Originally Posted by RichM499
The 5850 will no longer be $300. It will be more like $150 or $200 and the newer, faster, and most likely more efficient NI or SI midrange card is most likely going to stomp the performance of a 5870 with a cost that is less.
He will see a large improvement with an I7 as well, and it doesn't make a whole **** of a lot of sense to invest in a $300 video card when 6 months from now it will be old news.
My advice to kyle is to upgrade the processor and hold off on the video card. Good things are coming soon.
From what I have read, the I7 has minimal improvement for today's games since they don't utilize the multi-thread technology.
It looks like kyle52 wants to buy a computer now, not in 6 months, and he still needs a video card. I guess it depends on how often you want to buy/upgrade.
Kyle52, if you want as great system today, get the 5850. If you want to listen to Rich and chase the latest technology, and keep getting the latest thing every 6 months, then buy an ok card today and I guess buy an ok card in 6 months, and probably keep repeating it every 6 months after that.