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Worthwhile Upgrade From ATI 1900XT

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Hi all,

I've just ordered the below components as my system really needs an upgrade, it's been some 3-4 years since I last did it as I have been mostly console gaming but want to also start again on the PC.

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU)
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) X2
LG GH22NS40 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
Akasa AK-274CB-4BLS 120mm Blue LED Fan

My question is, do I go ahead now and order a ATI 4890 graphics card for around the £150 mark or do I wait for the new 5xxx series to be released, also what is the best ATI card "bang for buck" at the moment, not really bothered about overclocking to be honest but just want the best performance for my money really ... guys all advice will be appreciated.

Thanks
Stu
 
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The 4890 is widely regarded to be the best card "bang for buck", so I'd definitely go with one of those if your budget is around the £150 mark. Whether or not you wait to see if prices go down once the 5xxx series cards are released, though, is up to you -- I'm sure others will recommend you do, if only to be on the safe side.
 
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Yeah, I was thinking to await the release of the 5xxx series cards just to see what the price point is like, isn't the release date something like the 23/09?

Will give my system time to arrive and then I can see how things with the newer cards pan out I guess but I know I need something better now than my good old 1900XT lol.

Stu
 
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The 4870 @ £100 is probably a lot better bang for buck than a £150 4890, as the 4890 isn't 50% better than the 4870. The 4850 is probably on equal bang for buck footing as the 4870 though.

But yeah, wait and see what happens with the 5xxx series. That's probably your best move.
 
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You'd be a little foolish to buy right now mate. Wait a week and see what the prices of the new kit is and what it does to the lower spec stuff too.

sub £100 4890? You never know, now wouldnt that be a bargain?
 
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