I want to upgrade my graphics card from a 9600GT to a current generation board. I originally had my sights set on the 5770, but now I have a 225$ HIS 5830 in the mix as well. Furthermore I've heard recommendations on other threads that I should consider a 5850 as well. I'd prefer to spend between 200-250$ with tax and shipping, unless the 5850 is the undisputed best choice.
I'll be gaming at 1920 x 1080 on the most recent games, and I do plan on overlcocking.
What path should I be taking? If you do recommend a card, could you also indicate a brand, or whether or not different brands matter?
Here's my system
II X4 620 @ 3.2GHz, OCZ Gladiator 92mm cooler.
4GB Corsair PC-6400
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H mobo
OCZ 600W ModXStream PSU
Hitachi Desktar 500GB HDD
Case with 3 120mm fans, 1 80mm, so airflow is not an issue right now
Ahh, so you do plan on overclocking. That's the selling point.
You WILL want an HD5850. Particularly an Asus DirectCU edition, which is $320. This card will outperform the $400 HD5870 when overclocked, and will stay very cool. An HD5770 or HD5830 will struggle on 1920x1080, especially with the more recent games (Metro2033, etc).