I was considering getting an HD 4850 for my current rig. There were a few concerns I had with this thought. First, the card is 180 dollars, which I know is an incredible price for the card, but in reality it's stretching my price range. On top of that, I'd need to spend money to get a new power supply, which would be another hassle. Then, I'd have to worry about having the room in my case for the lengthy card (I have a mid tower, it would be a close call), and hope that the card does hit the power plug thingy (forget the name, I can't think at the moment
) on my motherboard. The card also runs a bit hot, and my case is on the warm side as well.
So, I'm thinking of getting the HD 4670 instead, and most likely the 1gb version. It'll fit in my case, stay cool, won't have to replace my psu. I also wouldn't mind doing some nice overclocking to crank it up a bit more. I play on 1280 x 1024 resolution, so I don't need as high end of a card anyway.
My question is: Will the performance of a 4670 be a significant boost over an 8600GT 256mb (that runs hot)? And will the card be able to play all of the current games on high-very high settings at my resolution (sparing Crysis, of course)? From the benchmarks I saw, it was considerably better than the 8600GTS (Seen all different results though), but I just want to make sure that I won't regret this move, and that there's nothing else I should know about before buying this product. Also, when will the 1gb version be released, and are there any new graphics cards coming out soon that will make me upset that I bought a card too early? Thanks for any advice or input.