Hey guys. This is my first actual post on this forum, but it seems really good with good advice. I'm on the market for a graphics card that will last me at least 3 years. I've got an OCZ 700w PSU, a Quad Core Phenom, and a Radeon 4550. The latter must go.
So my budget is around $230 MAXIMUM. Anything more than that shipped is out of the picture. Rebates are fine by me.
I'm looking at the 6850's. They seem pretty good, but then I found a 5850 for the same price that was better for raw power. Then I decided to look at some 6870's, and I like them too. The 6850 and 5850 are both $185 shipped before tax. The 6870 is $230 after a rebate.
I also found a HIS 5850 for only $169, but I've heard they're customer service is 'nonexistent'.
I've heard XFX has cheap PCB's, but they seem to be the most popular, too.
The Gigabyte seems great, and has dual fans.
The Sapphire seems lackluster, but they are a trusted name, and I will get that one if I decide on the Gigabyte if the Gigabyte is out of stock.
I'm probably getting the Gigabyte or Sapphire, but I'm really looking for advice. My current main game is Bad Company 2, and I want to be able to crush that. Any of these cards will, but which will last 3 years and has good customer service? I might even get a 1 year extended warrantee for the ones with 2 year warranties to make it through that last year.
I will overclock like mad, and my case has about 5+ fans, so heat isn't an issue unless the heats are insane.
Unless the 6870 is really worth it, I'm really looking at a Gigabyte or Sapphire 6850 against an XFX 5850. Which should I get??
Oh, and Crossfiring is out of the picture, because my MOBO has one PCIEx16 and one PCIE x4. Huge bottleneck, but I dont have the money for a new one or crossfire anyway. CF scaling is not important, either.
I will probably get the XFX 5850 if i can, or if the rebate ends, the Gigabyte 6850. I was looking at 5770's a month back, so wither is great. Did I mention I have the HORRID 4550? ITS HORRIBLE! Anything is a step up!
Alright. Thats what I was thinking. Any info on the cheap PCB or anything? How about the benefit of the 6850's optimized shaders and not running on correct drivers yet? If i can convince my dad to let me get the 5850 now, I will, but if not should I get the Gigabyte? Thanks.