With speculation that Nvidia may be releasing a lower end part, something similar to a Geforce 450 soon and the upcoming Radeon 6000 series. Do you think price drops are in store for the near future? Do you think holding off on buying a Radeon card is a good idea for now?
Recently bought a pre-built system and was going to upgrade both the GPU and PSU for SC2 and was considering the Radeon 5770. But things could change in a week or two or more, and I don't wanna buy them only to find out they dropped in price.
My rule, is unless there is an official date that is soon. I don't worry about waiting. Tech changes so fast anymore you will see the next gen card come out and it will be priced high or sold out. Then you will be waiting and they will jack the price because of high demand. Unless you jump onboard on day one you will be wait and by then you will have wished you bought when you were looking.
So don't wait, don't speculate. Just get the best you can at the time. Next year, sell for 1/2 the price and buy the new thing. That's what I end up doing.
Thanks for answering. I was thinking of buying a graphics card, enough to run SC2 on max settings during the single player and reduced settings during multi-player at 1440x900 with no lag whatsoever during the most intense battles.
To give a basic run down of my system. It's a HP Pavilion 6510f.
I wanted to get a cheap PSU and GPU to accomplish this. I was thinking of getting the Radeon 5770, but I don't believe I need something that strong or expensive since most likely I'll be CPU limited with my Althon II x4 at 2.8 GHZ.
I think this article will give you a good idea of how much umph StarCraft actually needs to run with high settings. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/starcraf... Just remember their testbed is an i7. It does seem to scale well though. However, you are looking to run at max settings, so I don't think a GT240 will give you what you are looking for. What is your budget?
I agree. I thought the Radeon 5770 would be perfect too. Relatively small and compact considering the performance it deliver and excellent in power consumption. I considered some of the similar Nvidia based cards, but thought them too power consuming or too expensive. I'm considering the lower end Radeon cards. The 5750 or 5670 and have been looking for some good deals on them as well as the Radeon 5770. Concerning the PSU, I found it in another thread and thought it would fit my system excellently as it's vertical fan setup would assist the air flow in my case a whole lot better than a horizontal fan setup.
*With tax factored in
I was hoping to keep my expenses hovering around $600.
On another note, your right about processing power. My CPU is pretty inferior, and with the emphasis on CPU, my performance will be a lot lower than what your link shows.
It is indeed an excellent budget processor but considering the i7, my performance would likely be lower with the same GPU. I live in CA so I have that terrible 9.75% sales tax. My Comp. would of been $391 then. $416 originally, tax and then $25 dollars off coupon. As for the PSU, $40 with promo, another 4 with tax.
Oh, I already bought the system a few days ago by the way and have already been using it.
I'm still searching for deals, and the difference between the Radeon 5770 an Radeon 5750 isn't too great, 5 FPS or around there according to your link to XBIT, in SC2 anyways so if I find a great deal I won't hesitate. However I do know that the Radeon 5770 does perform greater compared to the 5750 by significant amount in general.