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Right, as you can see, I have a 512mb version of the HD4670. I will be leaving to study hopefully by the end of the summer. I thought I would upgrade my video card before I go to something that would last me a good while.

The question is, what would be a good card for me to get? And, should I buy a card now or should I wait until the end of the summer? Here are some of the requirements:

Resolution: 1680x1050 (I plan on keeping this current screen, but the card should be perfectly suited for 1920x1080/1200 as well)

Budget: Let's just say the total MAXIMUM that I would be willing to splash out is somewhere along the HD5850.

Though I would highly prefer to pay less, as I want to save money.


Priorities: I do not play games as much anymore as I used to, so gaming really is not a priority. Though I would like to run GTA IV on as high settings as possible, while keeping a good framerate.

Would the HD5770 be a good "future-proof" choice? What about the HD5830?

Btw, I do not care if the card is AMD or nVidia. I will be perfectly happy with either. All I want is a good card that will last a good while. I do not plan on upgrading the video card anytime in the next few years...
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post #2 of 16
Wait and see what the Market does.
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post #3 of 16
Definitely get the 5850. You will very satisfied with it.
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i would wait for re-fresh.
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pshh if anything, the prices on these 5XXX cards have gone up the past 8 months. The 5850 was around 250-270 when it was first released. Now its around 300.

the 5770 is definitely not future proof if you want to max out games that will come out a year or two. If that is not a priority, the 5770 will do fine.

However I would like to tell you, that GTA IV will absolutely murder that card. You cannot max it out with a 5770. Even with a GTX 295, I have a tough time with it.

Otherwise, the 6XXX cards are just around the corner. I would wait for them to be released.
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Otherwise, the 6XXX cards are just around the corner. I would wait for them to be released.
and then you can snatch up the 5970 for a steal of a deal!
    
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post #7 of 16
The 5850 would be a great choice if you want good power. Aside from that though the 5770 would do pretty good for your monitor as is if you want to save some money, and it's future proof in the sense that you could always get a second later on and CF them.
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Here are my take on your question:
1.) Don't play the waiting game. For now you'll say lets wait for the HD6xxx series then you'll say lets wait for the GTX5xx series then HD7xxx and on and on and on. Trust me.
2.) No such thing as future proof but I think even a 5870 can run you up to 2-4 more years considering that on the 3rd and 4th year, you run games at med or high quality w/o AA.
3.) If you wanna play now and have the money then buy either cards from ATI or Nvidia.
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pshh if anything, the prices on these 5XXX cards have gone up the past 8 months. The 5850 was around 250-270 when it was first released. Now its around 300.

the 5770 is definitely not future proof if you want to max out games that will come out a year or two. If that is not a priority, the 5770 will do fine.

However I would like to tell you, that GTA IV will absolutely murder that card. You cannot max it out with a 5770. Even with a GTX 295, I have a tough time with it.

Otherwise, the 6XXX cards are just around the corner. I would wait for them to be released.
If you call Q1-Q2 2011 right around the corner.......

I'd recommend getting an HD5850 if you want the best bang for buck right now
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post #10 of 16
I would recommend waiting for as long as you can, to see if you can get some kind of deal. Otherwise, I'd definitely say get a 5850 (but that's only because I'm biased towards it =0...)
 
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