Ok i have the chance to get a 2 month old reference 5850 for $275 Canadian dollars, or a gtx 460 1gb for $230 on newegg which with shipping comes to around the same price as the 5850.
what would you guys recommend me to get,
consider longevity of the card as well,
i also have a 4850 which i have sold to my friend for $150 do you think i should just get my 4850 back (which i wont be able to sell for much later) or do you think I should pick up one of those other cards or even a different card altogether.
what has the best value, and dont worry about crossfire or w/e i dont have support for it
and if it matters my monitor is only 1680 by 1050 but i occasionaly use my 1080p tv to play some games,
im not a heavy gamer just looking for value, and longevity
you guys think a used 5770 at $160 would provide with better value than this? (or a new one for 200)
For 1680x1050 the HD5770 will be pretty good. At 1080p the HD5850 will certainly help a lot on the more intensive current and future games, especially if you want to use AA. Considering you say you wont have the option of crossfire in the future I would say get the HD5850 if you can afford it. The reference HD5850 also allows you to raise the voltage of the core for a huge overclock(usually 40%+).
LOL my final decision is a lame one.... im going to play my dusty (modded) 360 for a while until ati 6XXX series are release then by a good card then.
i also have a shitty 8600 gt i can use for now for playing my beloved blizzard games so its all good