4gb DDR3, 2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, 3 120mm fans (4 if you count the large cpu cooler I have on it). Unless this thing dies too soon it's a home run. The features are just there.Quote:AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.8Ghz 19x200 1.5V
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 @ 1066 5-5-5-15
BFG GTX 260
2x Seagate 7200.10 320Go in raid 0
2x WD Caviar Black 500Go in raid 0
Pioneer DVR-212D S-ATA
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro
Coolermaster Storm Scout + 2 side door 120 MM coolermaster fansQuote:No complaints about a month in.
Quote:I bought this psu in October to replace an ailing power supply. The connector wires are a good length, didn't have to get creative to connect everything. still up and running.
Then of course there's ones such as DOA, died a month in, which are few and far inbetween (though I'm sure these occur much less with Corsair). This PSU is still pretty nice.