Which cardright for me?

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i have the following:

core 2 duo e6750
2gb pc2-6400 ram
gigabyte ds3 mobo

for a long time i was waiting for the 4870, and by wait i don't mean waiting for the release, i mean waiting for the 5850 to come out and drop the price of the 4870, which didn't really happen.

would the 5850 be my best choice or will it be bottlenecked due to my setup? will prices stay at $260 for a while and/or will the 4870 prices go down because of the 5850 release you think anytime soon? thanks.
 
The 4XXX series is going to be discontinued, not to mention that the 5750 @ 150$ will beat it.

The 5850 would probably 'neck you though, unless you OC'd that to the higher 3ghz.
If your resolution is anything under 16x, just get a 4870. Anything above, a 5850 would be worth it.

*Prices won't fall until nVid releases their cards for competition, and that'll take quite some time ;)
 

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dumb question but does video card determine resolution or monitor? for some reason i swore my monitor only did 1680x1050, however with another card if i could go higher, i would.

yeah i mean i bought the e6750 with the intent of OC'ing it later on instead of having to upgrade 2 years down the road. it has an aftermarket cooler on it so it's ready to go. ideally i will probably purchase more RAM and windows 7 64 to handle that RAM in the future and OC the cpu. that would be my "upgrade," hence why i'm leaning towards the 5850. however, that is a lot of ifs, and your response answered my question perfectly.
 
Your monitor determines your resolution. My 18'' monitor uses 1280x1024, and if I tried 16x, it'd probably give me an error.
With an AMC, you should be able to go ~3.8, depending on its quality.

2x2GB (Dual-Channel) Ram would be fine (I haven't checked if you can do dual-channel. If you can, go for it!).
But yeah, the 5850 is great.