So, ive been debating on whether or not build a new i7 machine, and although I really, really want one ... I can't really justify the cost ATM.
Being as what I want will run me about $900 and that excludes a new GPU Im thinking maybe just upgrade the GPU now, and put the whole new platform on hold for 6months -> a year.
Anyway, I currently have a HD 4890 Vapor-X & I really want to stay with Sapphire for an ATI card. Simply because I have a few of them and they've all been fantastic.
What Im looking at:
5850 2GB Toxic ($369) Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE Toxic 100282-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
5850 1GB Toxic ($309) Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Theres also a Vapor-X version of this same card. Only difference is its not factory OC'd and a bit cheaper at $294)
5870 1GB Vapor-X ($394) Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
So, Im curious if anyone knows if the 2GB memory will help any at all over the 1GB at 1920x1080? I do like using AA and AF.
ive seen both reports, yes it helps and no it doesnt untill higher res above 1080P.
Would the 5870 be worth the extra cost over the 5850?
Im wondering if the Toxic 5850s may perform nearly as well as the 5870.
Looking for some thoughts and opinions.