I've heard that AMD is releasing the Radeon 6900 series next month. Will this effect the price of the 6800 series? I've been looking at the 6850 and 6870, but $200 is my max budget. I was hoping one of them would be on sale for Cyber Monday, but I'm not seeing anything so far. I'm sure that the 6800 series is probably overkill for the games that I'll be playing, but I just want to get something that will last a while.
My questions are:
1. Should I wait for the 6900 series to get released and expect the 6800 series to go down in price?
2. Should I even buy a 6800 series card, or should I spend less and get something like a 5770?
3. Should I save up for a 6900 series card?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: $150 - $200 (before rebates)
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (TF2, SC2, LFD2, and Borderlands) and Video Editing
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon HD 4290 (Onboard) & Corsair 650TX
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PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, but yes, eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Monitor 1 (1920 x 1200) and Monitor 2 (1280 x 1024)
So..Orange Box, L4D Engine, RTS, and Borderlands. If 'yes' for overclocking I'd grab an HD6850. Even an HD5770 will max out Tf2/L4D2 at your resolution (my HD4850 plays L4D 4xAA/8xAF/1920x1080/Max Settings @ 90FPS.
The release of the HD6.9K probably won't affect HD6800 pricing (maybe drop the HD6870 prices back to $230?), and it might drop the HD5800 prices a little more before those vanish.
The 6900 series cards wont be within the $200 mark. They would be much more expensive from what i feel. Anyways, its only a matter of weeks before they come out and you can wait for them if you want. They are expected to hit the shelves on the 13th of Dec.
I think you should wait for the next version. Why spend money now for tomorrows junk graphics card? Dont you want something in your system that you are proud of. Buy a $5770 and no one cares. Great that you can run yesterdays games but what about the new games?
Buy a 69XX and you will be set for the near future
Also the HD69xx cards are the new high end class from AMD, placing them over your current budget and, most likely, needs.
For the games you list, the HD5770 or gts 450 is going to be enough but neither is going to play DX11 titles, even at 1280x1024...Unless you enjoy pretty slideshows
This looks like a new/newish build so I'd suggest something around the HD6850/ GTX460 class would be a better choice rather than getting a just adequate HD5770/GTS450 class of card then having to CF or replace it within a year or saving up fror a HD69xx only to find the tri-core CPU holds it back.