I'm effectively planning on buying 2 ASUS 23.6", 1920 x 1080 res.
My fault, I wasn't clear for the budget. It's 500-600$ for the GPU only
If I buy a HD5850, I would have a loose 100$
Where should I invest it ?
And why should I choose a 5850 over a 5870 ?
The reference model HD5850s are known to be solid overclockers with many overclockers boasting performance as good as the HD5870. I'm personally waiting for my ASUS DirectCU HD5850 to come in so I can push its limits as well.
What resolution are you looking to play games at? If you don't mind going a bit over budget, you can get 2 5850s and run them in crossfire and you would essentially have a setup similar to running a single HD5970.
Could I only purchase 1 HD 5870 and wait until I have the money for a second one ?
Would 1 HD 5870 supports most games out there til I get the money ?
Absolutely. The only reason I recommended the 5850 is that dollar for dollar its performance is solid, and with a $600 budget I would be looking at getting 2 of them as a makeshift cheaper 5970. Getting two 5870s will also be a solid choice, especially if you're willing to get one now and another later since the second 5870 might be cheaper when you get it.
Not getting two cards now also has a secondary benefit. If you decide that a single card option is better than a second 5870 in the future, it'll be easier to sell one 5870 than two 5850s to help lessen the blow of the next upgrade.
The 1GB would be great.
850W enough for Crossfiring 5870s, even a trifire would work.
Thanks, I have two other questions
First, In many built, TH is using Crucial's 6GB (2x3) RAM. It has lower latency for a better price over the Dominator. Should I get these ? Can I trust Crucial ?
Second, TH recommend CoolerMaster's HAF 932 over my Antec 1200. Should I listen to Tom's Hardware ?
Mushkin's kit is definitely better. Could I overclock them to 1600?
No, I'll go with the 932.
If it was your build, would you go for the HD5850(x2) or the HD5870(I would buy another one after) ? If you have another suggestion or preference for GPU, it's the time lol