Video card upgrade

Hey guys,
I currently have an ATI Radeon 4890 and im looking at getting a new video card. These new GTX480s caught my eye but I heard that there are cheaper Radeons out there at the moment that can deliver close to the same power for a significantly cheaper price? So basically I just want to know, what is the best upgrade from a 4890? My budget is around $600

cheers guys
Paul
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  1. for 600 dollars?

    grab two GTX460's in SLI. you'll have cash over, and it will be a massive performance gain.

    if you want a single card option, (due to power supply or mobo constraints) I'd simply suggest a 5850. though for a similar price it offers much lower performance.

    LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127511
  2. What's your mobo, PSU, and screen resolution?
    I agree with welshmousepk, 2 260s will be a killer for ~ $400, but if you're determined to spend the whole $600, go for 2 5850s. If your mobo and PSU can handle them that is!
  3. If you're going the Fermi route, I'd suggest the 1GB 256-bit card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566

    The 460 is the best bang for the buck for the time. Get a couple of them in SLI and you're good to go for a while. It'll give you better performance than the 5850 imho.

    Keep in mind that 2 cards means twice the power consumption

    If you want to consider the 480, here's a few:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814130552
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814134111
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814127502

    Though I dunno if its a smart idea to get the 480's in SLI....not due to compatibility isses (there won't be any!), but simply because these two monsters will consume power from the depths of hell!

    For the 5850's, thy these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814150494
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370

    Conclusion:
    The 460's in SLI should do the trick.
  4. Yes, if you motherboard is SLI two GTX 460s are the way to go.
    If it is crossfire get an HD5850(or two I guess) and OC the hell out of it. Get one that allows for voltage modification for a better OC(usually 1ghz+.) At that point it will give you performance similar to a stock GTX 480 but for $150 less while also using much less power.
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