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The Four Eyed Bandit
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Building a new PC, I'd say mid range.

Being mid range, I would have to settle for a mid-range graphics card, which I wouldn't mind if there wasn't this one thing plaguing my mind.

Iv'e learned today that I'm able to get ATi Radeon HD 4890 cards at £90, and ATi Radeon HD 4870x2 Cards for around £100-150 (Bids)on Ebay.

My original plan was to buy a HD 5770 at £100, (I think mainly for the DX11) but now I'm in complete dis-array.

I need to know what you think I should do, is buying a DX11 card a good idea? What games use it, and what games are going to be using it?

(If there are any Nvidia cards in the same price bracket(s) that you think I should look at, give me a nudge =P )

(I'd also like to point out, I'll be running an AMD Phenom II x4 965 CPU.)

Cheers,
Ben.

Razear
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Can you push your budget a little higher? Have a look at the 6850...another option would be the GTX 460.

The Four Eyed Bandit
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I can't I'm afraid, cards around £100 are all I can get.

The Four Eyed Bandit
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Basically to recap:

Is it worth me getting either:

ATi Radeon HD 4890 for £90,
OR
ATi Radeon HD 4870x2 for (around) £120
OR
ATi Radeon HD 5770 for £100.

Since Iv'e been hearing DX11 isn't all its cracked up to be. (Or I could be mixing that up with DX10.)

Another thing to discuss would probably be, wil the prices of cards such as the HD 5870 and HD 5970 be pushed down by the upcoming HD 6950, 6970 and 6990 cards?
...Thinking of people selling their old 5000 series cards on Ebay in order to upgrade.
Please, by all means discuss.

Damouton
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More and more games are comming out for DX11 so yeah, try to get something that has DX11. The 5770 is not bad for the price. You can crossfire that card later on...

Fodir
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what i always tell people who are buying new computers, is not too look at what games are around right now, and what they require.

if you're buying a new pc you will be mostly using it to play new games that will be coming out in the future, and all of the new games will require directx 11.

so i would advise you to prepare for the future, buy a card that supports directx 11.

The Four Eyed Bandit
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Would it be wise to wait until the other 3 or 4 new 6000 series cards are out? Since I'm thinking people will be wanting to sell their old 5000's on Ebay in order to upgrade.

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Well 5770 is good buy only if ur getting the 5770 single slot from xfx since u can cf and get great performance without taking 2 slots per card. Not to mention they run cooler than the stock duel slot cooler and are quiet. It's still the most powerful single slot graphics card.

If ur going for performance get the 4870x2 can't go wrong with that. DX10 is still good, if ur running a cheap lcd then u won't see any difference with DX11.

HD4890 not worth getting in my opinion.

HD 6850 and 6870 replace the hd57 series cards.

I would Pick the HD5770 single slot from xfx if it was my choice.

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hnkftalnot
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New games don't "require" DX11, they will use DX11 if the hardware supports it. If not they will revert back to using DX10. It will run fine, just without the extra eye-candy DX11 offers.

I think the 4890 is still a good card, it beats the 5770 in most cases. It's just that it's an older card and support for it will disappear. But that doesn't mean it will not run newer games.

And yes I think it would be a good idea to wait and see what happens when the other 6000 cards are out, since I get the feeling you want to future-proof it a bit and don't want to buy an old card and call it a day. The 6950 will probably replace the 5850 so I think there is a good chance you will be seeing cheaper 5850s by then, if not in stores then certainly online.

HARV3Y HAN5RA
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Get a GTS 450 from scan.co.uk

Look for a Palit Sonic one :D £97

And a phenom 955 will save you a tenner or two