I've been trying to find a graphics card. After research I came to the conclusion that the Radeon HD 5850 would be the best card for the money I'd like to spend, which is around 300 dollars.
I've come to this conclusion considering the comparison of GTX 280 and GTX 285 to the HD 5850.
GTX 285 cards usually are 400 dollars from what I have seen, 100 dollars more than the HD 5850. For most games, the GTX 285 reports a lower or the same exact fps in comparison to the 5850.
Now my problem lies in the reliability of the Radeon HD 5850. With further research I've found that people have experienced some issues with the cards.
Grey Screen of Death
Other reported issues
And due to the card being similar to the 5870, I also fear the problems with that card.
You can probably find more examples of other issues with the series elsewhere.
My question is though, does anyone have any insight to these issues. Should I pick another card, if so what card? Are these issues rare enough to go ahead and get the card anyway? I'm pretty lost on what to do because this is my first build and I really want to avoid running into problems, please help.
Thanks for your time.