I've just about finished assembling my new system, but i've held off buying a GPU because i'd gone slightly over budget so i'd just like some feedback on which i should get. My budget is from around £125-£175.
I have no preference between ATI or NVIDIA.
I'm UK based so if possible i would like to use ebuyer/overclockers.co.uk
I would stick with the GTX460, the HD5770 and 5830 are far weaker and I would not recommend either for this new build if you intend to go up to 1080 resolution later.
Also have a gander at : Misco, Ebuyer, Microdirect, Scan, CCL, Aria and Dabs (but ther are others ).
My ideal would be a 1 Gb version, but check the prices carefully and bear in mind the GTX460 tends to run cool and quiet, even with stock cooling.
Thanks for the replies, the GTX 460 linked above was my first choice, the only reason i hesitated is that in some benchmarks, at 1080 or over, sometimes the lack of frame buffer badly affected fps. However i'm not entirely sure 256MB RAM is worth an extra £40.
And as far as the 6000 launch, i know it will bring down the price of the 5000 series, but will it affect NVIDIA prices much?
The release dates and performance figures for the upcoming 6XXX cards are unknown outside of AMD, everything else is just speculation.
As for prices, it is not carven in stone: The HD4870/4850 prices fell slowly and even increased a little after the 5XXX release and with both companies keeping a tight reign on supply I would expect to see the same pattern when the 6XXX is released.
Pricewise there is not that much between the 1Gb GTX460 and HD5830, but it depends on where you look, and a little careful searching can save a useful amount of cash.
Given the fairly poor heat/power characteristics of the HD5830 I'd still opt for the 1 Gb GTX460.
As for reviews, it depends where you look, this one says the exact opposite of Toms!
Here the 1 Gb GTX460 bests the HD5830 in almost every test and was the review I based my comments on.
This just highlights the importaince of reading more than one review before making a decision and also checking the numbers: In both reviews the margins can be quite small although the graphs may magnify them and make it look like one card dominates the other, even though the speed differences may only be a few FPS.
steer clear from the gtx465, it's expensiver, run much hotter and use alot more power than both gtx460 and 5830, it also penforms worse.
i'd highly recommend paying the extra for a 1gb version. on my 5850 few games like gta iv all maxed @ 1360x768 uses 982mb; crysis very high 4xaa uses 800ish mb at the same resolution , and there are more games than just that.
plus you never know maybe in the future you'd like to sli 2 460s and get a big monitor, your framerates will double but you'll still be limited to only 768mb which can be a problem at high resolutions