After obtaining feedback from my previous post I was going to buy HD5770, however with the release of gtx 460, I need more advice.
My current rig is
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
ATX Intel P35 Express
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512mb
PSU: Evergreen Silent King 550W
I will be getting a new rig in March (with budget around $2000).
I want to play Final Fantasy XIV in high resolution mode (1920 x 1080 )in September, so I need a new card to use til i get a new computer. I do not intend to do anything else with the current computer except playing final fantasy XIV.
I dont intend to take the new cards I bought and do a crossfire or SLI in my new rig.
Please give me advice on cards that optimize between performance and price. Which card should i get?
The option I have are (I live in Japan so the price of the cards I can get are different from US)
That Power Supply is a little weak and has a rather low amp value on the 12v rail and it also only has one 6-pin PCI-E connector.
What is meant by the PCI-E connector is that the video card will need two 6-pin PCI-E connections from the power supply to properly work. Check out this link and scroll down the first page to the bottom and you will see what they look like...
As for the video card selection, based on the resolution you are playing at?, i would either go with the GTX 460 1GB or the 5830 1GB as the higher memory will accomidate that resolution quite well. Anything over 1GB will be overkill for that resolution.
All in all, from the reviews i have read, the 460 seems to be a better performer than the 5830 and it also has VERY good overclocking potential.
If it were me, i would go with the GTX 460 1GB.
Keep in mind, you WILL need a better power supply, so if money is an issue, let us know.
Some good suggestions for power supplies are below:
If i choose not to change the power supply, then is it still possible to use HD5770? (I am sorry i am really bad when it come to computer...)
You definitely don't need a new PSU for the HD5770. It would be a good idea for the GTX 460 but if you don't overclock then it would probably be ok also. However at the prices you are quoting I don't think the GTX 460 is a good value. The 1gb GTX 460 will cost you 59% more than the HD5770 but only be about 30% faster if you don't OC. If you want to OC then you need a new PSU which is even more cost which will likely out weigh the benefit.
Considering it is a temporary situation it seems to me like the HD5770 is the best choice for you. It will still give you good if not great performance at your resolution.